Open Source Hardware Replacing MPLS for the Cloud


  • Karl May, Serial Entrepreneur and Founder, Lumen Networks, Qognition and Mirage, USA




When Lumen set in motion a group of companies building open-source optical systems beginning with a Data Center Interconnect appliance, there were no other such appliances in the market (January 2014). Today, however, this market is projected to be the fastest growing segment of the systems market. 

Lumen is focused on three key elements that are ignored by traditional vendors: 
a. new business model to reduce capex;
b. collaborative development with many module and subsystem vendors; and
c. open API for programmable configuration, health maintenance, and automation

Today, Lumen’s growing ecosystem of the innovators in optical systems is leading to new and compelling products to provide a complete packet and optical solution. This new product and business model is finding strong resonance beyond carriers.


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