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Is Brite-Box Switching Right for Your Network?

Published: 23 February 2015

ID: G00272969

Analyst(s): Joe Skorupa , Andrew Lerner


Network decision makers can reduce costs and improve management by using branded white-box switches ("brite box") in their data centers. However, this approach is not a universal fit. We identify five usage scenarios (including a real-world case study) where it is best suited.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Brite-Box Adoption
    • Vendor Business Models for Brite Box
    • Vendor Options
    • Brite Boxes Require a Simplified Software Installation Process


  • Network Decision Makers Should Include Brite-Box Switching on the Shortlist for Specific Scenarios
    • DevOps Culture and/or Linux-Oriented Personnel
    • High Network Capital Expenditures
    • Cost-Effective SDN Underlay
    • New Data Center ToR Deployments
    • Specific Data Center Workloads
    • Caveats
  • Networking and Procurement Personnel Should Use Brite-Box Switches to Improve Pricing Leverage With Mainstream Networking Vendors

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