Light Reading's White Box Strategies for CSPs event in Santa Clara, Calif., this week brought to light some interesting observations about how service providers and cloud providers are using white box switches and servers to build out their New IP networks today and what they are planning for in the future.
Most surprisingly, it turns out that many of our communications service provider panelists are so far doing the majority of white box network building themselves, rather than relying on systems integrators, which was contrary to what many analysts were telling me.
In fact, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s Ken Duell, assistant vice president of New Technology Product Development and Engineering, told attendees that the CSP is retraining its employees to handle the shift themselves, and LinkedIn Corp. is doing all the heavy lifting themselves, according to Saikrishna Kotha, global network architect.
Another eye-opener was that white boxes aren't necessarily about the money -- they are really about the services, according to Christos Kolias, senior research scientist at Orange (NYSE: FTE) Silicon Valley. "At the end of the day it's all going to be about the applications and services."
Click on the image below to launch our slideshow from the event.
Standing Room Only
It was standing room only for the opening introduction by Light Reading's founder and CEO, Steve Saunders, so after Saunders finished speaking, the hotel staff made the room bigger to accommodate everyone!
— Elizabeth Miller Coyne, Editor, The New IP