Review: Is white-box switching the future of networking?

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What if you could manage your data center switches and routers the same way you manage your servers, and cut capital expense costs in the bargain?

That’s the pitch for white-box networking, the move toward open-source network operating systems running on commodity hardware.

To find out what it’s like to live in a white-box world, we tested Cumulus Linux, from Cumulus Networks, running on the AS5712-54X data center switch from Edge-Core Networks, a spinoff from Accton Technology.

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