Posts about WDM

Late June every summer, the optical networking community convenes on the French Riviera to ruminate about hot topics in the field of optical networking at the “WDM and Next-Generation Optical Networking” conference. This year was no different, with Andrew Schmitt, Directing Analyst with Infonetics Research opening and chairing the sessions of the first day. In his introductory talk Andrew showed a slide summarizing the state of 100G solutions as follows: In 2011 network operators had the choice between two vendors for commercial deployment of 100G systems. In 2012 the list has grown substantially by a factor of five – a point rendered un-debatable by the long list of sponsoring vendors showcasing their 100G solutions(s) in the adjacent exhibition area.
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Today’s data centers are state-of-the-art, heavily secured facilities in which extraordinary efforts are undertaken—at sometimes extraordinary expense—to protect a company’s most highly sensitive information assets.
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I believe that IP/Optical integrated network solutions are working and available from a technical perspective these days. Indeed, companies have shown and tested colored optical router interface interworking with DWDM transport systems, control plane interworking for automated service set-up and network restoration, and integration of router and optical transport domains into a common network management platform. However, I think that there are other non-technical challenges that are blocking the introduction of integrated solutions.
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