Optical Networking: The Automation Ultimatum?
Optical Connections Magazine – Spring Edition 2020
‘Right now, automation is a hot topic for all varieties of network, but there may be a particularly compelling synergy between automation and optical networking. “Having a fibre optic network without automation is like bringing a Ferrari to a street rate but forgetting to inflate the tyres – extraordinary performance capability, but an inability to move forward quickly or event win the race,” contends Geoff Burke, Chief Marketing Officer of the Broadband Forum (BBF).
The spread of installed and developing optical network automation opportunities is quite wide. In this context, initiatives range from the use of self-turning DWDM transceivers to the construction of the sort of ambitious Intent-Based Networking (IBN) model favoured by the like of Cisco Systems. Either way, the attractions of automation are manifold, and can be substantial.’