CORD Build Events Wrap Up

As 2018 is underway and the ONF begins to craft its community events strategy, it’s a good time to reflect on two particularly important community events that we organized in 2017.

ONOS Build 2017 and CORD Build 2017 were our two largest community events to date, that each brought our ONOS and CORD community members together under one roof, respectively.


The goals we set ourselves for these events were the following:


  • Engage with and consolidate relationship with communities around the world
  • Deepen people’s existing knowledge of ONOS/CORD and introduce them to new projects and initiatives
  • Align teams to reinforce efforts across the community and avoid duplication of efforts
  • Connect local companies interested in hiring talented developers
  • Strengthen ties with universities and prepare students for the future
  • Make the conference a forcing function for the ONF to deliver and share a roadmap and vision


Both events turned out to be very successful, with great turnout, excellent participation from attendees and enthusiastic support from our sponsors. By and large, we feel we accomplished what we had set out to do and we were also heartened to see very positive and constructive feedback in the post-event surveys we ran shortly after. Last but not least, we garnered great ideas and suggestions on how we can make improvements for future Build events.


Event Highlights:


TST Panels:


The ONOS and CORD Technical Steering Teams both participated in panel discussion to answer questions from the audience, share their thoughts on their project roadmap and reflect on key challenges and opportunities in 2018.


SDN/NFV Tech Fairs:


Tech Fairs offered contributors a unique opportunity to showcase and demo bleeding edge technology and exciting new projects. Specially equipped booths were provided to participating organisations.


Brigade Showcases:


Team members from dozens of Brigades presented their work and roadmaps, testimony to the success of the Brigade experiment we embarked on last year.


Tutorials and Hands-on Sessions:


The “ONOS Basics” sessions at ONOS Build and the “Trellis Track” proved to be particularly popular with attendees, offering unique hands-on tutorials and a deep dives “under the hood”.


Excellent content was produced in the run-up and during both events. We tried to capture as much content as we could on video and make available all the slides used by our speakers. You can find them here:


ONOS Build 2017 YouTube Playlist


ONOS Build 2017 Speaker Slides


ONOS Build 2017 Photos


CORD Build 2017 YouTube Playlist (coming soon…)


CORD Build 2017 Speaker Slides


CORD Build 2017 Photos


Finally, we’d like to thank everyone once again who attended and participated and a special thanks to our many sponsors, most notable Samsung and QCT for being such excellent hosts in Seoul and San José. Thank you!


China CORD® Industry Alliance Summit Highlights


With 1.3 billion citizens, China has the world’s largest fixed-line and mobile network in terms of both network capacity and number of subscribers. This means even small POCs or trials in-country put open networking software to the ultimate scale and stress test.  

In these endeavors, China’s largest operators are increasingly benefiting from open source and commodity hardware to handle the surfeit of customers hungry for new mobile and digital services.  

The recent China CORD® Industry Alliance Summit honed in on the CORD platform and united the growing community of vendors, system integrators, telecom service providers and researchers backing the Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter project. A sincere thank you to China Unicom for hosting our first Summit.

“Our first China CORD Industry Alliance Summit shows strong interest in using open source and SDN, NFV, and elastic cloud services to transform the edge of operator networks,” said Guru Parulkar, executive director of ONF, ON.Lab and Stanford Platform Lab. “China’s budding open source engagement and leadership is fueling new growth and opportunity for CORD. We believe the event inspired even more Chinese companies to explore and incorporate open source technologies to deliver rapid development, increased agility and cost savings.”

Many of the members participating in the China CORD Alliance, which fosters collaboration and community engagement among the open source networking community in China, attended the Summit. Announced in late 2016, ON.Lab/ONF formed the China CORD Alliance with China Unicom, Radisys, Cavium, Nokia, Broadcom, ZTE, BII Group, Dadynet Technology and FNII to create a united group focused on ensuring CORD’s success and sustainability. Bai Cells, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications and Delta Electronics are the newest companies to join the Alliance, which is now 20 members strong.

Dr. Gang He, China Unicom chief engineer, opened the event with an overview of the challenges central offices face today and the potential for a datacenter-centric network that leverages SDN/NFV. His talk, “CORD and White Box Practice at China Unicom,” introduced the CORD vision, architecture, and reference implementation with applications fine-tuned for residential, mobile and enterprise subscribers.

CORD project is a prime example of the powerful and positive impact of the Open Innovation Pipeline, which was recently announced with the merger of ON.Lab and ONF. The Open Innovation Pipeline strategy provides a broadly applicable framework built on turn-key open source building blocks to deliver complete solutions for network operators.

“With the Open Innovation Pipeline, we are bringing together the industry in a unifying effort to advance open source networking solutions” said Parulkar.

CORD integrates a curated collection of open source projects, including OpenStack, Docker and ONOS®, and leverages DevOps application development models to create an open, programmable, agile platform for network operators. The project’s goal is to move residential CORD (R-CORD), which includes services that leverage wireline access technologies like GPON, G.Fast, 10GPON, and DOCSIS, into production before the end of 2017 and accelerate development of lab and field trials for M-CORD, the open reference implementation for 5G.

“While we were in Beijing, we met with several operators and vendors on the sidelines of this summit,” said Aseem Parikh, Vice President of Solutions and Partnerships at ONF/ON.Lab. “China Unicom and China Mobile, in particular expressed very strong interest in adopting CORD for agile service delivery to their mobile subscribers and enterprise customers. Both are conducting CORD lab trials this summer with support from ONF.”

Key ONF Partners and CORD collaborators like Nokia, Intel and Radisys, a systems integrator experiencing rapid growth with telco/cloud deployments, discussed the benefits of open source building blocks integrated with OCP hardware. M-CORD represents the best of CORD, including its programmability, virtualization and cloud model, with innovation in mobility to capitalize on the coming wave of 5G, gaming, streaming, IoT, big data analytics, and smart city applications and services. R-CORD talks focused on telco POCs and field trials designed to virtualize functions in their last mile network and advance services to wireline communities.

Chinese operators, SIs, researchers and vendors aren’t the only ones taking note of CORD. In the United States, the fast-growing project recently won the Black Duck Software Rookie of the Year award. To learn more about CORD’s origins, how it has attracted a team so quickly, its community philosophy and what makes it unique, read this recent blog from Larry Peterson, chief technology officer at ON.Lab and ONF, and CORD Project chief architect.

Be sure to also join us for CORD Build, our first developer conference for the project to be held Nov. 7-9 in the Bay Area.


中国 CORD® 产业高峰会精采回顾

拥有 13 亿人口的中国在网络容量和用户数量方面拥有世界上最大的固定线路和移动网络。这意味着即使是在国内的小型概念验证或场域测试都会将开放式网络软件置于大型的测试规模以及高强度的压力测试环境之中。


在最近一次中国 CORD® 产业高峰会中,来自各地的供应商、系统整合厂商、电信服务商以及研究人员联合起来支援 CORD® 项目。我们衷心感谢中国联通负责主办中国第一次高峰会。

开放网路实验室和史坦福平台实验室执行总监Guru Parulkar 表示:「第一届中国CORD产业联盟高峰会展示了透过开源软件、软件定义网路、网路虚拟化和具有弹性的云服务,可以大幅提升运营商网络的优势」

开源的合作与领导模式正在中国萌芽,并让 CORD 在此孕育出新的成长机会。我们相信这次的活动激励了更多中国企业一同探索与整合开源技术,透过开源技术来加速企业发展,提高敏捷性同时也节省成本。

许多中国 CORD 联盟出身,且促成开源网络社群合作的成员也出席了这次的高峰会。

2016 年底,ON.Lab/ONF 与中国联通、Radisys、Cavium、诺基亚、博通、中兴、BII集团、Dadynet Technology 以及 FNII 共同组建了中国CORD联盟,致力于确保 CORD 的成功与持续性。 Bai Cells、北京邮电大学和台达电子则是联盟20个成员里的新成员。

中国联通总监 赫罡博士介绍了现今电信交换机房所面临的困难与挑战,以及利用软件定义网路、网路虚拟化并以数据中心架构作为电信网络基础的潜力。

CORD 专案是最近一同与 ON.Lab 和 ONF 合并消息公布的开放式创新规划(Open Innovation Pipeline)其强大和具有影响力的最佳例证。

Guru Parulkar 表示:「透过开放式创新规划,我们将聚集整个产业的能量,共同推动开源网络解决方案。」

CORD 整合了一系列开源专案,包括 OpenStack、Docker 和 ONOS®,并利用 DevOps 的应用开发模型为网络运营商建立一个开放、可编程且敏捷的平台。

目前这个项目的目标是希望在2017年底前,将R-CORD(其中包括利用有线接入技术,如GPON,G.Fast,10G-PON 和DOCSIS 的服务)投入商用环境,并同时加速M-CORD (5G 的实作方案之一)在实验环境和实际场域的开发速度。

ON.lab 解决方案和生态建设副总裁Aseem Parikh 说:「我们在这次北京峰会之余会见了几家运营商和供应商。中国联通和中国移动表示非常有兴趣将CORD 置入于提供给移动用户和企业客户的环境之中以提供更快速便捷的服务。这两家企业将于今年夏天,在ONF 的支援下进行CORD 实验室内部测试。」

主要的ONF合作伙伴和CORD合作对象,如诺基亚、英特尔和Radisys,透过电信/云端部署快速整合系统,同时也展示了与开放运算计画(Open Compute Project)中硬件整合与开源构建模组的优势。

M-CORD 是目前CORD 最佳的应用案例,透过其可编程性、虚拟化和云端架构等特性创新了行动网路的性质,以面对将来的5G、游戏、串流媒体、物连网、大数据分析以及智能城市应用和服务等艰巨的挑战。

R-CORD 着重的重点在于电信商的概念验证和如何虚拟化场域测试中最后一哩的网路功能并为用户提供更优质的服务。

中国运营商、系统整合商、研究人员和网路供应商不是唯一注意 CORD 的用户。在美国,CORD 项目因快速增长而赢得了 2016 年年度最佳新秀黑鸭奖(Black Duck Software Rookie of the Year award)。

想了解更多有关CORD的背景、为何能够快速吸引大家注意、社群理念以及其独特之处,请阅读ON.Lab/ONF 首席技术长,CORD项目首席架构师Larry Peterson 最近的部落格(https: //。

此外,我们将于 2017年11月7日至9日于湾区举办第一届 CORD Build 开发者大会,请务必前来参与。


中國 CORD® 產業高峰會精采回顧

擁有 13 億人口的中國在網絡容量和用戶數量方面擁有世界上最大的固定線路和移動網絡。這意味著即使是在國內的小型概念驗證或場域測試都會將開放式網絡軟件置於大型的測試規模以及高強度的壓力測試環境之中。


在最近一次中國 CORD® 產業高峰會中,來自各地的供應商、系統整合廠商、電信服務商以及研究人員聯合起來支援 CORD® 項目。我們衷心感謝中國聯通負責主辦中國第一次高峰會。

開放網路實驗室和史坦福平台實驗室執行總監 Guru Parulkar 表示:「第一屆中國CORD產業聯盟高峰會展示了透過開源軟件、軟件定義網路、網路虛擬化和具有彈性的雲服務,可以大幅提升運營商網絡的優勢」

開源的合作與領導模式正在中國萌芽,並讓 CORD 在此孕育出新的成長機會。我們相信這次的活動激勵了更多中國企業一同探索與整合開源技術,透過開源技術來加速企業發展,提高敏捷性同時也節省成本。

許多中國 CORD 聯盟出身,且促成開源網絡社群合作的成員也出席了這次的高峰會。

2016 年底,ON.Lab/ONF 與中國聯通、Radisys、Cavium、諾基亞、博通、中興、BII集團、Dadynet Technology 以及 FNII 共同組建了中國CORD聯盟,致力於確保 CORD 的成功與持續性。Bai Cells、北京郵電大學和台達電子則是聯盟20個成員裡的新成員。

中國聯通總監 赫罡博士介紹了現今電信交換機房所面臨的困難與挑戰,以及利用軟件定義網路、網路虛擬化並以數據中心架構作為電信網絡基礎的潛力。

CORD 專案是最近一同與 ON.Lab 和 ONF 合併消息公布的開放式創新規劃(Open Innovation Pipeline)其強大和具有影響力的最佳例證。

Guru Parulkar 表示:「透過開放式創新規劃,我們將聚集整個產業的能量,共同推動開源網絡解決方案。」

CORD 整合了一系列開源專案,包括 OpenStack、Docker 和 ONOS®,並利用 DevOps 的應用開發模型為網絡運營商建立一個開放、可編程且敏捷的平台。

