Physical integration of DWDM optics on IP routers has existed for many years in niche applications but has never taken off into mainstream adoption. While there is currently some resurgence in physical integration for shorter-reach metro data center interconnect (DCI) applications, many of the historical drawbacks remain. Heavy Reading research shows that the greater application, by far, is in keeping IP and optical layers physically separate but tightly coupling management and control. This new approach (network disaggregation) provides a host of benefits to operators while side-stepping the biggest challenges posed by physical integration.
This webinar provides a deeper look at multi-layer and multi-vendor IP and optical layer integration including both the technology enablers and the key applications and use cases driving operator demand. Topics will include: