automatic / intelligent fiber optic patch panel (iow SDN @ layer0)

Phil Bedard bedard.phil at
Mon Dec 15 12:42:28 UTC 2014

Those photonic switches are getting cheaper because a ton of people make them now and the components aren't really very expensive.  Of course the cost is relative, and I don't know what an electromechanical switch might cost.  Glimmerglass, Calient, Polatis were some of the early ones but I've seen a bunch of vendors with 192/384 systems.  


-----Original Message-----
From: "Arnold Nipper" <arnold at>
Sent: ‎12/‎12/‎2014 6:33 PM
To: "Phil Bedard" <bedard.phil at>; "nanog at" <nanog at>
Subject: Re: automatic / intelligent fiber optic patch panel (iow SDN @ layer0)

On 11.12.2014 01:33, Phil Bedard wrote:

> Curious what the use case is where a photonic or L1 switch wouldn't get 
> the job done?  

Just a matter of costs, Phil. Of course a photonic switch would also do
th job. But I neither need the speed of switching over nor all the other
features a photonic switch offers. Makes sense?

Arnold Nipper / nIPper consulting, Sandhausen, Germany
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