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The term is usually applied to systems assembled by small system integrators and to homebuilt computer systems assembled by end users from parts purchased separately at retail. In this sense, building a white box system is part of the DIY movement.[2][3]

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While PCs built by system manufacturers generally come with a pre-installed operating system, white boxes from both large and small system vendors and other VAR channels can be ordered with or without a pre-installed OS. Usually when ordered with an operating system, the system builder uses an OEM copy of the OS.

Some common objections to abandoning the beloved Dells and HPE servers are a perceived lack of warranty, and a perceived lack of viability for companies aside from hyperscalers. While it is certainly more natural for the super cloud companies to deploy open source hardware, there are still compelling arguments for everyone from a homelab practitioner to a smaller enterprise to consider a whitebox server or Open Compute Project design.

Some smaller companies who previously relied on traditional OEMs for their supply chain and ongoing support may not be well equipped to coordinate a white box server environment deployment from start to finish.

Before committing to a white box server upgrade, evaluate which facets of the data center management that you relied on your OEM for. Determine how feasible it is to replace those functions in house, and weigh against the benefits of using an ODM server vendor.

As Cloud technology evolves (to implement most functions in software), what we need from the networking equipment is simplicity, reliability and high-performance. That is the reason the largest data centers in the world have embraced the whitebox model, based on merchant silicon.

Either way, Panini gathers up cards that will work as nice redemptions and has the athlete sign the cards and hand-number the cards (usually 1/1s). They then put them in a mag with a Panini White Box seal. Those cards are dropped off in a white box and shipped out to collectors.

Again, this is an internal rule at Panini that is not collector-facing, but the consensus is that to qualify for a white box, the redemption needs to be worth $100 or more in addition to being outstanding for six months.

SuperMicro is one of the most frequently purchased white box platforms and represents the standard for this class of servers. In fact, many other white box server vendors out there package a SuperMicro solution into their own chassis and essentially create a re-packaged SuperMicro system.

Unlike SuperMicro, Intel guarantees availability of replacement parts for 5 years after the end-of-life date. As a result, companies can safely continue to use white box systems well past the typical cost amortization period without fear that spare part unavailability could render their investments worthless.

NPI continues to see improvements in the white box server space. Procurement teams now have a compelling argument to consider the technical and financial benefits their organization may reap by considering non-traditional compute systems.

Also, when you consider a white-boxed property, any potential issues with the house may be more apparent. There will be fewer mysteries, fewer places for problems to hide, and the home inspector will have an easier time evaluating the place with its inner workings laid bare.

Further, a white boxed home, as a blank slate, is not move-in ready. These homes will require at least a little bit of elbow grease (and probably more than a little) before you can move in, especially if they are truly white boxed.

This cake was the sweetest of the ones I tried, but was perfectly moist and fluffy. There wasn't a ton of flavor in the sponge apart from sweetness, for example, no noticeable vanilla, but white cakes can tend to be a blank canvas as far as cake flavors go.

This cake mix called for three large whole eggs or three egg whites, 1/2 cup of oil, and a cup of water. I went with whole eggs as I like how moist yolks make the cake and didn't mind if the sponge came out less white.

A few years ago, mega-scale data centers like Google, Facebook and Amazon wanted to replicate the white box server paradigm with network switches, so they defined standard Ethernet switch architectures that allowed them to buy switch hardware from the best source and put their own switch software on it. Because these companies made very large investments in switching software development teams, they could make this work.

Today enterprises of all sizes are buying white box servers and running Linux or other operating systems, and this trend has now migrated down to networking switches. A number of open networking software companies like Pica8 have emerged, offering enterprises a standards-based, full-featured network operating system (NOS) for use with white box switches.

By using white box switches, enterprises can separate hardware-purchase decisions from software decisions, just as is done with application software and servers. This freedom of choice drives costs down.

