Cloud services and increased machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity have contributed to the explosion of inter-data center traffic.
Cloud computing has redefined the way applications run on the network, exposing the underlying limitations of the networks. To keep up, content providers have changed the paradigm and built their own large capacity networks. However, operational complexities and cost continue to be a challenge as bandwidth and applications grow at a rapid pace on the network.
The market, therefore, needs a new solution specifically designed to address this growing problem. Next-generation cloud infrastructure platforms must meet massive capacity and scaling requirements. Content and service providers need converged solutions that include optical and LSR functionality (see http://www.acgresearch.net/knowledge-insights/reports-whitepapers/next-generation-lsr.aspx), especially in the metro regional networks in order to lower the cost per bit of transport and routing. Adding application awareness to a converged solution will also enable content and service providers to meet the performance and scale demands while increasing control and enabling service innovation, all with significantly improved economic efficiencies.
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