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September 2017

Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project Continues Rapid Membership Growth

By | Announcement

Equinix, FiberHome, Kaloom, Netsia, Openet and ZTEsoft
Expand Global Community and Further ONAP Vision for Collaborative Transformation of the Service Delivery Lifecycle & SDN/NFV

TMForum- Vancouver B.C, September 27, 2017 — The Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project continues its rapid membership growth with the addition of Equinix, FiberHome, Kaloom, Netsia, Openet and ZTEsoft. These six new ONAP silver members are joining more than 50 global service providers and technology leaders working together to deliver a neutral automation platform for network, infrastructure and services across service providers, cloud providers and enterprises. ONAP is solving the challenge of Network Automation, providing on-demand services profitably and competitively, while leveraging existing investments.

“Open source networking has achieved significant market growth because it allows organizations of all sizes to quickly and innovatively bring new products and services to market using the largest shared technology investment,” said Arpit Joshipura, General Manager of Networking & Orchestration, The Linux Foundation. “At the same time, the industry understands that if we are to create the networks needed to support 5G and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), there must be global harmonization of development efforts. ONAP members share a commitment to uniting work and collaboratively transforming the service delivery lifecycle.”

Equinix, FiberHome, Kaloom, NETSIA, Openet, and ZTEsoft will work alongside ONAP’s vibrant, growing community of contributors, members and projects to build and deliver the connected world of the future. By consolidating and combining member resources, ONAP is positioned to deliver a unified architecture implementation with an open standards focus faster than any one project or company could on its own. With the addition of these new members, ONAP is now covering 55 percent of global providers served.

About the Newest ONAP Members:

Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects the world’s leading businesses to their customers, employees and partners inside the most interconnected data centers. In 44 markets across five continents, Equinix is where companies come together to realize new opportunities and accelerate their business, IT and cloud strategies.

FiberHome Technologies Group, established in 1974, is a leading equipment vendor and global solution provider in the field of information technology and telecommunications. FiberHome is directly affiliated to the Chinese State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council. It is also one of the largest enterprise located in the Optics Valley, Wuhan, China.  

Kaloom is a data center networking company building a programmable, high bandwidth, low-latency, loss-less, and fully automated software based networking solution – The Kaloom Flow Fabric™.  The Kaloom Flow Fabric™ provides a highly programmable data plane that allows virtual network functions (VNF) to be deployed at scale while optimizing compute resources and power utilization.  This allows emerging applications and services to delivered at the lowest possible cost with a maximum level of performance.  Targeted at Telcos and large enterprises, the Kaloom Flow Fabric™ runs on standard white box hardware and is compatible with VMs, Containers and bare metal environments.  Kaloom is based in Silicon Valley and Montreal.

Netsia is an applied research organization specializing in 5G. The company invests in new technologies, and showcases them through proof-of-concept and key use-case implementations by demonstrating the opportunities that these new technologies have to offer.

Openet provides solutions and consulting services that enable service providers to fast track their digital journeys. The company’s real-time solutions provide the digital platform for service providers to be more agile and innovative, helping them to engage with their customers to drive new revenues and increase their share of digital spend.

ZTEsoft is a leading software provider specialized in offering end-to- end BSS/OSS solutions and services to global telecom operators, and Smart Cities and IoT solutions to enterprises and governments. In more than 80 countries, ZSmart solutions have been selected by 145 operators and are serving over 700 million subscribers.

This week at TMForum, September 25-29 in Vancouver, Joshipura presented “ONAP: The Network Automation Platform Driving Open Source & Standards Harmonization.” His keynote session talked about how 5G/IoT/cloud are forcing carriers and data center operators to automate their networks.

The first ONAP release, Amsterdam, will be unveiled in the fourth quarter of this year. For more information about ONAP and how to participate in its global membership community, please visit: https://www.onap.org/members/join.

About ONAP

The Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project brings together top global carriers and vendors with the goal of allowing end users to automate, design, orchestrate and manage services and virtual functions. ONAP unites two major open networking and orchestration projects, open source ECOMP and the Open Orchestrator Project (OPEN-O), with the mission of creating a unified architecture and implementation and supporting collaboration across the open source community. The ONAP Project is a Linux Foundation project. For more information, visit https://www.onap.org.

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The Linux Foundation

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Introducing The Linux Foundation’s Open Source Networking Days

By | Blog

This post, by Arpit Joshipura, first appeared on LinuxFoundation.org.

One of my primary goals at The Linux Foundation is to foster innovation across the entire open source networking ecosystem. This involves coordinating across multiple open source projects and initiatives and identifying key areas for collaboration to create an open source networking stack.

We are working across the entire ecosystem with industry-leading partners — from developers to service providers to vendors — to unify various open source components and create solutions that will accelerate network transformation. As part of this journey, I am pleased to introduce Open Source Networking Days (OSN Days), a series of free events that are hosted and organized by local user groups and The Linux Foundation members, with support from our projects, including DPDK, FD.io, ONAP, OpenDaylight, OPNFV, PNDA, and others.

OSN Days are a fantastic opportunity for network developers and users to learn how ONAP, OPNFV, OpenDaylight  and other open source initiatives are changing NFV/SDN orchestration and networking solutions. Stops on the tour include: ParisMilan, Stockholm, London, Tel Aviv, and Japan. Register today for an upcoming OSN Day in your region.

The day-long events will start with a plenary session where attendees will hear from site hosts and The Linux Foundation speakers on the state of the industry and the collaboration and touch points between projects that make up the open source networking stack. Presenters will also explore how business opportunities like 5G and IoT are enabled by network transformation.  In the afternoon, events may feature technical sessions, tutorials, demonstrations, and workshops that empower attendees to participate, contribute, and deepen their knowledge of open source networking.

