Optical networking technology changes rapidly and constantly. To navigate the challenges of this landscape successfully, it’s important to stay in close contact with the engineers who manage your network on a day-to-day basis. Here are the most important questions to ask your Engineering team when making near- to long-term network plans:
- Cost vs. Quality. Budget constraints and long lists of projects can make controlling costs a high priority. However, making hardware decisions on cost alone can cause significant operational headaches for your network staff and jeopardize your network performance. Therefore, it is important to learn what level of performance and durability your engineers require, and make sure any new vendor can offer parts for lab qualification.
- Old vs. New. As with cost and quality, it’s necessary to strike a balance between old and new technology. Moving too slowly and adhering too much to “tried-and-true” technology can push your network into obsolescence, but rapid shifts in new technology can cause integration nightmares and require constant training. Ask your staff: will we be buying this new technology for newness’ sake, or does it resolve an actual network need?
Champion ONE has extensive experience helping network operators strike these balances. Our products can match (or exceed) OEM
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