Originally designed for service provider voice networks, optical networking technology is rapidly expanding to business end users. Large enterprises now consider it to be the transport medium of choice for mission-critical networks.
Optical networking can help organizations:
An optical backbone can expand, providing service flexibility, resiliency, and optimizing the fiber infrastructure. It also reduces the need to maintain multiple wide area networks. In addition, it can help organizations meet business continuance objectives, which require a highly available network infrastructure.
Organizations can gain capital and operating expense savings with the Cisco Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM). This recently-developed optical networking technology offers high-capacity environments: