The network operator is positioning the marketplace for two distinct use cases: turnkey applications and self-service APIs.
Microsoft contributed the open source Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC) to OCP in 2016. It uses the Linux kernel, and it allows cloud operators to share the same software stack across multiple switch vendors’ hardware.
The companies contributed both Minipack and the Arista 7368X4 switch to OCP.
Marvell announced its 400 Gb/s silicon for edge data centers, Netronome unveiled new SmartNICs for hyperscalers, and Stordis launched two bare-metal switches powered by programmable Barefoot Tofino ASICs.
The ability to put core network functions on software so AT&T can control, improve, and upgrade its network remotely is reaping benefits, said CFO John Stephens.
According to the research firm there are new market opportunities for SD-WAN vendors in 5G and IoT.
The service uses Nokia’s Nuage Networks for SD-WAN, Fortinet for virtual security services, Netcracker for VNF management, and Cisco for services orchestration.
The demonstration is using open APIs to connect the entire system to a programmable optical network SDN orchestrator.
The carrier has been finding that some software components are not quite able to meet the “five nines” needs of telecom operators, which has required a bit of extra work to solidify.
A day after VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger touted the operator as one of its top customers, the companies said that VMware is Vodafone’s primary strategic partner for telco cloud infrastructure services.
Operators can build new enterprise services using Cisco’s intent-based networking, CEO Chuck Robbins said. Or the 5G killer app may in fact be Fortnite.
The vendor also remains committed to open source, and believes it will be key to advancing edge computing, Bikash Koley says.
The new platform uses a “micro-orchestration” architecture that manages network services across domains.
AT&T and VMware forged a similar integration of SD-WAN and 5G earlier this week.
Companies want simplicity and security, so “I don’t think building virtual networks on top of the networks we already have is the way to go,” said 128 COO Patrick MeLampy.