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Forrester: Myth of White Box Switches WP

White Paper Published By: Cisco
Published:  Sep 15, 2015
Type:  White Paper
Length:  11 pages

Vendors Have White-Box Switch Hardware As Part Of Their Portfolio

White boxes are another name for switches built from off-the-shelf components. All the traditional vendors have been offering white-box switches for a long time, and customers can reduce their raw costs by incorporating those switches.

Software, Research, Development, And Support Is Where The Costs Exist

Organizations that focus on standardizing and eliminating superfluous software features will lower costs faster than those that focus on reducing hardware, which accounts for less than 15% of network switch costs.

More Options And Flexibility Means More Responsibility

Vendor networking products offer customers tightly integrated networking solutions. Separating software and hardware provides more flexibility, but those organizations take on more of the effort that is usually the vendorís added value.

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datacenter, aci, enterprise, networking