CloudLens – Monitoring for CORD Infrastructure

Protect your CORD environment with critical packet data, network visibility, and analytics — all powered by CloudLens

CloudLens Enables Crucial Monitoring for Your Cord Infrastructure

CORD (Central Office Re-architected as a Data Center) enables service providers to utilize SDN, cloud, and edge computing by augmenting proprietary hardware and software with open source and other software-based approaches running on commodity hardware.

This fundamental shift brings considerable advantage in terms of scale, elasticity, and agility — but not without new challenges. Traditional approaches to monitoring and visibility are often insufficient. Without packet data to feed your security and network performance monitoring tools, it is easy to find yourself exposed to potential problems, or unaware of their existence.

CORD Visibility: Helping Telecom Providers Make the Shift

Telecom providers have traditionally struggled to keep up, but are now uniquely positioned to repurpose their vast network of central offices to deliver innovative services to customers. The CORD project aims to help traditional telecom providers make this shift by repurposing their legacy infrastructure to enable dynamic provisioning at scale.

When security and performance matter most, CloudLens provides comprehensive visibility — even in virtualized, cloud, or CORD environments.

How Cord Works

CORD combines commodity servers, white-box switches, and disaggregated access technologies with open source software to provide an extensible service delivery platform — enabling network operators to configure, control, and meet their operational and business objectives. Additionally, CORD enables the delivery of a wide range of innovative services, including fiber-to-the-home, trusted operator-provided services, and untrusted third-party services.

The Need for Cord Monitoring

No matter the network, cloud, or application, your security and performance tools depend on real-time access to packet data and metadata. Otherwise, blind spots can undermine their ability to identify security breaches and pinpoint performance problems. Your CORD network is no exception. Without end-to-end monitoring, your security, application performance monitoring, and network performance monitoring tools will be similarly impacted.

However, monitoring your CORD environment is no trivial task. You need a monitoring service that captures information from different CORD network elements and consolidates it into one or more analytics applications running on top of the platform itself. This monitoring service is known as A-CORD, which stands for "Analytics for CORD."

The A-CORD Platform

A-CORD reference architecture delivers comprehensive visibility based on a three-tier model, including programmable virtual probes, XOS Monitoring-as-a-Service, and analytics engines. By continuously monitoring and analyzing probe data to enable control decisions, the analytics engines ultimately make your central office network more autonomous — enabling programmable monitoring through closed-loop-control.

As A-CORD spins up virtual data collectors, it dynamically associates data collectors with virtual probes, coordinates among data collectors, and maintains the health and availability of the CORD environment overall. In doing so, the platform provides programmatic interfaces to control your level of monitoring while decoupling analytics applications from underlying probes — enabling true multi-vendor environments.

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