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NFV-Based CORD Project Has Communications Stars Jumping

By Steve Anderson April 06, 2017

If ever there were a celebrity-driven communications project, the Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter (CORD) project would likely qualify. Already joined by such names as AT&T, China Unicom and Verizon, the project recently got still more star power behind it as Sprint and Deutsche Telekom joined in, adding further muscle and capability behind the ongoing project to turn the central office into more of a data center project using such tools as network functions virtualization (NFV), software defined networking (SDN) and cloud-based systems.

The CORD Project was started as part of the Open Network Operating System (ONOS) back in 2015, and has been rapidly moving organizations to adopt open source solutions in both SDN and NFV ever since. Though the CORD Project was eventually brought into the Linux Foundation, its importance hasn't diminished; not long after its move to the Linux Foundation, it brought out a new open reference implementation that allowed single integrated solutions platforms the ability to create new customer services. With the new reference design created alongside this, it was now possible for organizations to add CORD to a node in the space of just one hour.

Ever since, CORD's evolution has continued at a fever pitch, with several pre-integrated releases emerging and giving users a framework on which to build. Now, with new companies getting involved, development should only continue more rapidly as a result.

Sprint's vice president of technology Ron Marquardt commented, “CORD combines the best of SDN, NFV and cloud technologies, creating an integrated platform that enables agile deployment of innovative cloud-scale services. We are excited to work closely with leading ecosystem players to drive greater scalability and innovation. Through the contribution of our own open source code for CUPS and SDN, we appreciate the power of the community driven co-development process and encourage its rapid adoption throughout the mobile industry.”

It's been widely known that tools like NFV and SDN represent significant potential to be powerful new additions to the wider overall market, and have already found use cases throughout several different market verticals. Adding major new companies to the effort—though there were already plenty of major firms involved as it was—should have an excellent effect on overall development of the CORD project, and potentially even SDN and NFV as a whole, assuming any developments made here can be transferred to CORD's ancestor technologies.

CORD's value to the business community could be massive, and for those mobile providers who are getting in on the action—the entire big four in the United States is now a part of this on some level—it could be the start of something really impressive.

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Edited by Alicia Young

Contributing Writer

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