We talked before about how over 150 customers from 50 different network operators and enterprises met last month at Cisco’s campus in Richardson, Texas, to attend the Spring 2012 Packet Optical Networking Conference (PONC). Besides collaborating on best practices and future requirements in IP and optical solutions, attendees also had an opportunity to view Cisco’s extensive “brownfield” 100G DWDM demo setup. It consists of over 1000 km of fiber, with 10G services and shows how we can plug-n-play 100G services onto existing live systems. This is a critical requirement for customers who must maintain business continuity while still upgrading the capacity of the network. It’s also using the same technology we showed with EANTC that could go to 400G and 1T, so 100G should be considered a floor and not a ceiling.
Watch Cisco’s Bill Gartner and Ron Johnson discuss the impact of IP+Optical convergence and how easy customers can upgrade their DWDM services without having to upgrade their fiber infrastructure or affecting existing services.
If you missed this year’s PONC event, mark your calendar for two more over the next year. Fall PONC 2012 is currently targeted to take place in Monza, Italy, on November 13 and 14, 2012. Spring PONC 2013 will be on our San Jose, California, campus but we don’t have a final date as of yet.
We look forward to seeing you at either of these events. Contact your Cisco account manager for more details.