Today’s application-centric, cloud-driven world is changing user bandwidth consumption patterns. Network service users want to be connected to content and bandwidth whenever they desire, no matter where they are. Operators must leverage their optical network assets to quickly and efficiently transport larger-than-ever amounts of traffic from the edge to the core. At the same time, operators are looking for flexible networking solutions to effectively manage this unabated bandwidth growth, largely comprised of packet-based traffic, without additional operational complexity.