Gartner Research

Technology Insight for Brite-Box Switching

Published: 14 September 2017

ID: G00340318

Analyst(s): Danilo Ciscato, Joe Skorupa , Andrew Lerner


I&O leaders can reduce vendor lock-in and cut costs by using branded white-box (brite-box) switches in their data center networks. However, there is limited enterprise adoption because most mainstream network vendors lead with traditional offerings for higher profits and to maintain account control.

Table Of Contents


  • Definition
    • Brite-Box and Disaggregated Switches
  • Description
  • Benefits and Uses
    • Adoption Rate
    • Why Don't Vendors Lead With It?
  • Risks
  • Evaluation Factors
  • Technology Alternatives
  • Recommendations
  • Representative Providers
    • Full Brite-Box Solutions
    • Software/NOS Vendors
    • Disaggregated Switching

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