The up-to-the-minute briefing on optical networking for every non-technical professional and business decision-maker. The up-to-the-minute optical networking guide for every business, marketing, and investment professional The only easy-to-read guide to explain the components, systems, and technologies needed to build today's intelligent optical network How optical networking transforms the Internet-and your competitive landscape Clear, non-technical explanations of every key optical networking technology Next-generation optical networks: "IP-over-optical," "all-optical," and the coming "optical enterprise" Fiber for business and home: challenges and opportunities Optical networks are transforming the Internet, making it possible to deliver amazing amounts of bandwidth for every application, from business to entertainmentand beyond. Now there's an easy-to-understand guide to optical networking for every non-technical professional! Network Magazine International Technology Editor David Greenfield offers crisp, witty explanations of everything you need to know: infrastructure, trends, applicationsand the new breakthroughs that will make optical networks even more powerful and ubiquitous. Clear, accessible explanations of all five generations of optical networking Generation 1: Fiber for transport only Generation 2: Maximizing speed with DWDM and related technologies Generation 3: Replacing SDH/SONET with IP-over-optical-intelligent TCP/IP-based optical infrastructure Generation 4: Tomorrow's amazing all-optical networks Generation 5: The far distant horizon: "Optical enterprises" that move optical technology into premisesand into computers themselves How optical networks fit into the existing public network infrastructure Delivering fiber-based services to homes and businesses: challenges and opportunities Whether you're a manager, consultant, sales, marketing, or PR professional, investor, or student, you need to understand the extraordinary power and impact of tomorrow's optical networks. The Essential Guide to Optical Networks explains these pivotal technologies from a business standpoint-without hype, jargon, or math!Greenfield, David is the author of 'Essential Guide to Optical Networks' with ISBN 9780130429568 and ISBN 0130429562.