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CORD Project

October 18, 2016 03:00 ET

CORD Project Adds Seven New Collaborators and Surpasses 50 Member Milestone

Rapidly growing open source networking community unites at Broadband World Forum to showcase R-CORD use cases and demos

MENLO PARK, CA--(Marketwired - October 18, 2016) - CORD Project, the open source collaboration advancing the leading open source service delivery platform that combines SDN, NFV, and elastic cloud services to redefine network access, today announces Canonical, Mellanox, US Ignite, Viavi, Villa-Tech, Windstream and Xilinx have joined as collaborators.

Emerging as a critical platform for service providers and vendors, Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter (CORD™) has experienced major momentum in the three months since it launched as a project hosted by The Linux Foundation. The community now includes more than 50 members actively collaborating and accelerating CORD development and use in production networks.

The R-CORD domain of use for residential subscribers connected over wireline technologies, such as GPON, G.Fast, 10GPON, and DOCSIS, includes access devices built as white boxes with merchant silicon and a set of services such as CDN, parental control, and others designed for residential customers. R-CORD will have significant presence at the annual Broadband World Forum in London, Oct. 18-20, 2016 with overview sessions and demonstrations of recent R-CORD development.

Those attending BBWF can learn more about CORD through the following activities:

Click here for the complete BBWF agenda.

"The Broadband Forum is very interested in the developments coming out of the CORD community, as this project is a good example of how virtualization can positively impact broadband networks," said Robin Mersh, CEO of Broadband Forum. "We have several complementary projects happening in the Forum so we are very happy that CORD is being demonstrated at the BBF Interoperability Pavilion at the Broadband World Forum."

"R-CORD has played a phenomenal role in democratizing the broadband infrastructure components like GPON OLT to the hands of open community innovators," said Joseph Sulistyo, Sr. Director of Open Networking Solutions at Radisys corporation. "Radisys is committed to accelerate the adoption of R-CORD from incubation to the industrialization phase through leveraging open source to invoke untapped resources to push the boundary of frugal innovation with speed and scale."

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.

More about new CORD collaborators:

"New member and community growth are pivotal in accelerating adoption of critical CORD production use cases, demos and proof of concepts," said Guru Parulkar, executive director and CORD board member. "Thanks to the Broadband Forum (BBF) community embracing CORD, we have the opportunity to showcase R-CORD this week through demos, interactive sessions and panels."

Canonical: Canonical is the company behind Ubuntu, the leading OS for container, cloud, scale-out and hyperscale computing. 65% of large-scale OpenStack deployments are on Ubuntu, using both KVM and the pure-container LXD hypervisor for the world's fastest private clouds. Canonical provides enterprise support and services for commercial users of Ubuntu.

Mellanox: Mellanox Technologies is a leading supplier of end-to-end Ethernet and InfiniBand intelligent interconnect solutions and services that increase data center efficiency for servers, storage, and hyper-converged infrastructure. With the commitment to CORD, Mellanox is dedicated to enabling open platforms, unleashing innovation and unlocking performance in the telco infrastructure.

US Ignite: US Ignite is working to create a national ecosystem of connected communities working together to build new applications and services that create new possibilities for experiential learning, medical monitoring and visualization, and local emergency response. US Ignite looks forward to working with the CORD team to help make CORD an integral part of this ecosystem and a key enabler of these applications.

Viavi: Viavi Solutions Inc. is a global provider of network test, monitoring and assurance solutions that deliver end-to-end visibility for service providers and enterprises across physical, virtual and hybrid networks. Viavi will provide M-CORD with end-to-end monitoring and analytics capabilities, enabling dynamic testing, visibility, automation and optimization of network slicing operations in a variety of deployment scenarios.

Villa-Tech: Villa-Tech delivers network solutions for both small and large data scenarios and computing environments. With more than 20 years' experience, Villa-Tech offers a broad portfolio of notable infrastructure architecture and design/build narratives including CORD solutions for the security surveillance and enterprise industry.

Windstream: Windstream, a FORTUNE 500 company, is a leading provider of advanced network communications, including cloud computing and managed services, to businesses nationwide. The company also offers broadband, phone and digital TV services to consumers primarily in rural areas.

Xilinx: Xilinx, Inc. is the leading provider of All Programmable FPGAs, SoCs, MPSoCs, and 3D ICs. Xilinx uniquely enables applications that are both software defined and hardware optimized -- powering industry advancements in Cloud Computing, Embedded Vision, Industrial IoT, and 5G. Xilinx contributions, FPGA-based acceleration-as-a-service and virtual-RAN/cloud-RAN fronthaul interface supporting flexible functional split and fast connectivity, will provide significant performance improvements and flexibility across various CORD platforms.

The CORD Project allows subscribers to configure and manage service packages with Web-like simplicity and automated internet-like provisioning. With open API's and built-in security, CORD architecture enables service providers to quickly and safely add third-party service offerings to provide subscribers with a wide array of today's and tomorrow's services.

The diverse CORD community comprises service provider partners AT&T, China Unicom, Google, NTT Communications, SK Telecom, and Verizon, vendors Ciena, Cisco, Fujitsu, Intel, NEC, Nokia, Radisys and Samsung, and a long list of other vendors and system integrators.

Whether an individual or an organization, all are encouraged to get involved with the growing open source CORD community. Both the ONOS and CORD Projects are hosted by The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration.

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About CORD Project
CORD™ (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter) brings datacenter economics and cloud flexibility to the telco Central Office and to the entire access network. CORD is an open source service delivery platform that combines SDN, NFV, and elastic cloud services to network operators and service providers. It integrates ONOS, OpenStack, Docker, and XOS-all running on merchant silicon, white-box switches, commodity servers, and disaggregated access devices. The CORD reference implementation serves as a platform for multiple domains of use, with open source communities building innovative services for residential, mobile, and enterprise network customers. The CORD ecosystem comprises ON.Lab and organizations that are funding and contributing to the CORD initiative. These organizations include AT&T, China Unicom, Google, NTT Communications Corp., SK Telecom Co. Ltd., Verizon, Ciena Corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc., Fujitsu Ltd., Intel Corporation, NEC Corporation, Nokia, Radisys and Samsung Electronics, Co. See the full list of members, including CORD's collaborators, and learn how you can get involved with CORD at opencord.org.

CORD is an independently funded software project hosted by The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems.

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