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Network operators are facing the problem of dimensioning their networks for the expected huge IP traffic volumes while keeping constant or even reducing the connectivity prices. Therefore, new architectural solutions able to cope with the expected traffic increase in a more cost-effective way are needed. In this paper, the authors study the survivable IP/Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) over Wavelength Switched Optical Network (WSON) multilayer network problem as a CAPital EXpenditure (CAPEX) minimization problem. Two network approaches providing survivability against optical links, IP/MPLS nodes, and opto-electronic port failures are compared: the classical overlay approach where two redundant IP/MPLS networks are deployed, and the new joint multilayer approach which provides the requested survivability through an orchestrated interlayer recovery scheme which minimizes the over-dimensioning of IP/MPLS nodes.
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