Cavium unveils M-CORD NFV/5G on ARM with leaf and spine SDN fabric

September 12, 2017 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Cavium, Inc., has announced a fully integrated CORD (Central Office Re-architected as Data center) SDN/NFV platform software stack on its ThunderX® ARM®-based data center COTS server architecture including a full leaf and spine SDN fabric on its XPliant® programmable SDN switches.

This M-CORD SDN/NFV software platform scaling across multiple data center racks is fully integrated with virtualized and disaggregated mobile infrastructure elements from the edge of the Radio Access Network (RAN) to distributed mobile core, and ONOS SDN and XOS orchestration software. It enables a virtually turn-key operation in a central office or edge data center for testing out NFV, 5G and C-RAN new technology concepts like intelligent front-haul and network slicing.

The platform is a complete Cavium powered SDN/NFV/C-RAN end to end system combining the OCTEON Fusion-M baseband radio head processors with the ThunderX ARM-based COTS servers and the award winning programmable XPliant Ethernet leaf and spine SDN switches. In keeping with industry trends the front-haul options follow the emerging 3GPP next generation standards.

China Unicom and Cavium have been collaborating on M-CORD and C-RAN projects, utilizing this integrated platform. The addition of Edge Services and full leaf and spine support further enhances the value proposition and eases 5G deployment.