Convergence of the optical & packet networks promises a future of simplified operations, powerful capabilities, and reduced costs.
Here's how WWT can help.
Start with a Briefing
Not sure where to start? Our experts can provide you with a briefing overview that touches on everything you need to know about Converged Optical & Packet Networking. We’ll provide an overview of the major components, an assessment of available solutions, and example use-cases.
Request a Workshop
When you’re ready to take the next step towards a Converged Optical & Packet architecture, our experts can facilitate a workshop that will assess your current network & investments, collaboratively determine your best path forward, and develop action items that will get you on your way.
New to IP routing or want to explore how Segment Routing works? Get hands-on experience with our routed transport network lab. From the ground up, this lab walks you through the steps to build a Segment Routing based transport network. Already know the basics? Check out our advanced Segment Routing labs found here.
Make it Happen
Implementing a converged optical & packet architecture can be a difficult task. Let WWT help accelerate the time to validate, deploy and migrate your services. WWT has the expertise and capabilities to deliver a complete end to end optical & packet architecture and can ease the path towards migration.
What is it? Why use it? How does it work?
Multiple factors, including distance between sites, capacity requirements, and traffic patterns influence the hardware strategy for a converged optical & packet architecture. The examples below illustrate common hardware architectures used to address various network conditions and requirements.
Q: Do I need to have an existing optical network or packet network to take advantage of a converged architecture?
A: No, the benefits of converged architectures exist for both greenfield as well as brownfield implementations. In fact, legacy architectures that do not rely on DWDM or packet technologies, such as SONET, are great candidates for migration. A converged architecture is a good fit anywhere that you require high & scalable bandwidth with rich packet services.
Q: Will I need to buy all new hardware and software to take advantage of a converged architecture?
A: Not necessarily. If you already have a DWDM optical network today, then a good amount of that investment can likely be reused within a new converged architecture, leaving you with optimal Layer 1 capabilities—the best of both worlds. If you already have a packet network, then WWT experts can work with you to determine which investments are beneficial to a converged architecture. Reach out to us for more information, or schedule a briefing or workshop to explore this further.
Q: Does this mean ROADM architectures are obsolete?
A: No, a converged architecture can utilize an existing ROADM system allowing the operator to leverage the same reconfigurable wavelengths as before.
Q: Are there any distance limitations with a converged architecture?
A: A converged architecture can leverage amplifiers and ROADM technologies to achieve greater distances.
Q: We have always managed and provisioned transport services through a simple layer 1 GUI. Converged sounds great, but I am worried about making the transition due to current skillsets.
A: We understand that the journey to a converged solution can sound daunting, however WWT is here to help. We have labs specifically created to take the complication out of layer 3 transport and are geared towards optical engineers. Additionally, there are management software solutions to provide the user the same look and feel of a traditional graphical user interface (GUI). Finally, WWT offers installation, lifecycle support, and custom training classes which are intended to get our customers “over the hump” in regards to understanding this type of solution.
Q: How difficult is it to implement a Converged Optical & Packet architecture?
A: Depending on the size of your network and the configuration, implementing a converged optical and packet solution can vary in complexity. WWT can help accelerate the time to validate, deploy and migrate your services to a new converged architecture.
Q: If I implement a converged architecture based upon my current needs, what capability (or limitations) will I have to add additional services in the future?
A: A converged architecture is inherently scalable. Ideally, day one, an operator would implement a WDM multiplexer in which multiple wavelengths can be utilized. Moreover, routers can be added via router to router uplinks or new routers can be added in conjunction with an additional DWDM wavelength. DWDM capacity is allocated on a site to site basis, providing for a flexible and scalable growth model.