Robert Reid, Panduit and John Shuman, Prysmian
In the midst of growth in edge computing driven by hyperscale entities, an important and emergent technology, CORD (Central Office Rearchitected as a Data Center) is being rapidly deployed by a majority of global carriers in support of their edge initiatives. In a CORD deployment, service providers reconfigure their existing municipal Central Office (CO) facilities into a low-latency edge computing ‘cloudlets’ and Colocation MTDC’s.
CORD initiatives strive to replace today’s purpose-built hardware with more agile software-based elements and in doing so, ensure that legacy carrier COs become an integral part of a larger cloud strategy, enabling resilient low latency network services to customers.
This talk will focus on the following areas:
• What is CORD? Why CORD?
• Explanation of the business/customer value proposition of CORD
• Applications that benefit from CORD builds (5G, FTTx....)
• Ongoing builds/carrier ecosystem
• Technologies supporting CORD builds (optoelectronics, power distribution, fiber....)
• Reference architecture of a typical implementation
• Physical differences in CORD infrastructure vs traditional Data Centers