Nick Russo and I talk about the OSPF routing protocol, covering some of those things you’ve probably never thought about, and giving away one of my favorite interview questions in the process. You can see the original episode at the Network Collective here.
In this video I work through some thoughts around grey failures—a big thanks to Ivan for discussing this with me, which was very helpful. The paper mentioned in the video can be found here.
First there is white box; the networking world is already moving in this direction. While network devices, such as firewalls, routers, and switches were once purchased in an “appliance” model, many parts of the networking world are quickly moving towards a disaggregated model, where the hardware and software are purchased as separate “things.” This enables the concept of white box—although the box might not actually be white. The terms “bright box” and “grey box” attempt to capture the reality that you might still buy boxes from brand named vendors, but rather than buying them for their software capabilities, you can now buy them for their hardware capabilities.
Cross posted to Network Career