Debates around ‘black-box’ and ‘white-box’ hardware can be misleading. Despite the all too obvious price difference, there is often very little difference in the physical boxes themselves. White box hardware can contain components from the same vendors, and is built by the same OEM manufacturers, in the same factories as branded boxes from traditional proprietary networking vendors. Since they are so flexible, white box switches can also be used to support a wide range of open source management tools such as OpenStack.
With Open Hardware, the ability to use standard, un-coded peripherals (often from the same manufacturer) can reduce total network costs by five-figures in even small to medium enterprises.
Open networking provides flexibility in many occasions. From the choice of OS and hardware to the ability to write custom protocols and applications to meet business needs.
In an open, disaggregated environment technology is applied and updated timely, allowing businesses to actively and efficiently participate to the evolution of the IT industry without relying on one, sole vendor.
Scalability is finally affordable and easy with more switches per operator.
Automation and efficiency result with less problems and time-loss.