CENX won a high profile international customer for its Cortx offering this morning. The Swedish giant Ericsson is integrating CENX's Cortx Service Orchestrator software into the company's managed services delivery platform in order to provide end-to-end visibility and monitoring.
After starting out in the Ethernet Exchange business, CENX discovered that the real value lay not in who runs such an exchange node but rather in the software that glues everything together across that node. They reconstituted the company along the lines laid out by the MEF's Third Network, and launched Cortx last fall.
The ability to dig down into the access networks and be able to guarantee SLAs over infrastructure you don't own is definitely a key future piece of networking. That assumes it all works as advertised in the real world, of course, which is something you can prove only one way.
Alongside a deal to support a Tier 1 service operator's M2M network and a multi-year contract with CoreSite, the Ericsson deal today suggests they are indeed gaining some traction.