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More lasagne, please
01 August 2004
The move to open standards in the telecommunications industry means networks and services will be developed in layers, like lasagne, suggests HP's Sebastiano Tevarotto. Don't worry, that's the only food metaphor he uses in this interview
He's Italian, with a
clearly Italian name and, despite his many years with
Hewlett-Packard in California, an Italian accent. So Sebastiano
Tevarotto is allowed to use this metaphor for a significant
change he sees in the telecommunications market.
"The telecommunications world is moving from spaghetti to
lasagne," he says. Er, sorry? What is that again?
Lasagne, he says. The architecture in telecommunications is
being horizontalized, because of a move to open standards. This
is allowing operators to pick and choose between competing
suppliers, instead of being locked into one that uses
He likens the proprietary approach, where one company
supplied everything throughout the system, to spaghetti. "And
spaghetti architecture has an opex that is unbearable," he
Well, maybe this metaphor isn't as meaningful as it might
be, so let's leave the pasta alone and get back to talking
about the industry as it is, and as it...
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