Today’s service provider business is being squeezed from all sides. While providers are seeing growing demand for bandwidth-hungry services and new growth opportunities in cloud connectivity services, their profitability is being impacted by rising costs in the maintenance and management of their legacy networks. Service providers can address both the cost and revenue sides of the equation by modernizing their aging legacy cross-connects with next-generation packet-optical platforms. In this way, they can secure legacy cross-connect circuit packs for spares pools, lower their power and real estate costs by a factor of ten, and create a foundation for driving new revenue sources.