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.
Service creation is a long and evolved process – it requires marketing to identify a significant opportunity, R&D to develop and test the application, and operations to piece together the resources needed to ensure the required Quality of Service (QoS).
Today people talk about making networks more agile, flexible and scalable as if that kind of transformation were trivial and companies just don't feel like making the necessary adjustments to keep pace. What those people seem to be overlooking themselves is just how complex these networks really are. With so much traditional technology embedded throughout a service provider environment, it would be extremely expensive to try to replace everything overnight.
Our industry is in the midst of an evolutionary revolution. Change normally comes slowly in our market, but this year has seen the rapid advance of Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) as market drivers in the world of network solutions. ECI, as an industry leading, global supplier of network solutions finds itself, once again, at the forefront of change.
I understand that in the Blogosphere 8 weeks is a long time between blogs, especially in the corporate world. But five months??? That's a lifetime – for some startups anyway. But let's face it, the blame for this lack of communication usually falls on the new guy and, well, yes… that's me. I have replaced Sandra Welfeld here at ECI as Head of Marketing Communications and Sandra, the former mistress of this blog, has decided to move on.
That isn’t really a question, is it? We can argue about the technology, the protocol, the topology, the software, but at the end of the day, we are all looking at our transport networks and making sure it’s working the way it’s supposed to, serving our needs and our customers’ demands.
Exploding energy costs, globalization, increased number of cars and growing traffic, need for working process efficiencies, empty public purses, security issues and the drive for a greener society are some of the factors leading to major structural investments in cities and communities around the globe. When these investments are not planned and carried out as part of an overarching framework, success and ROI are limited. However, there is one common denominator to all the necessary investments. Addressing this common denominator can have significant impact on these modern urban challenges. This common denominator is a superfast broadband network infrastructure.
Last time, we explored the advantages of deploying end-to-end MPLS and why it is better to push MPLS TP and not IP/MPLS into the metro.