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Now it's not only the largest tech companies in the world building their own data center infrastructure from scratch. If LinkedIn is any indication, mid-sized tech companies are also beginning to catch on to the trend. Via Business Insider:

In the shadow of its acquisition by Microsoft, LinkedIn has quietly begun talking about an internal project that has the potential to shake up the roughly $175 billion data-center hardware market.

LinkedIn's plan is somewhat similar to what Facebook is doing with its Open Compute Project. OCP is creating brand-new "open source" data-center hardware, in which the engineers from different companies work together and everyone freely shares the designs.


"We are not building servers and switches and all these things because we want to be good at it. We are doing it because we believe it gives us an advantage to control our own destiny," Zaid Ali Kahn, senior director of infrastructure architecture and operations at LinkedIn, told Business Insider.

This is a terrifying trend for vendors like Cisco and Juniper. In the past, only the biggest internet companies like Amazon, Google, and Facebook have gone this route: designing their own IT infrastructure from scratch.


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