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CORD project updates platform to support edge computing

With its latest release, the CORD project moves to become a primary infrastructure to support edge computing. Also, Juniper plans to move OpenContrail to The Linux Foundation.

The Open Networking Foundation this week upgraded the Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter architecture to merge the three primary subscriber packages into one platform.

Formerly available as individual options, the CORD project announced that the 4.1 release combines the residential, mobile and enterprise packages on a common platform to streamline the building process, according to Timon Sloane, vice president of marketing and ecosystem at the Open Networking Foundation, which hosts the CORD project.

Users pick the type of profile they require -- residential, mobile or enterprise -- and the platform takes it from there.

"You click a box and everything else is automated; it just flows right through -- it builds, deploys and boots, and the whole data center comes up and starts running," Sloane said.

The platform also comes with a library of 25 virtual network functions (VNFs) and the needed management and orchestration. A short list includes virtual evolved packet core, virtual subscriber gateway and virtual network as a service. The mobile 5G and residential XGS-PON VNFs -- the latter a new fiber transmission technology -- are some of the more popular ones among subscribers, he said, reflecting the need to support edge computing -- be it the cloud edge or the mobile edge.

"There are a lot of mobile [VNFs] since it's a complicated space," he said. "[There are] a lot of different pieces in connecting subscribers to mobile core and authenticating them all."

CORD 4.1 also supports third-party VNFs, recognizing the need for some services to stay proprietary. As such, Sloane said CORD provides the open infrastructure that supports those proprietary options, a benefit for edge computing and 5G deployments. He attributed part of CORD's momentum to the open source community, stating it can move more quickly than traditional standards bodies.

CORD has also started migrating VNFs that run on servers to a software-defined switch fabric that connects the CORD data center, he said.

"Obviously, infrastructure makes sense running on a server, but for the bulk of individual packets, you want them to flow through the switch fabric," he said, touting the benefits of increased space and traffic speeds and lowered costs.

Sloane said the CORD project will focus on technologies like augmented and virtual reality, the internet of things and autonomous vehicles for its next release.

Juniper plans to move OpenContrail governance to The Linux Foundation

Juniper Networks this week announced it will be sharing its OpenContrail codebase with The Linux Foundation.

In 2013, Juniper open sourced its Contrail products, creating an open source community called OpenContrail. Since then, OpenContrail has been used as a network virtualization platform for cloud environments.

This week's move will bring the network virtualization control plane under The Linux Foundation's governance and development umbrella. The goal is to persuade more cloud providers and operators to consider using OpenContrail to anchor their networks, with hopes to further integrate OpenContrail into cloud ecosystems.

"Over the past year, we have been working closely with the community to transition the governance for OpenContrail's codebase because we believe it has the unique opportunity to be a ubiquitous cloud-grade network fabric used everywhere," said Randy Bias, Juniper's vice president of technology for cloud software, in a company statement.

Masergy updates managed SD-WAN Go

Masergy added support for application performance and security to its SD-WAN Go offering.

The provider said the service -- which uses technology from Fortinet -- now features more sophisticated application routing and automatic path control. For security, Masergy added an embedded firewall and router.

"Managed SD-WAN Go now gives businesses of any size additional enterprise-grade capabilities at a fraction of the cost of comparable solutions," a company statement said. Masergy unveiled SD-WAN Go earlier this year, targeting the service to both small and large enterprises.

Masergy also offers SD-WAN Pro, tailored to enterprises with more complex networks.

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