Using CORD to shape service delivery, reduce capex and opex
On this week’s NFV/SDN Reality Check we speak with Tech Mahindra about using CORD to shape service delivery and reduce carrier capex and opex The Open Network Operating System project’s central office re-architected as data center platform has generated a lot of headlines over the past several months as telecom operators look to garner more efficiency from their virtualization deployment plans using software-defined networking, network functions virtualization and cloud technologies. The ONOS project earlier this year touted continued progress in its efforts, including ongoing work towards the development of a new open reference implementation. The organization noted the CORD initiative is designed to “provide economies of scale and agility of cloud computing to the telco central office by leveraging infrastructure constructed from commodity building blocks” using SDN, NFV and cloud technologies. At the recent Open Network Summit, ONOS showcased various CORD use cases, including mobile CORD, which is said to integrate disaggregated and virtualized radio access network, evolved packet core and mobile edge computing to target “5G” technology moves. Further support for the initiative came from AT&T, which said it was trialing the CORD platform in a move to accelerate the roll out of its GigaPower broadband service. For this week’s featured interview we spoke with Manish Singh VP product management for SDN/NFV at Tech Mahindra, to discuss using CORD in shaping service delivery and reducing carrier capital and operating expense. Make sure to check us out again next week when we are scheduled to speak with Sprint to discuss the carrier’s plans for NFV and SDN in its 5G network moves.