Our first OSN Day kicks off October 9 in Paris, followed by stops in Milan (October 12), Stockholm (October 13), London (October 16), Tel Aviv (October 19), and Japan (October 19). Thanks to our incredible site hosts Amdocs, ATOS, Cloudify, Ericsson, Huawei, NEC, Orange, RedHat, SUSE and Vodafone, along with our high-caliber roster of speakers, for helping to make these OSN Days a reality!

More details about the events, including site-specific agendas, registration info, and details on hotel and travel, can be found here: https://sites.google.com/linuxfoundation.org/osndays/home. If you have any questions, or would like to host an event yourself in the future, please email OSNDays@linuxfoundation.org.

 –Arpit Joshipura

#OSSummit Recap: Arpit Joshipura meets with theCUBE

By | Blog

Earlier this week Arpit Joshipura, our general manager of networking, talked with John Furrier (@furrier) and Stu Miniman (@stu) at Open Source Summit 2017 in Los Angeles.

In this video Arpit says open source networking is now mainstream among telcos and carriers.

The Linux Foundation is home to 8 of the top 10 open source networking projects. ONAP, one of the most recently launched projects, has already grown to 55 members and more than 1,000 developers contributing to the code. With the addition of Vodafone, more than 55 percent of the 4 .5 billion global subscribers will be influenced by ONAP.

What’s the main driver for growth with orchestration, SDN and NFV? According to Arpit, with 5G and IoT on the horizon, networks better be automated.

In this recent FierceWireless article, Arpit says many of the major carriers already support ONAP. Vodafone joins AT&T, Bell, China Mobile, China Telecom, Jio, and Orange as Platinum ONAP members. Working collaboratively the carriers will be able to deliver new services faster to boost revenue even before 5G hits, according to Arpit.

SDxCentral: Amdocs Brings an NFV Software Package Based on ONAP

By | In The News

Amdocs is wasting no time introducing service creation capabilities for virtual network functions (VNFs) based on the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP). Today, Amdocs announced its new NFV Powered by ONAP portfolio.

Even as ONAP continues the work of merging code from two open source projects, Amdocs is simultaneously touting its new offering. Its NFV Powered by ONAP portfolio brings software that lets service providers design new services based on VNFs. The software will help to create the services, orchestrate them, and then operate them.

Read more at SDxCentral.

Vodafone Joins Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project

By | Announcement

Global Operator To Accelerate Open Source Innovation and Automation

OPEN SOURCE SUMMIT NORTH AMERICA–LOS ANGELES–SEPT. 11, 2017–The Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project today announced that Vodafone Group has joined as a Platinum member. The addition of Vodafone, one of the world’s largest service providers with operations in 26 countries, demonstrates the continuing momentum ONAP is achieving and highlights Vodafone’s ongoing commitment to open standards and open source.

Through worldwide collaboration and open development, Vodafone will help ONAP in its mission to deliver a neutral automation platform for network, infrastructure and services across service providers, cloud providers and enterprises challenged to provide on-demand services profitably and competitively, while leveraging existing investments.

Vodafone has been one of the early movers in the telecommunications industry to embrace virtualization and cloud technologies, with a program underway to drive the adoption of software-defined networks (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) technologies across the group, together with the necessary operational transformation required. With its scale, experience and focus on such a significant group-wide transformation, Vodafone is extremely well-positioned to help drive the ONAP initiative from design through to practical implementation across the industry.

“We are looking forward to joining and collaborating with the ONAP community,” said Fran Heeran, Group Head of Network Virtualization at Vodafone and ONAP governing board  member. “In working with The Linux Foundation and other ONAP members, we look forward to contributing to and driving this exciting initiative as Vodafone continues to implement its network virtualization transformation program. Vodafone’s membership demonstrates the company’s commitment to open platforms and open source in helping to drive innovation and transformation across the telecommunication industry, especially in the areas of SDN and NFV.”

Vodafone joins 17 other global service providers and technology leaders that are platinum ONAP members, including Amdocs, AT&T, Bell, China Mobile, China Telecom, Cisco, Ericsson, GigaSpaces, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Jio, Nokia, Orange, Tech Mahindra, VMware and ZTE.

“With Vodafone and so many other global telecom companies investing in ONAP so early on, the project is incredibly well-positioned to swiftly deliver a common platform for rapidly designing, implementing and managing differentiated services,” said Arpit Joshipura, General Manager, The Linux Foundation.  “We are honored to have Vodafone participate at the highest level as a platinum member and believe their participation will help shape the future of network automation.”

Vodafone joins the expanding ONAP community, which includes nearly 1,000 developers and 45 members, representing 55 percent of global subscribers. The ONAP community will come together for a technical face-to-face meeting on September 25-27 in Paris, France. Additional details can be found here.

About the Open Network Automation Platform

The Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project brings together top global carriers and vendors with the goal of allowing end users to automate, design, orchestrate and manage services and virtual functions. ONAP unites two major open networking and orchestration projects, open source ECOMP and the Open Orchestrator Project (OPEN-O), with the mission of creating a unified architecture and implementation and supporting collaboration across the open source community. The ONAP Project is a Linux Foundation project. For more information, visit https://www.onap.org.

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The Linux Foundation has registered trademarks and uses trademarks. For a list of trademarks of The Linux Foundation, please see our trademark usage page: https://www.linuxfoundation.org/trademark-usage. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

 

Media Contact

Sarah Conway

The Linux Foundation

(978) 578-5300

sconway@linuxfoundation.org