Whitebox or Whitebrand network devices change ownership of network hardware. Many people are frightened of taking responsibility for building networks in a new way.
Does embracing whitebox mean you cut or increase headcount? I think you increase because you’ll get a better network. You can change, customize and modify the system more than ever before. The mainframe model of device ownership restricts and limits what can be done.
Importanty, networking vendors rely heavily on customers to locate, troubleshoot, and report bugs. That means some engineers spend all their work hours getting products up to operational standards through diagnostics, support calls, upgrades, and updates.
Customers who spend all their time on maintenance and troubleshooting do not get value from their networks, so they spend less because the network isn’t improving business. It’s a pain, and it’s holding us back.
Networking needs to change. Whitebox gives you new choices to do things you couldn’t do before, thus adding value to the business and promoting more spending on staff and engineers.
Link: Network Dictionary – Whitebrand Ethernet — EtherealMind – http://etherealmind.com/network-dictionary-whitebrand-ethernet/