Posts about Openness

Posted by Arthur Cole on September 12, 2019
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Networking has long relied on proprietary architecture, particularly on the transport layer. The thinking behind this is that while single-vendor solutions tend to be more expensive, they are also more reliable and easier to manage than a collection of interoperable boxes.

But this attitude is quickly coming to an end as new technologies and new data networking requirements fuel demand for open and disaggregated solutions ...
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Vodafone has successfully completed a live network trial in Spain with the Facebook-designed Voyager optical “whitebox” as part of its work with the Telecom Infra Project (TIP). An increased demand for data is driving the need for more scalable and cost-effective infrastructure. To solve that challenge, telecoms operators need a combination of connectivity and scalable and cost-effective fiber-based infrastructure ...

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While optical DCI applications for disaster recovery and business continuity have been a well-established part of the DCI market for over 20 years, the past five years have seen a sharp rise in demand for optical connectivity to interconnect hyperscale data centers. In fact, a new market for high-capacity DWDM solutions has been created, primarily driven by the so-called FAMGAs - Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Apple - and requiring different functionalities and characteristics compared to the traditional WDM markets ...

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The internet of things (IoT) is pushing the enterprise network edge to new boundaries. With data soon to be streaming back and forth between legions of user devices across the globe, the edge will blow right past the cloud and even the micro data centers that will foster this widespread connectivity and extend all the way into our homes, businesses and even our bodies ...
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Disaggregation, open networking and SDN control have become key themes when discussing the future of optical networks at industry events. All of these interrelated topics were certainly popular at this year’s Big Communications Event in Austin, Texas, where I joined Axel Clauberg of Deutsche Telekom and Huawei’s Sean Long for a panel debate titled Optical Networks in the New Age of “Open” ...
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