The Open Compute Project is excited to announce the resurrection of the Campus Branch Wireless project (CBW) Sub-Project. The OCP CBW Sub-Project was originally started in 2017 with an initial focus on Open Wi-Fi Access point designs and POE (IEEE802.3at) switches for “Enterprise” use.
This project, although producing numerous products and solutions, was a bit ahead of its time and placed on hold in mid-2018 due to lack of leadership. Now with increased adoption of open networking over the last few years and the rise of various open projects and communities focused around solutions for campus, remote-office, and branch locations (Enterprise) we believe it's time to restart the CBW effort with even greater momentum and scope this time.
The goal of the CBW Sub-Project is to standardize open hardware designs and to create an ecosystem of open and commercial software partners for this Enterprise space. Some of the recent activity that has lent itself to the Enterprise includes a complete WI-Fi software stack being developed in the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) community, a complete private 5G/LTE Enterprise 4.0 offering from the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) community, and a new Network Operating System (NOS) called DENT under the Linux Foundation community targeting Enterprise-type use cases. With all of this external community activity underway coupled with increased customer interest, there are many opportunities for OCP to work on solutions for the Enterprise. These solutions will be developed in conjunction with these other open community partners as well as internally developed integrated solutions within the OCP community.
As the benefits of disaggregation and open source are being realized by Data Center and Telco customers, it is now time for Enterprise customers to start realizing these benefits as well! So where to begin? Here is a starting point, as was discussed in the Networking Project during OCP Tech Week in Nov 2020.
We are inviting all of you to join us for a series of initial kick off calls to help set the detailed direction and scope of this Sub-Project. There are many opportunities to help mold solutions and products for the Enterprise including wired, wireless, Wi-Fi , private cellular, hardware designs, software solutions certainly something for all! If you are interested in leading this effort as a Sub-Project, member companies are encouraged to reach out to Archna Haylock (OCP Community Director) for more details.
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