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Converge services to a single layer to save up to 46% TCO.
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Cisco Routed Optical Networking
Deliver improved operational efficiency and simplicity
What is Routed Optical Networking?
Routed Optical Networking, part of the Converged SDN Transport solution, is an architecture that delivers improved operational efficiencies and simplicity. The solution works by merging IP and private line services onto a single layer where all the switching is done at Layer 3. Routers are connected with standardized 400G ZR/ZR+ coherent pluggable optics.
With a single service layer based upon IP, flexible management tools use telemetry and model driven programmability to streamline lifecycle operations. This simplified architecture integrates open data models and standard APIs, enabling a provider to focus on automation initiatives for a simpler topology.
Private line emulation (PLE) enables private line services to be carried over the same IP network for non-Ethernet type services like SONET/SDH and Fibre Channel. Using PLE maintains the same service-level agreements and service characteristics such as guaranteed bandwidth and persistent bidirectional paths using the innovation in Circuit-Style Segment Routing (CS-SR). It includes Ethernet Virtual Private Network (EVPN) extensions for setup and control and circuit emulation for bit transparency.
PLE is fully automated via through Crosswork Network Automation, which supplies bandwidth reservation, bidirectional path optimization, service assurance, and orchestration for private line services, and service visibility from the service layer down to the fiber.
Crosswork Network Automation manages the simplified network provided by Routed Optical Networking as well as brownfield and multilayered siloed networks through a single pane of glass. Its architecture consists of an IP domain controller, optical domain controller, and cross-domain controller, aligning to industry standards.
Crosswork is an industry-leading automation platform that simplifies and accelerates the planning, design, and implementation of the network. Operators can also proactively optimize the network and ensure high-quality services.
How routed optical networking led to a 69% savings
"Colt has migrated more than 50 percent of their EU core network traffic to 400G ZR/ZR+ optics in Cisco routers to address the benefits of the Routed Optical Networking solution. The smaller footprint and lower power reduced our operational complexity resulting in a TCO savings of up to 69% so far."
Vivek Gaur, Vice President Networking Engineering, Colt
"Our new Cisco infrastructure uses less electricity, includes more high-capacity ports, and requires less space than our previous system. It is highly scalable and can handle enough bandwidth to accommodate our projected growth. … When you pair these benefits … it is clear we found the right partner in Cisco."
"Solutions in the market today typically require two or three different platforms to deliver what the company needs, including Link Net. The Cisco Routed Optical Networking solution converges IP and Optical, thus simplifying our network … and ultimately optimizing the utilization of our capex and opex."
Marlo Budiman, President Director and CEO, PT Link Net Tbk
"The Cisco Routed Optical Networking solution paired with Cisco 8000 series routers with 400 GbE optics will enable us to build a network that will have a transformational impact on Ethiopia and serve as a model for connecting the estimated 3.8 billion citizens around the world … without access to high-speed internet."