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CORD: Calling All Systems Integrators

CORD, the open source project focused on making Central Offices into data centers, is set to really take off in 2018, according to its backers. If there is anything holding it back, however, it is the lack of systems integration expertise in the current market.

Telecom operators are advancing their edge computing strategies, looking to host cloud infrastructure from their central offices and other edge sites, says Timon Sloane, vice president of Standards & Membership at the Open Networking Foundation , the community supporting the Central Office Re-architected as a Data Center (CORD) project.

And they are embracing the CORD approach, he adds.

"Operators want to be able to buy this in a supported way," he says in an interview. "The market -- the systems integrators who are going to step up and say I can deliver this -- has not emerged. It is interesting times and that is the challenge for the community as we move forward."

ONF is a bit unique from other open source groups in that it has its own engineering staff -- 30 software engineers, funded by its members -- and its own lab. That enables ONF to move quickly, issuing CORD software releases quarterly. But Sloane says that will need to change going forward.

"Everything we do is in the open, but right now, half of the code, or maybe a little more, comes from ONF engineers," he says. "Our aspiration is for that to shift over time, what we really need to is a full embrace of the ecosystem. This is a transformative, turbulent time."

To read more about CORD and its recent progress, check out this story on our sister site, Broadband World News. (See CORD Promising 'Exciting' 2018.)

— Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading

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