What happens when Birkenstocks and Pocket Protectors Get Together?
Sep 28, 2016
Product evolution in networking technology is a fascinating place. Years ago it would be hard to imagine the convergence of packet and optical technologies. Those that wear Birkenstocks and start companies in their garages vs, those in white collared shirts with pocket protectors developing products in research & development laboratories of large national telecommunication companies. They evolved from such different starting places. The DWDM products of today evolved out of the need to expand and improve the telecommunications infrastructure. It took 140 years for the telecommunications network to evolve to its current form. Laser power and efficiency, Digital Signal Processors (DSP), improvements in optical fiber technology to name a few all contributed to the advancement in optical networking. Today we’re pushing the limits of physics asking what’s beyond terabit optics. The combined entities of Juniper Networks and BTI Systems, as discussed here, are starting to deliver on the shared vision of further integrating packet and optical systems. proNX Services Manager can now control optical interfaces on Juniper routers.
Packet technology was developed as a way of linking research institutions for the Defense Agency Research Project (DARPA). Along with advancements in electronic computing, the Internet began its foundation somewhere in the 1960’s. It took off in the 90’s with the transition from a research network to a commercial entity. Both packet and optical certainly benefitted from the evolution of microprocessor technology. Today the convergence of those two technologies provide an efficient way of reducing space and power in the crowded back offices of service provider networks. The programmable nature of today’s solution means faster service turn up, comprehensive reports on Service Level Agreements, the ability to expand and contract resources as needed. What once took months can now take seconds. As described here, we detail options for access network configurations.
So that brings us around to the evolution of access networks and how did we get here. With today’s exploding traffic volume, ongoing pricing pressure, an evolving competitive landscape, and changing traffic patterns, service providers are forced to rethink the ways they build out infrastructure and market services. Legacy networking solutions designed to support conventional data transport services are too costly and inflexible for contemporary applications and services.
Juniper packet optical solutions for access and aggregation help carriers improve profitability by accelerating new service offerings and reducing Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). We do this by consolidating packet and optical infrastructure and implementing simpler, more intelligent and dynamic networks. These solutions eliminate inefficiencies by converging the historically distinct packet and optical layers, and the converged solution improves automation, enabling better monetization of network infrastructure. They provide a seamless upgrade path from 10 Gbps to 100 Gbps and beyond. Juniper’s packet optical access solutions are ideal for a variety of applications including Carrier Ethernet, mobile backhaul, smart utility and transportation networks, and well as residential and business broadband service delivery. Find out more in the Access and Aggregation Solution brief here.