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IP Over Optical: Alternative Approaches and Deployment Costs: Implications for Service Providers and Equipment Manufacturers

  • ID: 6736
  • January 2003
  • Pioneer Consulting
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The network of the future will be based on an integration of optical networking and IP-centric technologies. How this will come to pass, however, will not be as simple or obvious as it might sound. Currently, IP-centric and optical networking technologies do not dovetail. This largely reflects the dissimilar paths over which these two network types have been evolving. IP-centric technologies have been primarily focused on data but are evolving to handle voice, while optical networking has been evolving from the largely voice-centric technologies of Sonet and Dwdm to accommodate data communications requirements.

Additionally, there are a number of different technical and philosophical approaches to achieving the optimal infrastructure to accommodate the characteristics of the IP and optical worlds. For example, the choice of centralized vs. distributed architectures, multi-layer networks vs. pure IP-over-optical, optimal use of routing and switching technology, ATM vs. Mpls in the core, and many others. All promise to expand the ability of the infrastructure to accommodate higher and more granular capacity requirements, operate cost-efficiently, and provide the basis for value-added READ MORE >

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<DL><BR><DT><B>1.0 Executive Summary</B> <BR><DD><BR><BR><DT><B>2.0 Study Overview</B> <BR><DT>2.1 Introduction <BR><DT>2.2 Scope and Objectives <BR><DT>2.3 Definitions <BR><DT>2.4 Methodology <BR><DD><BR><BR><DT><B>3.0 IP Network Evolution</B> <BR><DT>3.1 IP Networks in 2003: An Overview <BR><DL><BR><DD>3.1.1 Traffic Engineering and QoS <BR><DD>3.1.2 Security <BR><DD>3.1.3 Standards Update – IPv6 and MPLS <BR><DD>3.1.4 VoIP Evolution </DD></DL><BR><DD><BR><BR><DT><B>4.0 Optical Technology Evolution</B> <BR><DT>4.1 Optical Networking in 2003: An Overview <BR><DL><BR><DD>4.1.1 SONET v WDM v DWDM <BR><DD>4.1.2 Grooming and aggregation <BR><DD>4.1.3 Centralization vs. distribution <BR><DD>4.1.4 Layering Issues <BR><DD>4.1.5 OOO vs. OEO <BR><DD>4.1.6 Standards Update: GMPLS, ANSON, O-UNI and ietf-IPO </DD></DL><BR><DD><BR><BR><DT><B>5.0 Implications of IP Over Optical: The Equipment Vendor Perspective</B> <BR><DT>5.1 Overview of IP/Optical Equipment Segments <BR><DL><BR><DD>5.1.1 Core and Edge Routers <BR><DD>5.1.2 ATM Switches <BR><DD>5.1.3 Optical Switches <BR><DD>5.1.4 Softswitches, Signaling and VoIP Gateways <BR><DD>5.1.5 Hybrid Solutions </DD></DL><BR><DT>5.2 Evolution of equipment segments <BR><DT>5.3 Which segments will survive and thrive? <BR><DD><BR><BR><DT><B>6.0 Implications of IP over Optical: The Service Provider Perspective</B> <BR><DT>6.1 Overview of Service Provider Segments <BR><DT>6.2 What do Service Providers need to succeed? <BR><DL><BR><DD>6.2.1 Technical Features <BR><DD>6.2.2 Services, Cost and Profitability issues </DD></DL><BR><DT>6.3 Service Provider IP/Optical Network Strategy Alternatives <BR><DT>6.4 Which strategies will win out? <BR><DT>6.5 Implications for Service Provider success <BR><DD><BR><BR><DT><B>7.0 TCO Models</B> <BR><DT>7.1 Description of Alternatives <BR><DL><BR><DD>7.1.1 Multi-Layer vs. Single Layer Architectures <BR><DD>7.1.2 Centralized vs. Distributed Models <BR><DD>7.1.3 MPLS vs. ATM </DD></DL><BR><DT>7.2 TCO vs. Other Factors For Success <BR><DD><BR><BR><DT><B>8.0 Conclusions and Recommendations</B></DT></DL>

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