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Upskill U on the SDN Approach to IP & Optical Integration

Interest in IP and optical integration stalled in the early 2000s as concerns over vendor lock-in, the threat of reduced network capacity and an inflexible photonic layer challenged integration. More recently, SDN shows real promise in supporting IP and optical integration by enabling management and control across multiple layers.


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Tomorrow at Upskill U, Sterling Perrin, senior analyst at Heavy Reading , will examine historical barriers to IP and optical integration, how SDN has emerged as a game-changer in enabling this integration and how this integration advances service providers' network optimization goals. This course, "The SDN Approach to IP & Optical Integration," launches live tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. ET and is the final session in a four-part series on SDN. (Register for The SDN Approach to IP & Optical Integration.)

Sterling Perrin of Heavy Reading delivers the final course in Upskill U's series on SDN.
Sterling Perrin of Heavy Reading delivers the final course in Upskill U's series on SDN.

Paul Mason, senior global solutions architect for Equinix Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), delivered the course "SDN & the Software Defined Data Center," on Wednesday, and addressed the drivers behind the emergence of software-defined data centers (SDDC). Mason addressed how company culture and skillsets must shift in order to take full advantage of the technological advances like centralized controllers and software-defined security, available in SDDCs. (Listen to SDN & the Software Defined Data Center.)

"This is a long journey, never stop iterating. Because of the productivity that you're going to gain by no longer having to administer the physical data center, your team should be allowed to focus on the next generation of your software defined data center," said Mason. "The truth is that if you're not working on the next version, you're already falling behind."

Upskill U will be on a study break next week -- take this opportunity to refresh your skills by revisiting recordings of past courses on topics including analytics, virtualization, open source, security and the Internet of Things (IoT). Track your progress toward graduation via your Upskill U profile, and once you complete ten courses you'll graduate summa cum laude and receive the coveted Upskill U graduation certificate. Secure your seat for tomorrow's course now, and I'll see you on the chat boards! (See Upskill U Curriculum Calendar.)

— Kelsey Kusterer Ziser, Editor, Upskill U

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