Open networking provides a wide range of disaggregated operating systems for use on bare metal hardware. Some are familiar from a conventional networking standpoint and some are very different. Familiarity with the basics is a valuable tool in terms of making informed choices on open/white technologies.
Open networking represents a facilitator for disruptive technologies to deliver value at scale. While it's easy to understand the value open networking can provide, implementing this technology remains a challenge for most organizations. That's why it's important for those considering an open networking strategy to be familiar with what they are getting into.