ADLINK now part of Open Networking Foundation (ONF) as collaborating innovator to boost transformation of network infrastructure

ADLINK, provider of edge computing, announced on Tuesday its membership as a Collaborating Innovator of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) operator-led consortium. ADLINK and its range of ecosystem partners continue to play an increasingly important role in influential industry consortiums such as ONF, Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter (CORD) and Open Compute Project (OCP) by working together on advanced, open architecture business initiatives.

ADLINK began its focus on open architecture by becoming a major contributor to the OCP more than five years ago. At the ONF, ADLINK will leverage its Open Compute Carrier-grade Edge Reference Architecture (OCCERA), OCP and GPU-based solutions to develop next-generation networking and communications platforms, enabling use cases such as Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC), universal Customer Premises Equipment (uCPE) and extremely low-latency Edge Compute platforms for 5G networks.

ADLINK’s solutions will address the requirements for low- latency, high-bandwidth and compute-intensive applications driven by the needs of security, deep packet inspection (DPI), edge computing, virtual network functions (VNF), 5G evolution and revenue producing solutions for operators.

As an open, collaborative, non-profit consortium driving transformation of network infrastructure and carrier business models, the ONF serves as the umbrella for a number of projects, building solutions by leveraging network disaggregation, white box economics, open source software and software-defined standards to revolutionize the carrier industry.

Working closely with communication service providers and equipment vendors on various open source projects, the ONF leverages its released reference designs to facilitate the roll-out of next-generation networking solutions, significantly driving down both capital and operating expenditure for the whole ecosystem and opening up enormous business opportunities for new services.

As an ODM, ADLINK is an ideal contributor to the ONF-envisioned business model with its high quality design and manufacturing capabilities, producing cost- effective COTS/custom solutions with reduced time-to-market.

ADLINK offers design services in every major geographic region, which benefits customers with increased responsiveness, short delivery lead-time and ease of doing business locally. ADLINK also ensures best practices in product lifecycle management by leveraging its partnerships with major processor and software vendors.

“Telecom operators are driving solutions based on open hardware and software architectures, enabling infrastructure for quick time-to-revenue while lowering TCO for emerging Edge and 5G deployment. At this inflection point, the ONF is well positioned to catalyze a transformation of the networking industry with its newly established strategic plan,” said Jeff Sharpe, ADLINK director of product strategy and business development for networking and communications. “We are very excited to join and contribute to ONF, as we will be able to leverage the ONF’s community resources and reference designs to develop next-generation networking solutions. Our ultimate goal is to bring ADLINK’s innovation and unique value proposition for network transformation to the carrier industry.”

ADLINK has joined the ROS-Industrial (ROS-I) Consortium Asia Pacific this year and will lend its expertise in data connectivity standards to the advancement of robotics. The ROS-I Consortium APAC was started by the Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC), in partnership with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), in March 2017. It aims to encourage the adoption of advanced robotics and automation in Asia Pacific.

ROS-Industrial is an open source project that extends the advanced capabilities of the Robot Operating System (ROS) software to manufacturing. The ROS initiative is a global collaborative effort to simplify the vast complexity surrounding the development of robot platforms.

ADLINK is the first member of the ROS-Industrial Consortium Asia Pacific.


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