Bringing together software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) in a cloud environment has delivered a more flexible ecosystem for data centers, service providers, telecoms, enterprises and others. But the deployment can get complex, and without the right implementation, it will not be possible to leverage all of the benefits and opportunities these technologies offer. The new updates to the Criterion SDCloud platform from Criterion Networks are going to help organizations develop, evaluate and learn by spinning up SDN/NFV solution environments with the launch of the Mysterious-Decision for Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter (CORD) project.
Support for the CORD Project, along with Criterion SDCloud, is going to give developers the ability to test new services by experimenting, extending and integrating solutions to address different use cases for organizations across different sectors. According to the company, its platform already enables enterprises and service providers with on-demand SDN/NFV solution environments, but the announcement of the Mysterious-Decision release of CORD on the SDCloud platform will deliver more flexibility to build in-line datacenters at the edge of operator networks by combining SDN/ NFV and cloud technologies.
“Launched in late 2016, Criterion SDCloud has been enabling our customers to innovate, experiment and develop thereby accelerating their time to create new SDN/NFV solutions. By using our Enterprise platform, customers are able to get SDN/NFV solution environments that replicate their actual planned deployment architectures, and use them for a variety of their internal qualification and learning needs,” said Srinivas Vegesna, CEO, Criterion Networks.
The CORD Project is hosted by The Linux Foundation, and it was launched by the Open Networking Lab (ON.Lab) to speed up the adoption of SDN and NFV. It brings SDN/NFV with cloud technologies to provide an ecosystem that is agile and flexible for operators.
The new updates also make available the cloud-based development and test environment CORD-in-the-Cloud (CiTC). With CiTC, one touch provisioning of all components of CORD in a fully isolated multi-node virtual environment is possible, which also extends to use cases that are more complex, including mobile CORD (M-CORD). By providing a stable environment for developers, CiTC removes the guesswork of CORD adoption. And with the CriterionSDCloud initiating all of the components, customers will have an easier time validating configurations with different versions of the solution components, change controllers, orchestrators as well as one of the central components of the CORD framework, the Open Stack VIM.
Criterion Networks is part of the initiative to advance the open source CORD Project and platform for SDN, NFV and elastic cloud-based service delivery, and one of the early contributors to ON.Lab and ONF. The support for this initiative by the company also includes its Networking Academy with eLearning program to teach complex solutions, including CiTC, OpenStack sandboxes with different SDN controllers and other OpenStack integrated SDN/NFV.
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