The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Open Platform Summit

Will Disaggregation Drive Core Network Deployments in 2025?
Monday, 4 March, 16:30--19:00
Room 7

Organizers: Antonio D’Errico, Ericsson Telecomunicazioni SPa, Italy, Stephen Grubb, Facebook Inc., USA; Italy; Albert Rafel, British Telecommunications, UK

The event is divided in two parts. In the first part, invited speakers will give their views on Network Disaggregation and how it may drive network deployments in the near future, outlining progress in initiatives such as OpenRoadm, Telecom Infra Project, OpenConfig, and ONF. A debate/discussion will follow addressing the objectives and different strategies leading to the design and deployment of more efficient, more cost-effective, greener and more sustainable network infrastructures, thus achieving a more flexible ICT services evolution in the future.

Telecom and network operators are expected to realize big benefits by disaggregating their metro-core network nodes. The adoption of disaggregation in ICT networks implies a radical change of consolidated paradigms in planning, engineering, deploying, operating and troubleshooting the network. 

Network disaggregation represents a dramatic departure from the current way the hardware and software are designed and built, introducing new and not negligible deployment challenges. Disaggregated networks are expected to define a virtuous multi-vendor ecosystem where technology and economic advantages are possible, which can only be achieved if hardware and software components are truly interoperable, therefore making it necessary an effective system integration. Thus a new scenario is emerging following current attempts by the Telecom and Network operators to emancipate themselves from the system vendor lock-in. Vertical integration of network equipment, where vendors provide support during the entire lifecycle of their product, seems to be no longer the common requirement in the Network Disaggregation paradigm.

How system integration and all other mentioned issues can be faced in the disaggregation challenge and how the ICT network market will consequently evolve while maintaining interoperability and reliability is part of the current debate and will be part of the main topics during the Open Platform Summit event.

Andrea Campanella, ONF, Italy
Open Source Software and White Box Hardware Driving Optical Network Disaggregation

Mark Filer, Microsoft, USA
The Open and Disaggregated Networks Powering the Microsoft Cloud

Akira Hirano, NTT, Japan
White Box as a Next Generation Transport Platform?

Scott Mountford, AT&T, USA
Opening up Long Distance Optical Networks: Pros, Cons, and Caveats

Tim Stuch, Facebook, USA
Opportunities and Challenges of Disaggregation in Subsea Networks

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