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May 19, 2017 by Alan DiCicco

Calix and Radisys shine at Big Communications Event

Last week, Calix and Radisys announced the availability of a deployment ready Residential CORD (R-CORD) solution – an end-to-end comprehensive solution for residential service delivery that stretches from the subscriber to the converged cloud edge. This week, I had the good fortune to spend time with Joseph Sulistyoand the Radisys team at Light Reading’s Big Communications Event (BCE), discussing our joint solution with service providers and hearing firsthand about the opportunities and challenges of network virtualization.

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Together, the two companies are offering the industry’s first R-CORD solution using commercially available systems and software; a great solution from two companies mutually focused on making service providers successful.

It’s easy to drop deep into the rearchitected central office, becoming mesmerized by the disaggregated software and systems. It is all quite wonderful to behold, but also easy to miss the big idea. While R-CORD provides a specific solution for a high-density central office, the vision of software enabled agility and data center efficiencies is part of the larger Software Defined Access (SDA) architecture. Two examples came up repeatedly at BCE.

  • Sitting near the R-CORD POD with integrated AXOS E9-2 was the AXOS E3-2 Intelligent PON Node. It wasn’t lost on visitors that they could swap out the rack-mounted E9-2 for the remote pole-mounted E3-2 and the whole disaggregated solution would function the same. Hardware is application specific, yet completely decoupled from the AXOS and CORD software that make it all work as a solution.
  • Many operators saw the R-CORD demo and expressed that they want to achieve the goals of CORD, but have in place other business and operations systems that they want to preserve. It became a conversation around identifying the components of a software-first strategy that provided benefit to the individual operator. SDA is not an all-or-nothing architecture and has benefits for all operators… MSO and telco alike.

In the coming weeks, we will focus further on that second point, discussing the idea that optimized automation is the end goal of a software defined network.

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