Network requirements across the distributed enterprise are becoming more complex. From server-to-server mesh fabrics to long-haul virtual networks, applications are demanding more speed, more flexibility and more reliability. At the same time, enterprises, cloud providers and even metro carriers are tasked with driving down the cost of network expansion and operations, which is accomplished largely by streamlining infrastructure and making more use of available bandwidth ...
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Network functions virtualization (NFV) has moved from being merely a hot topic to an area of intense focus for service providers. How can they take virtualization from the lab and use it to build new revenue-producing services? An important part of that answer is NFV orchestration ...

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As mentioned in my last post, data center interconnect (DCI) is a growing market for the entire optical value chain – from carriers to optical component suppliers. Standard OTN, DWDM, Carrier Ethernet or legacy SONET/SDH platforms alone cannot address the high-bandwidth, low-power, low-cost and high-density demands of DCI. As a result, many network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) have developed specific solutions to address it. Some of the most common solutions are described below ...
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Our lives need to be synchronized. We text, tweet, talk, watch and listen around the clock. And, it’s all because we want to be in sync. We like to think we’re sharing data, but consider for a moment the content of our messages. “Having coffee in Starbucks.” “Eating ice cream.” Or, we send a selfie and no text is necessary. I believe these messages are sent not for their data content but because of our need for synchronization ...

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Open Networking Summit 2016 in Santa Clara, California, was a great show with interesting people and eye-opening talks on the relevance of open source software, open hardware and disaggregation. In short, we’re facing a fundamental shift in how we integrate and operate networks ...

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