The challenges of developing telecom infrastructure have been a topic of keen discussion for the past decade. Increasingly complex applications and higher bandwidth requirements coupled with shorter product lifecycles and smaller development teams have pushed the telecom industry to the brink.
For as long as these challenges have been part of the industry dialogue, the commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) model has been touted as the solution. If the problem is smaller development teams, buying blades makes intuitive sense ” less development work should mean that a smaller team can successfully build a system from off-the-shelf components. If the problem is meeting stringent time-to-market requirements, again, it follows that buying blades should accelerate the overall product schedule as the blades are, in theory, fully debugged and ready to deploy into the application.