目前這個項目的目標是希望在2017年底前,將 R-CORD(其中包括利用有線接入技術,如 GPON,G.Fast,10G-PON 和 DOCSIS 的服務)投入商用環境,並同時加速 M-CORD(5G 的實作方案之一)在實驗環境和實際場域的開發速度。

ON.lab 解决方案和生態建設副總裁 Aseem Parikh 說:「我們在這次北京峰會之餘會見了幾家運營商和供應商。中國聯通和中國移動表示非常有興趣將 CORD 置入於提供給移動用戶和企業客戶的環境之中以提供更快速便捷的服務。這兩家企業將於今年夏天,在 ONF 的支援下進行 CORD 實驗室內部測試。」

主要的ONF合作夥伴和CORD合作對象,如諾基亞、英特爾和 Radisys,透過電信/雲端部署快速整合系統,同時也展示了與開放運算計畫(Open Compute Project)中硬件整合與開源構建模組的優勢。

M-CORD 是目前 CORD 最佳的應用案例,透過其可編程性、虛擬化和雲端架構等特性創新了行動網路的性質,以面對將來的5G、遊戲、串流媒體、物連網、大數據分析以及智能城市應用和服務等艱鉅的挑戰。

R-CORD 著重的重點在於電信商的概念驗證和如何虛擬化場域測試中最後一哩的網路功能並為用戶提供更優質的服務。

中國運營商、系統整合商、研究人員和網路供應商不是唯一注意 CORD 的用戶。在美國,CORD 項目因快速增長而贏得了 2016 年年度最佳新秀黑鴨獎(Black Duck Software Rookie of the Year award)。

想暸解更多有關CORD的背景、為何能夠快速吸引大家注意、社群理念以及其獨特之處,請閱讀 ON.Lab/ONF 首席技術長,CORD項目首席架構師 Larry Peterson 最近的部落格(。

此外,我們將於 2017年11月7日至9日於灣區舉辦第一屆 CORD Build 開發者大會,請務必前來參與。

Guru Parulkar Guest Post in Network Computing: Accelerating SDN Deployment

guruGuest Post by Guru Parulkar in Network Computing

Accelerating SDN Deployment.

The ONF’s Open Innovation Pipeline aims to build integrated solutions to speed SDN adoption.

If you want to transform something, truly change the way it’s done, you first have to break it down. The network infrastructure industry has been undergoing a major transformation and not surprisingly this has involved breaking open the network into parts, which has clear cost and agility benefits. By disaggregating networking devices and separating control from data, software-defined networking (SDN) lets operators run open-source networking software on commodity hardware to take advantage of the open networking movement that has sprung up across the industry.

Click here to read the full guest post by Guru Parulkar in Network Computing.

ONF Demonstrates CORD-Powered Open Innovation Pipeline Solutions at ONS

Maintaining rapid project growth, CORD Project welcomes new collaborators Deutsche Telekom, Sprint, Ixia and Xpose


SANTA CLARA, Calif. April 3, 2017 – CORD Project, the community advancing the leading open source service delivery platform that combines SDN, NFV, and elastic cloud services to transform the edge of operator networks, today announces continued project momentum with new collaborators Deutsche Telekom, Sprint, Ixia and Xpose, and a significant presence planned for Open Networking Summit in support of the theme “The Power of Understanding CORD®.”

CORD (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter) is a platform combining leading SDN, NFV and Cloud technologies to build nimble in-line datacenters at the edge of operator networks. CORD integrates a curated collection of dozens of leading open source projects, thus making available a fully-integrated platform for building innovative solutions for network operators. Designed to leverage the best of modern DevOps application development methodologies, CORD delivers an open, programmable, agile platform for service creation.

CORD contributors will join the broader ONF community in convening at the Santa Clara Convention Center this week for ONS, the industry’s largest and most inclusive open networking and orchestration event hosted by The Linux Foundation. ONF will showcase the new Open Innovation Pipeline and the capabilities of CORD Solutions in ONOS and CORD mini summits and interactive demonstrations, including Residential (R-CORD), 5G Mobile (M-CORD) and Enterprise VPN (E-CORD).

