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In 2016, looked very promising.
Thousands worked at developing and deploying.
It wasn't enough. 
Most carriers are investing
in fiber or 5G instead.


Dark Blue: Firm commitments from incumbent: BT (10M), Belgacom, Australian NBN, Swisscom,  Austria, Bezeq Israel, Chunghwa Taiwan, Telus Canada, Telekom South Africa, SK Korea, (U.S.) AT&T, Century, Frontier, Windstream, Belgium, Omantel

Mid Blue: Smaller carriers in Germany, Norway, Finland, Japan

Light Blue: Incumbent likely:  France, Germany, Italy

pnos 320Telcos are shy about telling the public but some are moving from "trials" to deployment. British Telecom told analysts they are about to finish their 25,000 "trial" and move forward with deploying 10M lines of Calix has a half-dozen customers in "deployment." Geoff Burke wanted to tell me more, but his customers aren't ready. Windstream is their first announced customer and has ordered gigabit class bonded equipment. Calix sells to all the U.S. companies. They recently had a proud moment when Verizon chose their 40 gigabit NG-PON2 over Nokia Alcatel. They lead the market in the 4,000 or so small U.S. telcos. Working with Ericsson, they also sell around the world. They were considered by Australia's National Broadband Network a while back. Geoff wouldn't even give me a hint off the record which companies he was discussing. 

Calix believes their SDN platform AXOS  is helping them win accounts.

This from their financial call is now superseded: "I am pleased to report that our growth in AXOS is accelerating and our AXOS platform is now deployed in over 50 service providers." As I was about to post this article, a release from Calix said they were over 100 users. (Below.) While AXOS is proprietary, Calix is contributing to ONOS, the open source SDN controller.  ONOS is now a project of the Linux Foundation, spearheaded by a large team of AT&T engineers. But even a $200B telco is strained to come up with the resources to develop a complete SDN system.  

Adtran's Tom Stanton, also bringing a proprietary SDN to market, believes most telcos are following AT&T and moving their SDN/NFV efforts to ONOS and CORD or something very similar. It's easy for me to project that most SDN software will migrate to the Open Source standard and YANG/Netconf. ONOS and CORD are designed to work with others, with well-defined "Northbound" and "Southbound" interfaces. The interconnected software, ranging from device drivers to massive systems, can remain proprietary so companies can protect their "secret sauce." 

Bill Bittancourt is also enthusiastic about Calix's work on over coax. The thicker cables provide longer and more reliable reach. Lab testing points to 750/750 speeds. My first thought was most coax already has cable TV and broadband running, but Bill is finding numerous prospects. DirecTV, now part of AT&T, reportedly installed millions of coax connections to distribute satellite TV and apparently there's coax available elsewhere.

ONOS Project and ONF open-source a DataCenter Leaf-Spine Fabric built with Bare Metal switches and Classic SDN control

July 21, 2016

The combination of the following three key attributes makes the DC Fabric unique offering big value to developers and network operators:

  • use of state-of-the-art bare-metal (white-box) switching hardware (e.g., switches from Edge-core Networks with Broadcom ASICs)
  • use of classic SDN architecture with special emphasis on
    •       control-plane that provides HA/scale/performance using an ONOS cluster, and
    •       data-plane scale using OpenFlow 1.3 that exploits multi-table and port-group support of the switching silicon
  • use of completely open-source software everywhere
    •       for the control plane: ONOS + fabric-control application, and
    •       for the data plane switch software: ONL + OF-DPA + Indigo

The advantages of Classic SDN, Bare-metal switches and open source are big compared to existing solutions with traditional networking: (1) simpler and more flexible control; (2) ability to rapidly introduce new features and customized functionality; (3) no vendor lock-in leading to significantly lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Furthermore, an integrated, complete, open-source solution eliminates commercial licenses while leveraging contributions from a growing open-source community.

Introducing Trellis: DC Fabric Underlay + Virtual Network Overlay + Unified SDN Control

The first open-source DC network infrastructure of its kind that

  • combines an underlay leaf-spine fabric with a virtual network overlay, and
  • leverages unified SDN control over both underlay and overlay networks

Common SDN control over underlay and overlay networks enable simple, efficient implementations of

  • Distributed Virtual Routing for tenant networks
  • Optimized delivery of Multicast traffic streams
  • and many more resource optimizations as well as new capabilities (to be demonstrated in near future)

Trellis has been demonstrated as the enabling network infrastructure for CORD

Trellis has been an important component of the CORD platform and has been demonstrated as part of various CORD POCs and will rapidly evolve with the CORD platform and its various domains of use.

September 01, 2016 08:25 ET

Award-Winning Calix AXOS Platform Storms Past 100 Service Provider Mark

Company That Created Software Defined Access Uses AXOS to Enable Market Disruptors

PETALUMA, CA--(Marketwired - September 01, 2016) - Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX), the world leader in enabling next generation service delivery with an unmatched subscriber experience, today announced its award-winning AXOS platform is gaining unprecedented rapid adoption and network deployment at over 100 service providers around the world.

Fueling this momentum, Calix has demonstrated the power of AXOS to speed innovation and service delivery with a rapid expansion of its solutions portfolio. Shortly after introducing the portfolio, Calix became the first company to deliver a commercially available bonded solution -- capable of over one gigabit per second downstream over copper -- thereby bringing a gigabit experience to previously underserved subscribers in multiple dwelling units (MDUs). Traditionally, with lab tests, certifications and OSS/IT integration, it would take a typical service provider 12 to 15 months to introduce a new technology like into its network, but AXOS has allowed Calix customers to quickly move to full commercial deployments in a fraction of the time. Today, Calix customers are delivering enabled services to thousands of subscribers over existing in-building copper and coaxial infrastructure, and tapping into the MDU opportunity with an unmatched subscriber experience.

In late 2015, Calix made headlines in the communications industry with its launch of a Software Defined Access networking framework and AXOS operating system. A few months later, Calix received the 2016 Light Reading Leading Lights award for "Most Innovative SDN Product Strategy (Vendor)" and was recognized as the first company to launch a Software Defined Access networking framework and operating system.

"The core principles of AXOS -- fast innovation delivery, always on operation, and simple integration -- provide tangible benefits to service providers and their device-enabled subscribers through the rapid turn-up of services and an unmatched broadband experience," said Carl Russo, Calix president and CEO. "Calix was the first company willing and able to disrupt the traditional approach to access networks. Now, we're delivering on the vision we've pursued for over a decade: to lead a revolution that will forever change the economics, the boundaries and possibilities of access. With more than 100 customers embracing the AXOS platform, the movement is unleashed, and we expect it to accelerate as the industry begins to appreciate the success of these first movers."

AXOS is a vital strategic element of the Calix Software Defined Access vision or SDA, providing a transparent, ubiquitous subscriber experience for business and residential deployments across telcos, cable operators, and a variety of new communications service providers by eradicating the traditional constraints and limitations of the access network while changing the economics to deploy and operate high-demand services.

By abstracting the services layers from the underlying hardware, AXOS is able to run all software functions in the access network on any fiber, copper or wireless physical technology. Service providers can take advantage of maximum flexibility in network design and deployment models while maintaining consistent services, operations integration, and methods of procedure.

Learn more about the award-winning AXOS platform and its role in transforming the service provider business model in this video interviewconducted by Light Reading with Calix president and CEO Carl Russo.