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The Case for Open Line Systems

Reducing Vendor Lock-in and Speeding Innovation

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The Case for Open Line Systems

Taking a cue from the separation of hardware, operating systems, and applications software in IT, and more recently the separation of compute, storage, and networking in data centers, the trend toward disaggregation and openness is starting to impact the broader communications equipment market. This impact is already being felt with the shift to SDN, disaggregating the control plane from the forwarding plane, and the shift to NFV, disaggregating network hardware from software functions. In terms of WDM transport, disaggregation is coming in the form of open line systems.

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