“Over the last year, CORD has continued to evolve at record speed,” said Guru Parulkar, executive director of ONF, ON.Lab and Stanford Platform Lab. “Much of the success of CORD has been driven by the various pre-integrated releases based on CORD to deliver solutions for various operator use cases. We’re excited to gather with the equally fast-growing CORD community at ONS to celebrate recent developments and collaborate on future innovation.”

CORD Open Source Components

At its core, CORD is a curated integration of numerous open source projects, thus creating a platform for innovation. CORD incorporates a broad range of leading edge upstream open source components to build a next-generation cloud-native datacenter. The complete range of IT functionality is provided, including compute, storage and networking.  CORD creates an integrated whole with the addition of specialized SDN and NFV capabilities to enable service creation (with the XOS project). More details on specific project integrations can be found here.

CORD as a Platform for Building Solutions

One of the benefits of CORD is the pre-integrated solutions that result from combining numerous open source elements into solutions. OpenStack, for example, is used as an optional component for larger CORD deployments where full IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-Service) capabilities are needed. To address the shortcomings of OpenStack for specific applications, CORD integrates ONOS software for networking along with other customizations to ensure the sum of the parts functions as a unified whole. Users can download the free open source distribution and bring up a CORD POD with little-to-no understanding of the internals and intricacies the underlying components.

The ONS CORD Demonstrations:

  • “Central Office in a Day” will showcase how a complete CORD-based carrier Central Office (CO) can be constructed from the ground up to start offering services within a few short hours, a feat that would typically take months using legacy technologies. This demonstration highlights the operational efficiencies that result from the intelligent integration of SDN, NFV and Cloud technologies, and the fundamental power of the CORD platform.
  • “Rapid Service Enablement” will exhibit the ease of crafting new services and the power of the micro-service architecture enabled as part of CORD’s use of the XOS project (XaaS Operating System).
  • “M-CORD: Open Reference Implementation to Enable 5G” will present the first end-to-end open reference solution for mobile CORD (M-CORD) that provides the capabilities needed to unlock 5G innovation across the open networking ecosystem.
  • E-CORD: SD-WAN Done Right” will show zero touch provisioning of enterprise WAN networks, with built-in analytics and strong SLAs.

More About the New CORD Collaborators:

Sprint Corporation: Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most.

“CORD combines the best of SDN, NFV and Cloud technologies, creating an integrated platform that enables agile deployment of innovative cloud-scale services,” said Dr. Ron Marquardt, Vice President of Technology at Sprint. “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.”

Deutsche Telekom: Leading European service provider DT is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with more than 165 million mobile customers, 28.5 million fixed-network lines, and 18.5 million broadband lines.

Ixia: Ixia provides testing, visibility, and security solutions, strengthening applications across physical and virtual networks for enterprises, service providers, and network equipment manufacturers. Ixia offers companies trusted environments in which to develop, deploy and operate, while ensuring protection of their networks to make applications stronger.

Xpose, Inc.: Xpose is a live video streaming, services and analytics company with a flagship platform and social companion app leveraging patented Shake & Stream™ technology, optimized for personal and public safety uses. Xpose is collaborating with major telecom infrastructure providers along with security and safety industry leaders to bring the highest performance solution and the best end user experience to the marketplace.

So significant is the early success of the project, IHS reports 70% of operators plan to deploy CORD in their central offices. The diverse and rapidly CORD community comprises service provider partners AT&T, China Unicom, Google, NTT Communications, SK Telecom, and Verizon, leading vendors Ciena, Cisco, Fujitsu, Intel, NEC, Nokia, Radisys and Samsung, and more than 30 collaborating organizations.

Whether an individual or an organization, all are encouraged to get involved with the growing open source CORD community. CORD is an ONF/ON.Lab open source project and part of Linux Foundation’s project portfolio.

Additional Resources

About ON.Lab
Open Networking Lab (ON.Lab) has created the leading open source platforms CORD® (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter) and ONOS® (Open Network Operating System (ONOS) for service providers. Founded by SDN’s inventors and leaders to foster an open source community to realize the full potential of SDN, ON.Lab brings innovative ideas from leading edge research and delivers high-quality open source platforms on which members of its ecosystem can build solutions. For further information, visit

About ONF

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF), the recognized leader and standard bearer for SDN.  Launched in 2011, the ONF has successfully taken Software Defined Networking (SDN) from obscurity to the universally accepted vision for next generation networking.

