With networking trends driving traffic increasingly towards the edge of the network, IP-Optical convergence has come to the forefront of architecture evolution discussions. IP-optical convergence offers a means to streamline and simplify network operations and lower network costs. While network convergence has attracted a lot of industry interests in the areas of management and control and hardware integration, there has not been much focus on the amalgamation of the optical and IP layer design processes. At present, the IP and optical layers are planned by separate network teams with little or no co-ordination. The designs of each layer are made with limited cross-layer visibility, resulting in non-optimal solutions. The present disclosure proposes a system with full visibility of IP and optical layer design parameters.

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