China Unicom, ON.Lab/ONF Form China CORD® Industry Alliance

[See Cantonese translation below – 中國聯通夥拍ON.Lab/ONF 成立CORD 中國產業聯盟, 加速網路架構轉型]

[See Mandarin translation at bottom of post – 中國聯通與 ON.Lab/ONF 在中國建立 CORD 產業聯盟]

On Dec. 8-9 at the Global Network Technology Conference in Beijing, ON.Lab/ONF together with China Unicom, Radisys and Cavium, as well as Nokia, Broadcom, ZTE, BII Group, Dadynet Technology and FNII, announced the formation of the China CORD® Industry Alliance to foster further collaboration and community engagement among the open source networking community in China to deliver on the goals of the open source CORD Project.

Mr. Zhang Ximin, president of Network Technology Research Institute of China Unicom (center), and China CORD Industry Alliance participants unite at the Global Network Technology Conference in Beijing
Mr. Zhang Ximin, president of Network Technology Research Institute of China Unicom (center), and China CORD Industry Alliance participants unite at the Global Network Technology Conference in Beijing

Cisco predicts that total internet traffic will reach 2.3 zettabytes by 2020, primarily driven by an increase in new internet users connecting. The majority of these new connections will occur in Asia, where 700 million new users will connect, and 238 million new users in China alone.

In response to this explosion of network traffic, service providers in China are turning to SDN/NFV to overcome network challenges of privacy, regulatory compliance and scalable deployments at a low cost and to transform their network infrastructure into a platform for service delivery.

The open CORD (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter) platform, led by ON.Lab/ONF, addresses these challenges by combining NFV, SDN, and the elasticity of commodity clouds to bring datacenter economics and cloud agility to the Central Office.

“The CORD platform is paving the way towards the future carrier network architecture for agile service delivery at scale without huge CAPEX and OPEX outlays,” said Dr. Tang Xiongyan, CTO of Network Technology Research Institute, China Unicom. “China Unicom has been a long standing partner of ON.Lab/ONF, the shepherds of the transformational CORD and ONOS open source projects. With ON.Lab/ONF’s support, the China CORD Industry Alliance will accelerate building of the required CORD ecosystem in China and allow us to deploy E-CORD and M-CORD into production networks.”

The China CORD Industry Alliance will promote and work to advance the CORD architecture and related enterprise, residential and mobile service solutions in China. China embracing open source positions the country well to accelerate innovation with network operations.

“We expect that the China CORD Industry Alliance will help service providers in China achieve the key value proposition of the CORD platform – decreasing time-to-market of new services, while significantly reducing CAPEX and OPEX,” said Bill Snow, ON.Lab/ONF VP of Engineering, of the new alliance in a keynote at the Global Network Technology Conference in Beijing.

ON.Lab/ONF Vice President of Solutions and Partnerships, Aseem Parikh, will serve as the liaison to the China CORD Industry Alliance. As the ON.Lab/ONF CORD platform champion, he will be working with CORD partners and collaborators and the ON.Lab/ONF engineering team to identify and prioritize use-cases and ensure CORD delivers on important POCs as well as lab and field trials. Aseem will work with the community to define features to prioritize and roadmap deliverables that will suit service provider requirements.

“Through close, ongoing collaboration, the new alliance will help CORD Project move POCs to lab trials, field trials and eventual commercial deployment as quickly as possible. We greatly appreciate Radisys providing system integration, Cavium providing radio technology, Broadcom providing openflow enabled switching silicon and software for brite boxes, and Nokia, ZTE for their additional support and leadership in the Chinese market,” said Aseem Parikh, ON.Lab/ONF Vice President of Solutions and Partnerships.

Built with best-in-class open source platforms including ONOS, Trellis, XOS, Docker and OpenStack, CORD provides a common, open platform for three critical domains of use: residential (R-CORD), enterprise (E-CORD) and mobile (M-CORD). Leveraging merchant silicon and white boxes, CORD is not only intended for servers and switches, but also for access (e.g., GPON, LTE/cellular).

The worldwide datacenter SDN market is expected to reach $12.5 billion by 2020. All those who are interested in realizing this incredible market opportunity are invited to participate in the China CORD Industry Alliance to jointly drive the next phase of SDN innovation in China. If interested in joining, contact Zhou Wei of China Unicom at zhouwei94@chinaunicom.cn, or Aseem Parikh at aseem@onlab.us or visit to opencord.org for more information.


