The communications industry is undergoing rapid changes to enable high-bandwidth voice, video and data services. As more end users and devices connect to and rely on the network, a new service level expectation is developing. Today’s network must deliver “always on” service. As the network evolves into a single converged Internet Protocol-based network, the need for a carrier grade, highly reliable infrastructure becomes even more critical. This white paper discusses the emergence of the next generation networking software platform, called the carrier grade open platform (CGOP). The CGOP leverages best in class ecosystem and open source technologies as the foundation for multiple network elements.