The emergence of the Cloud Central Office (CO) was one of the key discussion points of the Atlanta meeting, with ON.Lab holding demonstrations and presentations of the CORD project. CORD, or Central Office Re-architected as a Data Center, integrates NFV and SDN to bring data center economics and cloud flexibility to both the telco Central Office and the entire access network.
Residential, enterprise and mobile applications of the CORD infrastructure were shown at the meeting, as well as discussions around the business case of simplifying the economies of traditional data centers. Cloud CO will use CORD, an open source reference implementation, as an input into the architecture definition process. Cloud CO use cases can also be tested on CORD, in order for CORD to evaluate their implementation.
Broadband Forum CEO Robin Mersh said: "Working with ON.Lab on CORD has been a very fruitful exercise and we're pleased to formalize the arrangement with this MOU. The CORD project is an important example of the vast amount of work being done in this area and collaborating with projects like this one will be key for the Broadband Forum as we look to work more closely with open source projects to help our members feel the business benefits of SDN, NFV, Cloud and other new technologies."
ON.Lab Executive Director Guru Parulkar said: "The Cloud CO as a concept is going to be a vital part of our work going forward and with it, operators will be able to quickly and efficiently deliver new technologies into the central office. With the help of the Broadband Forum, ON.Lab will continue to meet the challenges of re-imagining the telco CO as concepts and use cases emerge."
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