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.
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.
We’re back from Ethernet Expo Americas (EENY), Light Reading’s popular event covering the hot topic of Carrier Ethernet networking technologies and services. Over the past couple of years, this event has also started to cover more and more optical-related topics, which is yet another sign of the growing convergence in the market between packet and optical. It was just announced that the event, now in its seventh year, set new records for registration and industry involvement. Over 130 service providers and cable operators from more than 25 different countries attended the event, which featured a record 35 speakers from service provider, cloud provider and enterprise organizations.
Topics: Multi-Layer Optimization
In my last post, we explored the concept of P-OTS and, more specifically, how the technology failed to live up to operators’ expectations for next-gen transport but laid the groundwork for a more viable replacement. Now, we’ll delve deeper into a lesson learned from P-OTS: the value of integrating network layers.
P-OTS, or packet-optical transport systems, were introduced to the market a few years ago. These products were created to meet the requirements of operators trying to cope with massive amounts of data traffic. The goal was to make transport networks more supportive of data services, more resilient, more manageable and more cost-effective. But have the systems lived up to expectations? Are they meeting operators’ goals for next-generation transport?