The buzz around SDN drew attention to white-box switches, with several SDN startups such as Pica8 including generic hardware switches in their architectures. BigSwitch, one of the first SDN startups, even shifted its strategy mid-year, stepping down from the OpenDaylight Project and placing its bets on white-box switches. Meanwhile, the Open Compute Project pushed ahead with its effort to develop an open, OS-agnostic switch. Whether these new switches really pose a threat to Cisco's dominance with its switches built on custom ASICs remains to be seen.
Marcia Savage is the managing editor for Network Computing, and has been covering technology for 15 years. She has written and edited for CRN and spent several years covering information security for SC Magazine and TechTarget. Marcia began her journalism career in daily ... View Full Bio