top button
Flag Notify
    Connect to us
      Facebook Login
      Site Registration Why to Join

Facebook Login
Site Registration

What is the difference between white box switches and normal switches ?

0 votes
65 views

Well, now and days when we talk about SDN, it mean we are going to use white box switches. AFAIK switches works at the L2 level and routers work at the L3 level. Is the same concept applicable for white box switches or they can have support for routing also ?

posted Feb 8, 2017 by Vikram Singh

Share this question
Facebook Share Button Twitter Share Button LinkedIn Share Button

1 Answer

+1 vote

The major difference between "black box switch" and "white box switch" is first one can't be programmed but the later one can be programmed. With white box switches a service can be programmed using switch controller like ONOS while black box switch provides very limited features as well as every time when you need to update anything you have to login to switches and then change the rules.

There are so many vendors in this domain who provides both black box and white box switches. Now users/operators want very dynamic kind of environment where they can introduce or modify the service quickly along with keeping lower CAPEX/OPEX.
So many operators have already started migration from old to new technology.

Having white box switches do not bound so have products from same vendor. This reduces vendor dependencies also.

answer Feb 9, 2017 by Ganesh
Similar Questions
+1 vote

I saw these two terms while reading 5G core network related material. Can someone please explain the difference between these two terms ? I also want to know due to position of these switches in data center there names are different or actually they are different kinds of hardware switches and different type of functions are performed by these two ?

+3 votes

Why Leaf Spine design architecture chosen for next generation data centers ? Why three tier design architecture is not being used for data centers ? What was the limitation of old design which restricts it to be used for data centers ?

0 votes

If my thought is correct then how these big companies are going to handle these cases ?
How much an operator/user can trust on these open source software solution ?

Contact Us
+91 9880187415
sales@queryhome.net
support@queryhome.net
#280, 3rd floor, 5th Main
6th Sector, HSR Layout
Bangalore-560102
Karnataka INDIA.
QUERY HOME
...