Key Considerations for Smarter and Flexible Networks
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Key Considerations for Smarter and Flexible Networks

Enterprise Networking Mag | Friday, September 16, 2022

Network operators are seeking scalable solutions that will enable them to satisfy demand surges in the present and future.

FREMONT, CA: Optical equipment manufacturing is a broad industry, with more suppliers than ever before. Existing network infrastructures are being pushed to their limitations by the exponential demand for connectivity and bandwidth generated by cloud computing, video streaming, Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G, and other technologies. Network operators continue migrating legacy hybrid fiber coax (HFC) networks to new fiber-deep distributed access designs worldwide (DAAs). Others are deploying greenfield FTTH networks to fulfill end users' speed and capacity demands for the foreseeable future.

From data center interconnect (DCI) to radio access networks (RAN), Metro Ethernet, and Passive Optical Networks, among others, there is a great demand for faster speeds and larger bandwidths. In addition to creative developments, several technologies exist to aid network operators in constructing smarter, more agile networks. Listed below are some of the key tools help network operators build smarter, more agile networks.

SDN

SDN can enable flexible and scalable network architectures for telecommunications companies that must react to the shifting demands of digital transformation. They also facilitate the deployment of new applications and the necessary infrastructure to support them.

Machine learning /Artificial Intelligence

Machine learning and artificial intelligence are powered by SDN analytics solutions that optimize networks and monitor predictive maintenance, thereby reducing failures and improving uptime. Numerous analytics apps concentrate on the higher network layers and specific applications for their networks and hardware. To fill this void, they develop the industry's monitoring and analysis platform for optical SDN physical layers. It is compatible with white box networking hardware and commercially available SDN controllers. The predictive analysis tool offers network administrators real-time data about individual optical lines and transceivers.

White box technology

White box technology eliminates reliance on legacy networking equipment from conventional suppliers. They can deliver open-source data between multiple manufacturers of networking equipment and can give significant cost savings and flexibility.

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