Facing intense competition and rising customer expectations, service providers are looking to converge their IP and optical layers to lower cost, achieve scale, and improve network sustainability. But evolving networks in today’s environment requires a holistic approach—one that grows organically from existing networks, but goes beyond just collapsing IP and optical layers. It’s critical to consider coordinated multi-layer operations, which is the key to unlocking IP/optical convergence success. Without it, providers are limited in their ability to plan, manage, and automate their converged networks.
An effective IP/Optical convergence strategy is more than just a plug in a router—Ciena’s Coherent Routing is designed with that in mind. Bringing together the latest in IP and optical technology innovation, including Ciena’s new WaveRouterTM coherent metro router, our solution is driven by cutting-edge multi-layer operations and automation and supported by Ciena Services. This holistic approach is critical to cultivating a network that is simplified, fluid, and ready to adapt to changing market conditions.”