If ever there were a celebrity-driven communications project, the Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter (CORD) project would likely qualify. Already joined by such names as AT&T, China Unicom and Verizon, the project recently got still more star power behind it as Sprint and Deutsche Telekom joined in, adding further muscle and capability behind the ongoing project to turn the central office into more of a data center project using such tools as network functions virtualization (NFV), software defined networking (SDN) and cloud-based systems.
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