Verizon taps into open source, white box fervor with new CPE offering
May 11 , 2017
By Michael Cooney
Online News Editor, Network World
Verizon this week said it would begin offering x86-based servers with OpenStack software aimed at customers looking to support all manner of advanced cloud, software defined networking and network functions virtualization-based enterprises.
The idea with virtualized business services, including Verizon’s universal customer premises equipment (uCPE) lets various carrier services run on standard infrastructure at either customer sites or service-provider facilities. Because the services are virtual, companies can order and change service amenities quickly...
Verizon isn’t the only carrier getting in the uCPE arena. In March AT&T wrote that its engineers successfully completed field trials of a multi-supplier open source white box switch carrying customer traffic...
“The boxes we tested provided high performance telemetry into our ECOMP platform to monitor the traffic as it zipped from Washington DC to San Francisco. It’s early, but we think this technology could accelerate innovation on almost any device that requires connectivity. It’s like how bringing reliable GPS tracking and navigation to smart phones enabled entirely new applications, and even industries,” AT& T wrote. “Creating this white box switch was a group effort. Several visionary companies helped us bring it to life. Barefoot Networks, Broadcom, Delta Electronics, Edgecore Networks, Intel Corporation, and SnapRoute provided the standardized hardware and open source software that powered these new network switches.