On the ‘web: Hyperconvergence in the Network

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.