中國聯通夥拍ON.Lab/ONF 成立CORD 中國產業聯盟, 加速網路架構轉型

於上年底十二月份北京舉辦的全球網絡技術大會上 (Global Network Technology Conference), 中國聯通宣佈夥拍 ON.Lab/ONF, Radisys, Cavium 以及 Nokia, Broadcom, ZTE, BII Group, Dadynet Technology, FNII 等業界夥伴組成 CORD (Central Office Re-architected as Data Centre) 中國產業聯盟, 旨在推動開源社群積極參與 CORD項目在中國的發展及應用.

按思科 (Cisco) 預測, 全球互網絡總流量於2020 年將會達至 2.3 ZTB (Zettabytes), 當中增長主要源於新互聯網用戶加入. 而亞太區更是增長的主要動力. 預計在2020 年亞太區將會有約7億新用戶, 其中2.38 億來自中國. 面對龐大流量增長, 中國電訊運營商正尋求採用軟件定義網絡(Software Defined Networking)及網絡功能虛擬化(Network Function Virtualization)  等策略著手革新現有網絡基礎架構. 由ON.Lab/ONF 率先研發的 Open CORD (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter) 開源平台, 通過結合 SDN, NFV 及大型雲端的技術優點,  能協助電訊運營商把傳統電訊機房 (Central Office) 改造為俱高靈活性, 高營運效率, 安全, 及合監管規格的電訊雲端數據中心, 以應對新一代網絡用戶高流量及複雜多變的服務要求.

中國聯通網絡技術研究院首席專家唐雄燕於會上說: “CORD 開源平台展示了未來以數據中心為核心架構的優勢.  透過把機礎架構軟體化, 運營商能彈性按照用戶需求及流量, 靈活調整網絡平台容量, 擺脫過往須預先投放龐大資本支出或營運支出的營運模式.  作為ON.Lab/ONF 的長期夥伴, 中國聯通一直以來致力推動CORD 及 ONOS 等具格新性的開源項目. CORD 產業聯盟的成立能有效推動開源體系架構及周邊環境的發展, 亦能協助促進中國聯通就E-CORD (商業網絡) 及 M-CORD (流動網絡) 等新架構的商用部署“

隨著開源文化在國內備受認同, 中國於網絡營運科技的研發能力亦日趨成熟. 而中國CORD 聯盟在推廣及研發CORD 架構及相關住宅網絡, 商用網絡及無線網絡服務方案中亦將擔當重要角色. ON.Lab / ONF工程副總裁Bill Snow 於會上發言說 “ 我們期望中國CORD產業聯盟能有效實踐 CORD 的核心價值, 包括協助國網絡營運商顯著降低資本支出和運營成本, 以縮短新服務的上市時間”

為促進中國 CORD 聯盟的成功, ON.Lab/ONF將委派方案及夥伴副總裁 Assem Parikh 為聯盟的主要聯絡人, 以確保ON.Lab/ONF 工程團隊, 營運商及業界成員間的緊密合作, 支援有關CORD 平台在實驗室及業務網的測試及綜合營運商的需求制訂 CORD 平台的研發方針及時間表, 從而協助營運商加速CORD 平台的商用部署.  Assem Parikh 表示中國 CORD 聯盟的成立有賴業界的多方面參與, 包括 Radisys 提供系統整合, Cavium 提供無線技術, Broadcom 提供OpenFlow 軟硬體, Nokia, ZTE 提供在中國市場的支援等.

從技術層面上, CORD 平台成功融滙了多個開源項目的優秀技術, 包括 ONOS, Trellis, XOS, Docker 及 Openstack 等軟體, 而硬體上亦採用開方式平台 (Merchant Silicon, White Box).  有別於其他 SDN/NFV 策略, CORD 平台是一套包含軟體及硬體的開源整體化架構, 在同一架構能支援家庭用戶, 商業用戶及流動用戶服務及其相應進接網絡  (e.g. GPON, LTE/Cellular)

根據市場預計, 全球軟件定義網絡 (Software Defined Networking) 市場將於2020 年達到 125 億, 意味著深俱潛力的發展機遇. CORD 聯盟誠邀各業界夥伴加入, 共同開拓中國未來網路的演進. 如果有興趣加入,請聯繫中國聯通周偉 zhouwei94@chinaunicom.cn或Aseem Parikh aseem@onlab.us或訪問opencord.org了解更多信息。


