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TECH BUYER Sep 2018 - IDC Perspective - Doc # US44284818

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

By: Ashish NadkarniGroup Vice President, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group, Kuba StolarskiResearch Director, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group

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Executive Snapshot

Figure: Executive Snapshot: White-Box Infrastructure

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)

Figure: Categorizing SBS Into White-Box, ODM+, and Branded Hardware

Figure: White-Box Servers Versus Server-Based Platforms

Table: Classification of Server Tiers and White-Box Qualifications

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

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