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White-Box Servers: The Next Phase of Software-Defined Compute, Storage, and Networking Infrastructure

White-Box Servers: The Next Phase of Software-Defined Compute, Storage, and Networking Infrastructure
This IDC Perspective assesses trends in the white-box server landscape. The growing appetite for enterprise firms, large and small, to shift to a modular, do-it-yourself, software-defined infrastructure is creating opportunities for a well-defined class of "white box" infrastructure solutions: general-purpose compute, storage, and networking hardware platforms that are built with industry-standard off-the-shelf components (COTS) and delivered as unbranded equipment."White-box infrastructure represents an interesting space in between branded and custom hardware procurements, one that provides an opportunity for both traditional OEM suppliers and newer ODM suppliers to expand," said Ashish Nadkarni, group VP, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms, and Technologies at IDC.

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Situation Overview
Overview
Classification of White-Box Servers and Server-Based Platforms
White-Box Servers for Compute, Storage, and Networking Functions (General Purpose)
Server-Based Platforms (Purpose Built)
White-Box Server Infrastructure Usage
Software-Defined Compute and Storage
White-Box Networking and Software-Defined/Virtualized Network Functions
Server-Based Networking Hardware Platforms
White-Box Servers for SD/VNF and NFVi
Advice for the Technology Buyer
IDC's Point of View
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