A compact summary of Cignal AI’s position in the debate:

As part of our discussion on disaggregation vs integration, the NGON team asked Andrew Schmitt, founder at Cignal Al and Brad Booth, principal engineer at Microsoft, for their views on disaggregation, in order to give our community, further understanding and insights on the topic.

NGON team: Disaggregation vs integration?

Andrew Schmitt: Disaggregation. Equipment makers need to have the ability for customers to pick and choose vendor components and place them on their network if that’s the direction they want to take. This isn’t the right choice for most operators but it is something that vendors must support.

Some vendors like Ciena or Infinera can do this, but if you operate a network exclusively with their components better performance can be obtained.