Hardware Disaggregation: Demand Extending Beyond Expectations

Rick Talbot
Rick Talbot

Summary Bullets:

  • ICPs are deploying disaggregated solutions across their networks; data center operator interest in specialized DCI solutions for data centers also reflects this trend.
  • AT&T appears to have taken up the trend as it deploys disaggregated OLTs and proposes disaggregation of additional network equipment.

As I pointed out in a blog post last month, the capabilities introduced by SDN set the stage to present a radical possibility for the network: network element disaggregation (or, in the rest of this post, simply disaggregation). Though this concept would appear to be strictly in the purview of the academic community, several large network operators have called for disaggregation (either by name or perhaps by other names) over the past year. Demand for disaggregation exists beyond the theoretical. Continue reading “Hardware Disaggregation: Demand Extending Beyond Expectations”