Calix inked a multi-year pact with global technology and services provider Infosys to expand research and development on its AXOS software-defined access networking platform, a move designed to give operators the ability to deploy new virtualized functions in the access network without depending on Calix to incorporate them into its product roadmap.
The relationship with Infosys -- which Calix CEO Carl Russo dubbed its "first co-creation partner" -- leverages the abstraction layer within AXOS. That layer enables third parties, such as operators or independent software developers, to create products or services for the access network. Anything running in AXOS operates within containers, which service providers can transfer in and out without having to shut down the entire operating system.
The Calix abstraction technology resides at the silicon level, not on the orchestration plane, giving developers additional flexibility, Russo told Light Reading. This approach also empowers Calix to use external research and development sources and use licensing agreements as new revenue generators.
"Now, rather than customers waiting for us to develop things with our R&D stream, we have a whole different R&D stream [with Infosys] that can develop apps, and in essence share in the benefits of that co-creation," Russo told Light Reading's Mari Silbey. "So now, all of a sudden, instead of Calix's 500 engineers, we're able to take advantage of Infosys's 200,000 engineers ... Now all of a sudden our customers have the benefit of an enormous development resource that can speed their transformations."
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