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Google goes into hardware, develops 10GbE switches

The http://www.nyquistcapital.com/2007/11/16/googles-secret-10gbe-switch/ (opens in new tab) rumour was initially launched by NyQuist Capital which found out a huge discrepancy in the number of network components used and the actual number of network devices manufactured.

It is not the first time, Google used its massive influence to change the way things are being done in the hardware segment.

Last year, Google (opens in new tab) called for Power Supply Design changes in order to improve on power consumption, mainly because of financial concerns over the cost of provisioning electricity and for cooling servers.

Before that, Google's founders, called on the industry to adopt a single power supply standard for mobile devices like phones or PDA's and Google produces its own server (opens in new tab) (around 500,000) rather than relying on third parties.

This time around, Google is said to be producing 10GbE switches en masse after suppliers were not able to meet Google's demanding features.

Some of the main points of the reports are

(a) Google's Switch uses Broadcom 20-port 10GE switch silicon (BCM56800) & SFP+ based interconnect.

(b) The device uses Google's proprietary in-house designs to meet its specific needs, meaning that you won't be able to buy one off the shelf anytime soon

(c) Andrew Schmitt, the author of the blog posts, estimates that Google might be using about 60,000 ports per annum, which is rather low given that Google has roughly 1/2 million servers.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.