Networking needs to follow the example of computing and storage by becoming more open and, in doing so, realize the full potential that wide area Ethernet can deliver.
"It is time for connect, computer, and store to come together in all their glory of opening up to build a better programmable platform that people can build businesses on, that applications and services can be built on," Alexander told Light Reading in a recent interview.
To find out more about Alexander's views on the challenges and potential of the networking fraternity, see Ciena's Alexander: The Future's Open.
— Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading
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