As more bandwidth-heavy and low latency dependent technologies become commonplace, CORD deployments need to be equipped to provide the necessary space and services required to handle these technologies in an efficient and effective manner. CORD is an acronym for Central Offices Re-architected as Data Centers. CORD was introduced by the Open Network Foundation (ONF) in 2017 with a mission of providing Telco Operators a foundation of understanding and supporting emerging technologies in the Central Office network. In addition, it sought to bring data center economies of scale and cloud agility to the Central Office. The network architecture being supported by CORD is a spine-leaf design utilizing enterprise data center compute and network equipment, both of which are foreign to most traditional Telco Operators.
Panduit and Prysmian Group have collaborated to discuss CORD and how to effectively deploy physical infrastructure. Both companies bring expertise in the enterprise, data center, and Telco marketplace to contribute to the development of the CORD initiative. This paper will review the development of CORD through ONF and the drivers that allow new technologies such as 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), etc. to move forward.
This is the first paper of a three-paper series on CORD. Later papers will discuss the physical infrastructure products that are required to have a successful CORD solution, as well as how to efficiently install and utilize these products.