Boston, MASSACHUSETTS, October 21, 2014—A new white paper and webinar presented by market research firm Infonetics Research examine how newly-architected packet-optical transport systems (P-OTS) increase the value of the transport layer by offloading many of the aggregation functions of carrier Ethernet and routing systems.
The white paper, The Coming Packet-Optical Migration, is written by Infonetics optical analyst Andrew Schmitt, and outlines how metro-edge and metro-regional P-OTS help service providers that have a wide variety of services and networks to manage.
The webinar, Building More Efficient Networks with Multi-Layer Packet-Optical, also led by Andrew Schmitt, will be presented live Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 11:00 A.M. EDT and available to watch on-demand immediately afterward. Registrants for the webinar receive a free copy of Infonetics’ Packet-Optical white paper. To learn more and register, visit:
OPTICAL ANALYST NOTE
“P-OTS used to be called ‘god boxes’ because they were over-engineered to address many applications. A decade ago this flexibility came at much higher cost, but recent advances let service providers pay for only what they need today, knowing additional functions can be introduced at a future date,” says Andrew Schmitt, principal analyst for carrier transport networking at Infonetics Research and author of the white paper. “The eventual arrival of transport SDN (software-defined networking) will be yet another positive catalyst for P-OTS.”
PACKET-OPTICAL WHITE PAPER HIGHLIGHTS
- Infonetics defines packet-optical transport system (P-OTS) as a convergence technology that can perform layer 0 optical (ROADM), layer 1 circuit (OTN/SONET/SDH), and layer 2 (Ethernet) switching functions, a definition that 86% of service providers participating in a recent Infonetics packet-optical survey agree is accurate
- The driving force behind P-OTS is service providers’ need for a toolset of hardware and software that flattens network hardware, services, and management into a single domain
- Combining optical, circuit switching, and layer 2 intelligence into one system allows service providers to build newer, flatter networks that can handle a wide variety of functions today while having the flexibility to deal with unexpected future requirements
- Software-defined networking (SDN), with its centralized approach, makes P-OTS easier to deploy by lowering the level of software complexity and allowing its multilayer capabilities to be better utilized
- Adoption of P-OTS is accelerating: Infonetics projects that P-OTS will account for 15% of optical equipment capex in 2014, and forecasts the market to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16% from 2013–2018
Additional topics in Infonetics’ 15-page packet-optical white paper include: The Packet-Optical Vision; P-OTS Flattens the Network; Market Drivers; Not the God Box of the Past; and IP Over DWDM Not the Best Solution.
TO ACCESS THE WHITEPAPER AND WEBINAR
Everyone who registers for analyst Andrew Schmitt’s Building More Efficient Networks with Multi-Layer Packet-Optical webinar will receive The Coming Packet-Optical Migration white paper. Join the event live Oct. 28 at 11:00 A.M. EDT or watch the replay. The webinar examines how network operators are building more capable and efficient networks:
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