Calix, Thursday unveiled AXOS Sandbox, a virtual environment that is designed to improve the economics of new services introduction by eliminating the need for physical systems in service provider labs. AXOS Sandbox runs on Calix AXOS network operating system and software platform built for the specific needs of the access network.
Calix said with AXOS Sandbox which uses open standard interfaces NETCONF/YANG and OpenFlow, service providers can speed up service delivery by reducing the time needed for lab testing, BSS and OSS integration work, and software certification by deploying virtual instances of Calix AXOS systems.
Service providers face a multitude of operational challenges and additional expenses when introducing new technologies into their networks today. These challenges are magnified when service providers have multiple labs spread across various geographies, forcing them to manage hundreds of technicians installing, testing, and managing thousands of systems.
In addition, due to the substantial amount of hardware required, testing and validating the scalability of management, orchestration, and control functions within a lab environment would be prohibitive. Data centers and central offices also bring additional costs for rack space, powering, and cooling of the equipment.