White box maker Lanner joins Telecom Council of Silicon Valley

Lanner Electronics has joined the Telecom Council of Silicon Valley. The company will participate in the council's ComTech Forum, a group aimed at facilitating interaction and innovation among its members.

White box vendors such as Lanner are increasingly important as network operators move from proprietary hardware to more generic hardware that can run a variety of open software. In its report this week on the server market, IHS Markit said that white box vendors, which already led in unit sales, had jumped ahead of individual vendors with an aggregate 20.2% revenue share during the fourth quarter of 2018.

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Dell EMC was the top single vendor in IHS Markit’s ranking with 19.5%. The entire category is hot. Revenue for the year reached $81 billion, which was a 27% increase over 2017.

Lanner provides services for the design, engineering and manufacture of advanced and customizable software-defined networking appliances. Its offerings include virtual customer premises equipment gateways for SD-WAN and SD-Security.

Recently, Aricent said it had teamed up with Lanner to enable SD-WAN functionality on uCPE devices for businesses. Aricent’s SD-WAN uCPE operating system, which includes an orchestrator, will run on Lanner's Universal Network Appliance series of Intel x86 Network Appliance platforms.

The Telecom Council's membership includes more than 100 companies, including AT&T, BT, Cisco, Deutsche Telecom, HP, Huawei, Orange and Verizon. It holds meetings and annual events, aiming to facilitate communications between worldwide telcos, vendors, investors and startups.