Calix Wins Leading Lights Award for Most Innovative SDN Product Strategy

  • Posted by Fran Cator
  • May 25, 2016 3:39 PM BST

AXOS platform honored by industry publication Light Reading

AUSTIN, TEXAS – May 25, 2016Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX), the world leader in enabling service providers to deliver a gigabit experience to their subscribers, today announced its Software Defined Access (SDA) framework along with the underlying software platform, AXOS, has been named “Most Innovative SDN Product Strategy (Vendor)” by Light Reading at the publication’s annual Leading Lights Awards event. In their 12th year, the Leading Lights Awards honor the most innovative communications service providers, technology solutions companies, and their executives for outstanding achievements in next-generation communications technology, applications, and services.

“SDN is set to play a role in every part of next generation networks, including broadband access,” said Ray Le Maistre, Light Reading Editor-In-Chief. “The Calix submission in our SDN product innovation category, which attracted a large number of very high quality and compelling entries, stood out from the crowd for its combination of technical, operational and business case attributes. Congratulations to Calix!”

Leveraging the best of data center software design and network virtualization, the Software Defined Access framework provides the indispensable connection between the device-enabled subscriber and the content and applications in the data center. Calix AXOS is a software platform based on the Software Defined Access framework. By abstracting the software from the hardware, AXOS is able to run all software functions in the access network without being tied to specific hardware or associated silicon chipsets. The power of the architecture was demonstrated with the accelerated introduction and fast-paced refinement of the Calix solutions, which reused many existing components of the Calix solution portfolio.

“Software Defined Access changes the innovation cost structure for service providers by introducing modular, reusable software components that can run on diverse hardware to reduce software qualification time and increase service velocity,” said Shane Eleniak, Calix vice president of product line leadership. “AXOS is stateful and separates control, management and processing, allowing service providers to perform real-time upgrades without maintenance windows, resulting in an always-on, unmatched subscriber experience. This Leading Lights Award from Light Reading is another validation of the power of SDN and how Software Defined Access can be a game-changing architecture for Calix customers.”

Light Reading Leading Lights Awards are judged and awarded by Light Reading’s editors, as well as Heavy Reading’s analysts, making them among the most prestigious and authoritative awards programs in next generation communications. Hundreds of entries were submitted from all over the world across 26 Leading Lights categories.