Prayson Pate, CTO of Ensemble Division at ADVA Optical Networking, provides an update on software defined wide area networks (SD-WAN) 2.0 discussed in his last interview and new concepts. Universal customer premises equipment (uCPE) is replacing purpose-built appliances with standard COTS servers. Prayson discusses the importance of uCPE to the industry and what efforts are driving standards and interoperability. He also examines how the Ensemble division is providing value and innovation for operators as they move to virtualization and 5G. To learn more, follow Prayson on LinkedIn or visit www.advaoptical.com.