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ONOS Mobile CORD (M-CORD) Platform Brings SDN, NFV and Cloud Principles to Mobility -- Significant Progress Toward Realizing 5G Solutions

MENLO PARK, CA--(Marketwired - February 22, 2016) -

News Highlights:

  • M-CORD integrates the open CORD framework into service providers' mobile network architecture to enable an agile service-driven environment that can dynamically respond to real-time subscriber demands
  • CORD (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter) combines SDN, NFV and the elasticity of commodity clouds, leveraging merchant silicon, white boxes, standard leaf-spine fabric for network connectivity and open source platforms such as ONOS, XOS, OpenStack, and Docker to bring datacenter economies and cloud agility to the Telco Central Office
  • M-CORD will demonstrate integration of disaggregated/virtualized Radio Access Network (RAN), disaggregated/virtualized Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and mobile edge services with CORD
  • ONOS Partnership includes leading mobile service providers AT&T, SK Telecom, Verizon, China Unicom, and NTT Communications, all of whom support the M-CORD project to accelerate adoption of open source SDN and NFV solutions and realize the benefits of the cloud
  • Progressive solution providers such as Radisys, Cavium, NEC/Netcracker, Cobham Wireless and AirHop and the ONOS Collaboration will unveil the first M-CORD proof-of-concept (PoC) at the Open Networking Summit (ONS), March 14-16 in Santa Clara, California 

The ONOS Collaboration along with members has launched the Mobile-CORD (M-CORD) project. Built on top of the ONOS open source project and Central Office Rearchitected as a Datacenter (CORD), M-CORD combines data center economies and the cloud agility of CORD infrastructure with the benefits of mobile edge computing and disaggregation and virtualization of mobile infrastructure components.

With the proliferation of a new wave of connected users and devices, service providers are challenged to scale service delivery in an agile and efficient manner with the existing mobile network architecture. The aggregation of data traffic through the mobile core can tax the backhaul, backbone transport, and EPC system. And changing traffic patterns put pressure on capital and operational spending.

M-CORD takes a significant step towards bringing economies of scale and cloud agility to the central office, by integrating SDN, NFV, and cloud principles with the best of mobile architecture. M-CORD enables an open and flexible reference architecture through open source software platforms, merchant silicon, and commodity whiteboxes with standard leaf-spine fabric right at the edge of the mobile network. M-CORD integrates disaggregated/virtualized Radio Access Network (RAN), disaggregated/virtualized Evolved Packet Core (EPC), and mobile edge services with CORD to achieve its stated goals. Thus M-CORD promises to further transform the mobile network from a transport network into a service delivery platform, allowing operators to achieve considerable opportunities for edge services with cloud-based economies and cost-savings. With M-CORD's potential, operators and their collaborators may tap deeper into services such as digital gaming, video streaming, the Internet of Things (IoT), safety, Big Data analytics, mobile health, education, smart cities, vehicular communications, and much more with improved QoE and agility. 

"We're excited about the progress that our collaboration and community have made on M-CORD in such a short amount of time. It's a testament to the importance of this initiative to vendors, service providers and enterprises alike," said Guru Parulkar, Executive Director, ON.Lab and ONOS Board Chairman. "The delivery of M-CORD not only generates new opportunities for competitive mass market solutions such as IoT, Big Data, mobile healthcare, education and more, but also enables the supply chain efficiencies needed for the industry to provide cutting-edge innovation to consumers at affordable prices. We welcome new members to join us."

Executive Statements
The M-CORD project has garnered support from leading service providers, AT&T, SK Telecom, and Verizon in collaboration with solution providers Radisys, Cavium, NEC/NetCracker, Cobham Wireless and AirHop Communications.

"The open source community is driving innovation to bring economies of scale and the agility of the cloud to the mobile edge to meet the real-time demands of our subscribers. The M-CORD project is a great initiative undertaken by this community. It brings together critical industry players from the vendor community with service providers, and we look forward to using the M-CORD platform as we build out our SDN and NFV capabilities in the context of a 5G network."
-Andre Fuetsch, senior vice president, Architecture and Design, AT&T

"The growing momentum for the M-CORD initiative and the ONOS project among service providers and the vendor community is exciting. Through the work of this open community, M-CORD promises to deliver the key components needed for 5G deployment in the near future, enabling economies of scale in the mobile network and the accelerated delivery of new services."
-Alex Jinsung Choi, CTO and executive vice president, Corporate R&D Center, SK Telecom

"We see the possibilities of the M-CORD project as one of the enablers of 5G, IoT and future mobile services. Our collaboration with other service providers and leading solution providers in this effort will contribute toward the industry's ability to deploy scalable, highly-available SDN architectures when and where needed."
-Brian Higgins, vice president, Network Planning, Verizon

Experience M-CORD PoC at the Open Networking Summit (ONS) 2016
The M-CORD vendor community will be converging on the Open Networking Summit, March 14-16 in Santa Clara, California to showcase the first M-CORD proof-of-concept (PoC) demonstration. The PoC highlights how mobile service providers can realize the benefits of CORD -- economies of scale and cloud agility allowing the rapid creation of new and innovative services -- along with the benefits of mobile edge computing, including ultra-low latency. The disaggregation of Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and eNodeB as well as RAN virtualization completes the picture. This PoC is the first step in creating a reference proof-of-design platform that the industry can use as the basis for competitive differentiation with additional applications.

About the ONOS Project
ONOS is the open source SDN networking operating system for Service Provider networks architected for high performance, scale and availability. ONOS' ecosystem comprises ON.Lab and organizations that are funding and contributing to the ONOS initiative as well as non-funding collaborators that contribute code and other resources. Collaborators that are funding and contributing to ONOS include AT&T, NTT Communications, SK Telecom, China Unicom, Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Cisco, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Huawei, Intel, NEC and Verizon. Non-funding members who are collaborating and contributing to ONOS include ONF, Infoblox, SRI, Internet2, Happiest Minds, KISTI, KAIST, Kreonet, NAIM, CNIT, Black Duck, Create-Net, Criterion Networks, ETRI, ADARA Networks, ClearPath Networks, ECI, BUPT FNL, Radisys Corporation, Cavium and the broader ONOS community. Learn how you can get involved with ONOS at onosproject.org.

ONOS is a Collaborative Project at The Linux Foundation. Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects are independently funded software projects that harness the power of collaborative development to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems. www.linuxfoundation.org.

ON.Lab and ONOS Contact
Bill Snow
Vice President of Engineering at ON.Lab
[email protected]

Press Contact
Meredith Solberg
PR Manager at The Linux Foundation
[email protected] 

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