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Sterling Perrin
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Sterling Perrin,
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10/25/2017 | 9:12:06 AM
Re: Agree to Disagree?
Ethertype,

I wouldn't want to limit the definition to terminals only, so, yes, the line should be included. Actually, recent HR survey data shows that the line system is of highest interest - among optical systems/segments -- for disaggregation. Interesting comment about the low share of white box in data center switching market. I think, due to greater complexity, optics would track even lower adoption then the data center market. 

 

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ethertype,
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10/24/2017 | 6:03:35 PM
Re: Agree to Disagree?
You seem to be implicitly limiting the definition of an optical whitebox to something that includes transponders. The other, arguably more practical, category of optical whitebox is line system components. For example, Lumentum sells a line of what they call "SDN Whitebox" products including ROADMs, muxes, and amps.

Whitebox is not a technology, it's a business model / commercial proposition. Even if the technology trends enable greater degrees of disaggregation that doesn't mean customers will actually choose to buy the technology in the form of a whitebox. After years of whitebox data center switching products being available on the market, they have still captured only low single-digit % market share.
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Sterling Perrin,
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10/24/2017 | 5:00:18 PM
Agree to Disagree?
I am really hoping to get some feedback on the definitions and expectations for optical white box here. There is a lot of confusion. I'm open to all views - including differences of opinion -- as I don't think this concept has been settled yet.

Sterling


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