"Brilliant Box" Strives to Overcome Obstacles to Network Disaggregation
This IDC Insight examines the evolution of network disaggregation in the enterprise datacenter, with particular emphasis on the emerging concept of the "brilliant box" Ethernet switch, which is being encouraged and supported by the Open Network User Group (ONUG) and a growing vendor ecosystem. This document defines network disaggregation and its latest manifestation in the evolution of white-box switching, and it considers the current technical and nontechnical challenges to the technology's enterprise adoption. Finally, this document assesses the near-term outlook for network disaggregation and brilliant-box switching in the enterprise datacenter as well as across a broader cross section of service providers.
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