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The Future of Data Center Network Switches Looks 'Brite'

Published: 01 December 2014

ID: G00270327

Analyst(s): Andrew Lerner , Joe Skorupa

Summary

Network decision makers can reduce cost, improve management and enable long-term innovation using "brite box" switches versus traditional switching approaches. However, there are several caveats to this approach, and we identify when and where it makes the most sense.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

  • Traditional Switching
  • White-Box Switching
  • Introducing Brite-Box Switching
  • Benefits
  • Challenges
  • Adoption

Analysis

  • For Network Decision Makers, Include Brite-Box Switching on the Shortlist in Specific Usage Scenarios
    • Caveats
  • Provide Networking Staff With Time to Investigate Brite-Box Switching

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