中國聯通與 ON.Lab/ONF 在中國建立 CORD 產業聯盟

全球互連網技術大會在12月8日至9日於北京舉行,ON.Lab/ONF與中國聯通、銳德世(Radisys)、凱為(Cavium)、諾基亞(Nokia)、博通(Broadcom)、中興通訊(ZTE)、天地互連(BII group)、北京大地雲網科技(Dadynet Technology)以及江蘇省未來互連網創新研究院(FNII)宣布成立中國 CORD 產業聯盟,進一步與中國互連網開源社群合作以及社群參與,實現將 CORD 專案開源的目標。

中國互聯網技術研究所所長 Zhang Ximin(中間)與中國 CORD 產業技術聯盟參與者在北京全球互連網技術大會留影。

根據思科(Cisco)預估,2020 年互連網的總流量會達到 2.3 ZB,主要的因素是來自於使用者數量的成長。新增的網路人口大多來自於亞洲,預估將會有約 7 億的新用戶連上互連網,其中約有 2.38 億人是來自中國。

面對如此龐大的成長,中國的互連網供應商將透過 SDN/NFV 技術,克服互連網在隱私、法規以及彈性部屬上的挑戰並降低成本

由 ON.Lab/ONF 所主導的 CORD 專案將透過融滙 NFV、SDN 和商業私有雲多方技術來解決問題,並將局端提升至數據中心規模等級並引入雲端靈活等技術優點

中國聯通網路技術研究院首席工程師唐雄燕指出「CORD開源平台正演示出一條通往未來網路架構的藍圖,於該未來網路架構可在不需大量建置成本 和營運成本的情況下提供大規模的敏捷交付服務。一直以來ON.Lab/ONF 是 ONOS/CORD 開源軟件的先驅,同時中國聯通也與 ON.Lab/ONF 保持長久與穩定的合作夥伴關係,透過 ON.Lab/ONF 的支援,中國 CORD 產業聯盟將盡快打造中國所需的 CORD 產業環境並加速推動 E-CORD/M-CORD 的發展,期盼能儘早於營運網路中部署該環境」

中國 CORD 產業聯盟將持續在中國推動 CORD 相關方案並同時致力於精進 CORD 核心架構和其相關解決方案(如企業解決方案、家庭解決方案與行動網路服務方案),同時隨著中國擁抱開源文化的趨勢,將有助於加速網路研發創新的速度。

在北京全球互連網技術大會上,ON.Lab/ONF 副總裁 Bill Snow 言道「我們期盼中國 CORD 產業聯盟能夠協助中國在地的互聯網供應商實作 CORD 平台的關鍵概念,並降低新服務的準備上線時間,同時減少資本支出和運營成本」

ON.Lab/ONF 專責產品和合作夥伴的副總裁 Aseem Parikh 將擔任 ON.Lab/ONF 與中國 CORD 產業聯盟的聯繫窗口。他將與 CORD 相關夥伴與 ON.Lab/ONF 工程團隊共同訂定研發方向與以及未來藍圖,同時確保 CORD 在實驗室與場域測試概念性驗證的時程表。Aseem 也會和社群夥伴共同合作來制定符合互聯網供應商所需功能的藍圖與時程表

Aseem Parikh 表示「通過與中國 CORD 產業聯盟密切的合作,期望能盡快將 CORD 專案從概念性驗證階段推進到場域測試甚至是商業運營環境,我們非常感謝銳德世(Radisys) 提供系統整合能力、凱為(Cavium) 提供無線相關技術、博通(Broadcom) 提供支援 OpenFlow 的交換機硬件和相關軟件、諾基亞(Nokia) 和 中興(ZTE) 在中國市場的支持。」

CORD 基於 ONOS、Trellis、XOS、Docker、OpenStack 等多項開源軟件基礎,提供一個開放且相容於三個領域的平台:家庭用戶(R-CORD)、企業用戶(E-CORD)與移動領域(M-CORD),同時藉由商用晶片和白盒產品等硬件,CORD 不只用於伺服器和交換機同時也適用於各式各樣的網路環境(GPON,第四代移動通信 LTE/cellular)

屆時2020年,全球數據中心的市場價值估計將達到125億美元的等級,對於任何感興趣的夥伴皆歡迎加入中國 CORD 產業聯盟共同推動中國 SDN 的演進,歡迎聯繫中國聯通周偉(zhouwei@dimpt.com)、Aseem Parikh(aseem@onlab.us)或者連結至 opencord.org 來取得更多信息