How A Multi-Layer Packet-Optical Approach Can Save Network Architectures
Has your network architecture overstayed its welcome? Sure, it’s served you well for the last decade but today’s optical transport equipment with packet-based switches won’t be able to effectively support the coming wave of bandwidth hungry cloud applications. It’s time for a more innovative approach: multi-layer packet-optical network architectures provide the flexibility and efficiency you need to support the applications of the future as well as the next-gen infrastructure technologies you need to maximize resource utilization.
You’ve likely been bombarded by promises of SDN and NFV bringing your communications services into the modern era. But few people are digging deeper and explaining how you can make those promises come to fruition. High-level explanations are great, but you need to know the gritty details before you can create a strong implementation plan. A recently published whitepaper on Multi-Layer Packet Optical provides the technical details you need to succeed.
Multi-Layer Packet-Optical Network Architecture—A Quick Refresher
Before diving into the technical details presented in the IHS Infonetics whitepaper, you need to know the basics of multi-layer packet-optical network architecture. To start, multi-layer packet-optical network architectures are supported by packet-optical transport systems (P-OTS)—a convergence technology that can flatten network hardware, services and management into a single domain.
Essentially, P-OTS machines combine the functionality of traditional optical transport systems with Layer 2 switching technology. This means service providers can stop operating multiple independent transport architectures for various internal customers and services.
All of that sounds great, right? But how can you realize the potential of P-OTS? The experts at IHS, ECI and Fujitsu are here to help.
Multi-Layer Packet-Optical: The Path to Efficient Networks—Your Guide to Network Architecture Innovation
IHS, ECI and Fujitsu have made the Multi-Layer Packet-Optical: The Path to Efficient Networks whitepaper available to download. In this whitepaper, network architecture experts provide a granular look at next-gen network architecture technology, explaining how you can create a flexible, efficient and modern network—and why you should do it.
In this whitepaper, you’ll discover the ins and outs of multi-layer packet-optical network architectures. Flattening Layer 0 optical, Layer 1 circuit and Layer 2 switching doesn’t have to be out of your reach. This whitepaper discusses the following topics:
- Challenges of network convergence
- How multi-layer optimization increases service provider revenues
- Supporting a new wave of cloud applications
- The technical steps to integrating network layers for a more valuable transport layer
- Aggregation of the network
- Where NFV and SDN fit into the multi-layer packet-optical journey
- And much more
If you want to gain insight into how you can implement a converged network architecture—not just the benefits of doing so—read this whitepaper, you don’t want to miss it. Download here and learn how to make progress on network architecture innovation to keep up with evolving demands.
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