The ONF is led by a board including representation from leading operators including AT&T, Google, NTT Communications, SK Telecom and Verizon. The merger of ONF and ON.Lab is expected to be complete in late 2017. For further information visit


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Timon Sloane

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FierceWireless: Google lending SDN expertise to Airtel, SK Telecom

It’s not all that surprising that Google is offering to help telecom operators develop a better platform for offering network services–but it’s notable that more operators are embracing what Google’s offering.

Google announced this week that it’s partnering with mobile network operators Bharti Airtel of India and SK Telecom of South Korea, building a platform for operators to run their network services. It makes sense, given that operators around the world are moving to SDN and NFV, the very principles on which Google built its massive infrastructure.

Click here to read the full story by Monica Alleven in

Light Reading: Tibit Wins $13.8M for CORD Play

Repost from Light Reading

Tibit Wins $13.8M for CORD Play

Startup vendor Tibit Communications announced a $13.8 million Series A funding round today, while also picking up a key partnership endorsement from leading European cable operator Liberty Global. The news proves how ripe the access network industry is for disruption, and potentially how much of an impact one small startup company can have.

Tibit Communications makes MicroPlug products that offer an option for virtualizing traditional optical line terminal (OLT) and optical network terminal (ONT) hardware. As part of the trend toward creating a Central Office Re-architected as a Data Center (CORD), Tibit is working to shift as many of the traditional functions in a passive optical network (PON) terminal into software (i.e. network functions virtualization), while condensing the PON MAC and PHY into as small a form factor as possible for service providers to deliver fiber-to-the-home services.

With this approach, operators can house just an Ethernet switch and the MicroPlug module at the edge of the network, cutting down on space requirements and driving the central office toward a future that is more about standard off-the-shelf hardware rather than expensive proprietary gear.

Equally interesting, Tibit isn’t only targeting traditional telecom providers with its MicroPlug solutions. While a telco would connect the MicroPlug OLT at a central office location, a cable company could also plug the module into a high-density headend, or into an Ethernet switch at a cable node site. And that’s where the Liberty Global endorsement comes into play. Tibit previously submitted its MicroOLT solution with AT&T to the Open Compute Project , but Liberty Global now offers greater validation for the technology in the cable industry.

Of note, Tibit also co-wrote a paper on remote PON solutions with Time Warner Cable, Comcast and Cisco which was presented at the 2015 Internet and Television Expo (INTX) show.

Tibit isn’t the only company to make a PON module for the cable industry. Nokia, for example, introduced its EPON module as part of its distributed access architecture solution at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo last fall. (See Nokia Debuts Virtualized Cable Access Platform.)

However, Tibit CTO Ed Boyd claims his company’s differentiator is its product’s small size and low power requirements.

“It’s the size of a pack of gum, and it’s under three watts,” says Boyd.

Tibit also offers software with the MicroPlug hardware that it says can connect with “industry leading Software Defined Networking (SDN) orchestrators.”

There’s no official word yet about Tibit’s new investment partners deploying Tibit’s MicroPlug products, but it’s a fair bet that trials are in the works. Boyd notes that, “The investors for Tibit are all strategic investors. They’re either operators or system vendors that would use our product.”

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— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading

Virtualization Review: Cisco Exec Touts NFV, SDN in New Year’s Predictions

Reposted from a Virtualization Review story published 01/03/2017

By David Ramel

Although old-guard networking company Cisco Systems Inc. was slow to embrace new-age disruptions such as network functions virtualization (NFW) and software-defined networking (SDN), it’s fully invested now and a company exec predicts big things for the upstart technologies in the year ahead.

Exec Jeff Reed penned a list of 10 factors contributing to a major technology shift in 2017, with NFV and SDN figuring prominently in the top five.

Coming in at No. 2 in Reed’s list is the prediction that “NFV comes to the enterprise.”

“Virtualization is hot right now — and with good cause,” Reed said in his post. “We’re going to see Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) spread from service providers to the enterprise — beginning in the branch. It will allow those leading-edge network teams with a multitude of branches to more easily provision, chain and scale branch network services.”

Reed’s prediction is bolstered by industry heavyweights such as AT&T — which in July launched a Network Functions on Demand service — and Verizon, which soon followed up with its competing counterpart, Virtual Network Services.

