CORD Introduction, ONF Timon Slone

QCT Switch for Trellis and CORD

Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter (CORD) is a new design of Telco central office that replace purpose-built proprietary hardware with commodity servers, switches, and access devices plus software. CORD has been demonstrated to support three domains of use, Residential, Mobile, and Enterprise.

QCT fully understands the trend of proprietary hardware disaggregation and believes that leveraging the best of SDN, NFV and Cloud technologies is the appropriate strategy to embrace and respond to this business environment evolution. With that in mind, QCT has built the world’s first “QCT CORD Ready POD”, which is based on the latest Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors using NUMA balanced design, and compatible with the latest CORD 5.0 platform.

The QCT CORD Ready solution will be delivered in flexible CORD POD form factors. With this offering, 5G operators and workload service developers will no longer need to spend time searching for a suitable combination of components to build their CORD architecture. Just by simply plugging in the power, businesses can start enjoying the advantages of the latest services developed on top of this powerful CORD architecture.

world first CORD Pod solution

Simplify hardware installation

Eliminate proprietary appliance

Timon Sloane, VP of Marketing and Ecosystem at ONF

“As a respected member of our organization, QCT has actively collaborated in the development of the CORD platform with their expertise in designing and manufacturing of server, storage, switch and rack systems. Having been validated by ONF, QCT’s CORD Ready POD is not only compatible with the latest CORD 5.0 platform, but also the first validated CORD POD realized on the latest Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors. ONF sees a level of investment and commitment from QCT suited to ensure the introduction of more CORD solutions for a variety of 5G use cases and scenarios”.

CORD Architecture

CORD Ready POD Topology

Recommended system

QCT provides a variety of servers and switches to meet CPU, network, and storage resource requirements for different workloads. The QCT CORD Ready POD solution is now available in two SKUs, with QCT 1U and 2U servers. For customized builds, businesses can contact QCT for more details.


QuantaGrid D52B-1UQuantaGrid D52BQ-2U
Head NodeCompute NodeHead NodeCompute Node
Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processor


QuantaMesh BMS T3048-LY8QuantaMesh T1048-LB9
Management SwitchFabric Switch

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