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Transforming the Central Office: Implementing CORD
Date / Time: Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 11:30 a.m. New York / 4:30 p.m. London
sponsored by
Jim Hodges, Principal Analyst, Core Network Evolution & Analytics, Heavy Reading

Donna Reineck Wehan, Radisys CORD Senior Product Line Manager, Radisys

Anish Sankalia, Sr. Solutions Architect, Open Compute Transformation Solutions and Services, Radisys Professional Services

Communications service providers (CSPs) have spent more than four decades building out and evolving their networks to meet the changing service and access demands of their customers. While the process has been dynamic, there has been one constant network element – the central office (CO).

Given the amount of investment a central office represents, as well as the strategic location and proximity to both mobile and fixed end users, the CO is going through another major transformation to enable it to support virtualized network functions aligned with a distributed cloud model.

Accordingly, this webinar will dive deep into this process, documenting the progress of the innovative Central Office Re-architected as Datacenter (CORD) initiative that defines the vital design considerations to enable this migration.

Specific topics addressed include:

  • CORD business and technical drivers
  • CORD reference architecture configurations for mobile, fixed and enterprise evolution
  • CORD high-value use cases and service innovation models
  • The relationship between open-source software and CORD
  • CORD leaders and visionaries


Jim Hodges, Principal Analyst, Core Network Evolution & Analytics, Heavy Reading
Jim leads Heavy Reading’s research on the impact of NFV on the control plane and application layers at the core and edge. This includes the evolution path of SIP applications, unified communications (UC), IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), session border controllers (SBCs), Diameter signaling controllers (DSCs), policy controllers and WebRTC. Jim is also focused on the network and subscriber impact of Big Data and Analytics. He authors Heavy Reading's NFV and SDN Market Trackers. Other areas of research coverage include Subscriber Data Management (SDM) and fixed-line TDM replacement. Jim joined Heavy Reading from Nortel Networks, where he tracked the VoIP and application server market landscape and was a key contributor to the development of Wireless Intelligent Network (WIN) standards. Additional technical experience was gained with Bell Canada, where he performed IN and SS7 network planning, numbering administration, technical model forecast creation and definition of regulatory-based interconnection models. Jim is based in Ottawa, Canada.

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Donna Reineck Wehan, Radisys CORD Senior Product Line Manager, Radisys
Donna Reineck serves as a Senior Product Line Manager for Radisys CORD (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter) initiatives, collaborating across ON.Lab partners and contributors to drive broadband and mobility open source CORD roadmaps. She brings more than 30 years of IT and telco technology experience to Radisys, including 13 years in product management focused on innovative new markets such as Cloud Management Software (CMS) and Telco NFV. Prior to Radisys, Donna was a member of VMware and Mirantis Product Management teams, where she brought strategic and technical leadership to several open source, open cloud management platforms.

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Anish Sankalia, Sr. Solutions Architect, Open Compute Transformation Solutions and Services, Radisys Professional Services
As an experienced professional in network transformation solutions and services segment, Anish Sankalia is spearheading open compute and open source based solutions and services at Radisys. Anish has been consulting service provider clients on analyzing, validating and commercializing SDN/NFV enabled open system networks. In close partnership with members of ON.Labs, Anish contributes to the development of solutions, services and applications for the CORD platform by leveraging CI/CD, DevOps and TestOps methodologies.

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