Meanwhile, technology giants such as Google are hopping on the NFV/SDN bandwagon, with the company announcing in July that it was joining the CORD (Central Office Re-architected as a Data Center) project, formed by Open Networking Lab (ON.Lab) and The Linux Foundation, who are building out the fledgling CORD initiative — conceived to bring “datacenter economics and cloud flexibility to the telco central office and to the entire access network” — into a separate open source project with independent governance, partners, collaborators and contributors.

To compete with the big boys, smaller companies such NEC and Juniper announced NFV partnerships. And on the open source front, the OPNFV Project for Network Functions Virtualization was last year deemed “lab ready” in its second release.

Announcements such as these, along with many others, support Reed’s prediction of an emerging enterprise role for NFV in the year ahead.

Networking Trends
Networking Trends (source: Cisco Systems).
NFV’s close cousin, SDN, ranks at No. 4 on Reed’s list, which predicts SDN will move beyond the datacenter.

“The seeds of software-defined networking (SDN) are already taking root in the data center and now the WAN,” Reed said. “Expect the SDN seeds to start sprouting in campus fabrics for both wired and wireless environments. The vision of end-to-end programmability and automation across all network domains will start becoming a reality in 2017.”

That prediction is supported by a recent survey from Pluribus Networks. “When it comes to the technologies that IT professionals think will most impact their company over the next three years, public clouds and private clouds (software-defined infrastructure) are the clear leaders (each 43 percent),” Pluribus said in November while announcing the study.

“When looking at the top nine new technologies in the IT space (server virtualization, cloud services, containers, software-defined networking, mobile/tablet computing, converged infrastructure, virtual desktop infrastructure, and Big Data and Hadoop), in practically every one, more than 50 percent of IT professionals said that they are either deploying the new technology or actively researching it,” Pluribus said. “This means the majority of organizations are considering, piloting or deploying a wide range of the newest IT technologies.”

Other empirical evidence supporting the growing role of SDN and software-defined datacenters (SDDC) came from studies published by companies both big — Dell — and small — Talari Networks.

“Eighty-eight percent of [IT decision makers] and 80 percent of [business decision makers] say their organization is considering adopting a software-defined datacenter (SDDC), is in the process of transitioning, or has already completed the transition to one,” Dell said.

Focusing on software-defined WAN implementations, Talari said, “More and more, we are seeing SD-WAN getting placed in the same budget as the MPLS, WAN OP and Router Replacement budgets. And with nearly 75 percent of the respondents saying they would be willing to replace their MPLS for SD-WAN, IT is starting to make the necessary budget adjustments to acquire this critical technology.”

The foundational tenets of NFV and SDN also come into play in some of Reed’s other predictions, specifically dealing with network programmability. The full list of Reed’s predictions, as outlined in the infographic above, include:

  • WAN Redesign
  • NFV Comes to the Enterprise
  • IoT in the Carpeted World
  • SDN Moves Beyond the Data Center
  • Network Assurance Grows Up, Moves into the Cloud
  • Location-based Services Goes from Niche to Mainstream
  • Voice over Wi-Fi at Scale
  • Network ‘Admin’ to Network ‘Programmer’
  • Programming Moves from Device to Controller
  • Low Power Wireless Access Takes Off

About the Author

David Ramel is an editor and writer for 1105 Media.


SDxCentral: Radisys Propels 5G, Contributes Virtual EPC to Open Source Group

Radisys contributed its evolved packet core (EPC) framework to the open source CORD project to create a virtual EPC (vEPC).

Radisys, which is a systems integrator in the service provider space, contributed its EPC specifically for the Mobile Central Office Re-architected as a Data Center (M-CORD), which is one part of the bigger CORD projects. M-CORD aims to pave the way for 5G through disaggregated vEPC, a programmable radio access network (RAN), mobile edge computing, and mobile network slicing.

“Most solutions up until now were tightly integrated with proprietary systems,” says Joseph Sulistyo, the senior director of open source networking at Radisys.

The company is known for its EPC through its Trillium product line.

Radisys’ contribution to M-CORD will allow the community to explore and demonstrate innovative architectures that can take advantage of the modularity of the EPC.

Click here to read the full story by Linda Hardesty in SDxCentral.