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Since the ONOS project was launched in 2015 the community has explored many ways to use the platform. Two use cases have emerged as the most compelling and exciting.


The edge of the operator network (such as the central office for telcos and the head-end for cable operators) are where operators connect to their customers. CORD is a project intent on transforming this edge into an agile service delivery platform enabling the operator to deliver the best end-user experience along with innovative next-generation services

CORD (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter) is a platform that leverages SDN, NFV and Cloud technologies to build agile datacenters for the network edge. Integrating multiple open source projects, CORD delivers a cloud-native, open, programmable, agile platform for network operators to create innovative services.
view the cord site


ONOS (Open Networking Operating System) is purpose-built for service providers who typically operate large and complex multi-layer networks. ONOS has native support for the most common type of multi-layer network, namely the packet/optical network. It does so by offering an innovative converged topology view, allowing rapid introduction of new services and unprecedented optimization in an environment which has been dominated by a legacy mindset

Service Provider Networks are complex and multi-layer in nature. Each of these layers, including packet and optical, is provisioned and managed independently. Often times, the provisioning of capacity or new services can take weeks if not months. A converged SDN control plane for packet and optical networks can help address these inefficiencies. Service providers can optimize across both the packet and optical layers in real-time for availability and economics, thereby reducing over-provisioning. Operators can add capacity based on traffic and other considerations in minutes instead of days or months.
view the packet-optical wiki page

Secondary Use Cases

Here are some of the other use cases that the ONOS community has been working on.