Most agree that service providers and network operators around the world need to transform their operational models to drive faster growth, lower costs, and to offer services that meet end-customer requirements for dynamic network control.
But what are the cornerstones of this network transformation? Are they hardware-based or software-based? The answer, obviously, is both.
For example, packet-optical technology plays a critical role in simplifying and scaling network infrastructures by collapsing the layers of the network and delivering a clear alternative to expensive and complex router-based architectures. This simplification leads to an easier path for software-driven automation and control. SDN and NFV promise to deliver that automation and control, allowing network operators to transform their business models by providing a virtualized, programmable, and elastic network that adapts to the demands of business and applications. And the combination of these two technologies creates incredible leverage to modernize and transform legacy network infrastructures for the foreseeable future.