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 should grow organically from existing networks, while providing the flexibility to choose multiple paths—there’s no one size fits all.
At Ciena we know that an effective IP/Optical convergence strategy must start from a provider’s existing network reality. Guided by our Adaptive NetworkTM vision, and a commitment to openness, Ciena’s approach involves converging IP and optical layers while also enabling single pane of glass, multi-layer automation—all supported by our Ciena Services. This holistic strategy allows service providers choice in determining the evolutionary path that’s right for them, while cultivating a network that is simplified, fluid, and by nature ready to adapt to changing market conditions.
To validate the market’s readiness for IP/Optical convergence, Ciena partnered with Heavy Reading to conduct a global survey. In this blog, Ciena shares what service providers are saying about the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of this critical transformation, as well as the bigger end game for IP/Optical convergence.
Shifting market dynamics—including 5G, and the cloud—are driving new traffic patterns, the move to virtualized and distributed applications, and the need for higher bandwidth and lower latency at the network edge. IP/Optical convergence can play a key role in helping service providers address these challenges. But every journey is unique. This white paper outlines Ciena’s approach to IP/Optical convergence that starts—and builds—from an existing network.
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