By using open switching software on white box switches, enterprises can unwind the vendor bundle, thereby introducing significant value via the introduction of hardware price competition, use of the best-designed platform, a full suite of hardware features, and elimination of first-line support costs for tech-savvy enterprises.

Where there are large numbers of similar branch office installations, the economics of platform-independent switching software executed on white box hardware are compelling, and companies have begun to achieve savings and operational advantages by deploying this approach. Total-cost-of-ownership comparisons of remote office architecture based on Cisco equipment versus the same architecture deployed with a white box switch and open switching software show capital expenditure savings exceeding 50 percent.

White box switches include models made by ALPHA, Delta, EdgecorE, Quanta Cloud Technology, and others. These companies also make switching hardware for most major OEM switch vendors. In addition, brite-box (branded white box) switches are available from HPE and Dell. These white box and brite box switches give customers a broad range of choices, are mature and have very low failure rates.

Networking to the enterprise remote or branch office is complex and expensive, and enterprises want alternatives to proprietary hardware/software platforms. White box switching software addresses the expense by running on multiple white box switching platforms from several manufacturers.

White box networking solves the expense of automation and maintenance as well; by automating branch office networking and providing centralized policy control, white box solutions enable fast, comprehensive, and cost-effective networking, eliminating the use of on-site personnel for the bulk of IT management and raising IT staff productivity with built-in automation and remote management.

But the growing popularity of notebook PCs spells big trouble for the future of white-box manufacturing. The "white-book" market has dwindled from an already-small 8.5 percent share to a 5.6 percent share between 2003 and 2006. That comes while notebooks have, over the same period of time, become the dominant PC form factor for top vendors Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Lenovo, and Acer, accounting for two-thirds of consumer PC sales.

That fact is antithetical to what it means to do business as a white-box manufacturer. The key to the white-box market is opportunity. These smaller manufacturers make their money by taking advantage when major manufacturers make mistakes on orders, or by scooping up soon-to-be outdated parts when newer versions are about to become available.

"The thing about white-box vendors is they're opportunistic," observed analyst Roger Kay, president of Endpoint Technologies Associates. "They change their market model depending on market conditions."

That list of white-box manufacturers mostly reads like a who's-that list, rather than a who's-who. Companies like Systemax, ProStar, MicroPro, and CLT Computers put together custom PCs and offer them under a no-name brand or no brand at all. Sales are typically done on a direct basis, avoiding retail outlets, and often are bundled with services, software installation packages, printers, network cables, and warranties. Typical customers of white-box manufacturers are government agencies, educational institutes, small and medium businesses, and even individual consumers.

White-box makers thrive when the bigger guys mess up. Say HP over-orders hard drives: When HP tries to resell those hard drives to smaller players at a discount, white-box manufacturers will snap them up, throw them into some desktop boxes, and wait for sales. In that case, the assembler is making money on the PC with the name-brand hard drive that it got at a discount and put in a no-name box.

"There's a great deal of integration and complexity, (which is why) there are hardly any white-box notebook vendors," he said. "The requirement (to be a white-box manufacturer) is a great degree of flexibility in the assembly process." That doesn't work when the parts for notebooks are specially made, and are designed to fit specific spaces inside a specific notebook, he added.

"You can't sell computers for less than Dell," Klammer said. "Customers that need really specialized computers will (order white-box PCs), but otherwise, no one can build a computer cheaper by building with parts off the shelf."

The discount that top PC vendors like Dell get on Windows from Microsoft was the biggest factor in his decision to stop selling white-box PCs, he said. The direct-sales models of big companies like Gateway and Dell forced him to shutter both of his brick-and-mortar stores two years ago and take his business to the Web to compete. Now, he only sells Dell computers.

There is something working in white-box desktop manufacturers' favor: the consolidation taking place in the worldwide PC market. In recent years, Lenovo took over IBM's notebook business, Acer swallowed up Gateway and soon , and even Dell and HP brought boutique custom gaming outfits Alienware and Voodoo, respectively, into their folds. 041b061a72


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