Data Center Infrastructure

CORD Gets Its Own Project Status

SAN FRANCISCO – Open Networking Lab (ON.Lab) and The Linux Foundation today announce the formation of the Central Office Re-architected as a Data Center (CORD™) initiative as a new, independent open source project. In addition, Google, Radisys and Samsung Electronics Co. are joining CORD and ONOS Projects as new partners. Google will host the first CORD Summit on July 29 at Google Sunnyvale Tech Corner Campus in California, which will unite industry leaders, network architects and administrators, developers and engineers interested in building and using CORD to reinvent network access.

“We are delighted to welcome Google to the open source ONOS and CORD partnerships,” said Guru Parulkar, executive director at ON.Lab. “Given Google’s track record as a provider of cloud and access services, we anticipate it will play an important role in strengthening the CORD architecture, implementation, and deployments.”

“We are also delighted to partner with Radisys, a leading system integrator in the service provider space, and Samsung, which is committed to advancing next-generation mobile technologies. CORD is very well-positioned for future growth,” said Parulkar. “Radisys’ leadership for an open, vendor-agnostic solution for central office transformation will be critical in providing turn-key CORD Pods that will accelerate development and adoption of CORD, enabling ground-breaking network transformation. And Samsung as a leader in mobile networking will help ONOS and CORD in this important domain of use.”

Designed to support connectivity and cloud-based services for residential, enterprise and mobile subscribers, CORD delivers an open source integrated solutions platform for service providers leveraging merchant silicon, white boxes, and open source platforms such as ONOS, OpenStack, Docker, and XOS.

“CORD has the potential to significantly improve the economics and agility of access networks globally,” said Ankur Jain, principal engineer at Google. “We are excited to join CORD, host its inaugural summit and work closely with leading ecosystem players to bring greater scalability and rapid innovation to access networks.”

Initially developed as a use case for the open source SDN operating system ONOS, CORD has experienced major momentum and adoption among service providers and vendors during the past year. Now as a separate project with its own governance, partners, collaborators, and contributors, the community is actively collaborating and accelerating CORD development and use in production networks. The summit will feature keynotes from CORD community partners and collaborators including AT&T, China Unicom, Google, ON.Lab, and The Linux Foundation. Topics for discussion include the CORD architecture, use cases, building with and using CORD and the technical roadmap.

“Service providers are eager to leverage new open source technologies and platforms to transform their infrastructure,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “CORD provides service providers with a framework to re-architect their traditional central offices into next-generation data centers, using new technologies like SDN, NFV and cloud technologies that are going mainstream.”


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