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December 2018

ONAP Casablanca & LFN Ecosystem Updates: Supporting Comments from Members

By | Announcement

Amdocs
“We view standardization and openness as critical solution requirements for realization of the dynamic and automated service-driven network, and we are very pleased with the results that ONAP is providing in accelerating speed to market and vendor innovation for our customers”, said Anthony Goonetilleke, Group President, Entertainment, Media and Technology, Amdocs. “We now see significant positive momentum from many of our customers who are starting  to leverage ONAP to expose and orchestrate their networks-as-a-service to more rapidly and easily design, build and monitor new offerings. This approach will prove to be a pivotal element of service providers delivering a cornerstone of our connected society. As a founding member and co-creator of ONAP, Amdocs remains strongly committed to its ongoing development. We lead the ONAP use case subcommittee which is doing vital work to develop and promote future-facing use cases like 5G and edge automation. Additionally, Amdocs believes in the importance of gaining alignment across the standards bodies, and is actively contributing to align service onboarding standardization across ONAP and ETSI.”

ARRIS
“ARRIS offers communications service providers software development and integration support to streamline service activation and enhance agility,” said Jack Raynor, senior director, ARRIS Professional Services Software and Integration Practice, ARRIS.  “The pillars of Multi-Domain Service Orchestration include planning, design, implementation and operation, resulting in more accuracy and reduced cost through automation and improved customer satisfaction.  Our software solution services leverage best of breed and leading edge technologies and platforms for Orchestration and Automation including ONAP. ARRIS is currently developing and deploying an ONAP-based solution with a major Asia Pacific telco customer. We are committed to building an open solution that frees operators from the complexities of their own infrastructures.”

Bell Canada
Tamer Shenouda, director, Network Transformation and Operations Support Systems, Bell Canada: “As we continue to deploy new services and features on ONAP, we see the Casablanca release as a stepping stone towards our vision of a self-service automation platform for our operations teams. We believe this will enable faster adoption and drive benefits at a much larger scale, both on virtual and physical networks.”

China Mobile
“Congratulations to the entire ONAP community!  Carriers, Vendors, Researchers, Practitioners, LFN, etc.  together have come a long way to deliver Casablanca, a commercial ecosystem with new/enhanced technical features and supporting new use cases such as CCVPN and 5G,” said Dr. Junlan Feng, Chief, China Mobile Research. “ Special thanks to LFN and all developers!  We believe Casablanca will better enable carriers to find their own trajectory to deploy ONAP in commercial use. For future work, we hope we continuously strength ONAP in terms of solidness, flexibility and easiness of use.”

China Telecom
Sun Qiong, Director of SDN R&D Center, China Telecom Beijing Research Institute and LFN Board member: “We are so happy to see that the new Casablanca release is delivered. This release offers more useful features, more interesting use cases, and better performance and stability. We believe more and more carriers will find benefits from it.”

Ericsson
Mats Karlsson, Head of Solution Area OSS at Ericsson says, “Ericsson is driving the 5G global ecosystem that will deliver services for all industries. Both open source and standards will play a crucial role in the evolution of 5G. The advent of 5G will bring new use cases and disruptive business models for all industries. As the industry moves in to virtualization including cloud native and edge cloud, networks will become even more complex and we need automation & orchestration to manage this complexity. Automation leveraging AI/ML influenced policy – adaptive policy, is key to manage new services, resources and to achieve closed loop automation and optimization. The Casablanca release brings new and enhanced features that provide platform stability and support for existing and evolved use cases such as Residential CPE, VoLTE, cross domain VPN and 5G use cases.”

Huawei
“ONAP is the common platform for end to end automation and intelligent operation. The ONAP Casablanca release has been enhanced with respect to architecture, capabilities and maturity to allow global deployment of the platform. Huawei is one of the top contributors to ONAP community since it was formed early 2017. Huawei collaborated with Vodafone and China Mobile to build and integrate ONAP with Huawei commercial SDN controllers in CCVPN use case that is delivered with ONAP Casablanca release.  In addition Huawei is building the Digital Transformation service portfolio for Telcos around our ONAP-based AIDO (design time) and IES (runtime) platforms,” said Bill Ren, vice president, Network Industry & Ecosystem Development, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltfd. “In the future, Huawei will continue to contribute openly and extensively to the community. Huawei will also happily continue to collaborate with our customers to develop solutions for different business scenarios to enable digital transformation in the industry, and maximize business value.”

Reliance Jio
Robert Pippert, vice president, Technology Development Wireless & Common Platforms, Reliance Jio Infocomm, Ltd.: “ONAP is a key element in Reliance Jio’s MANO ecosystem.  Our transformation towards a Machine Learning-driven cognitive network continues to accelerate as we embrace the evolution towards 5G.”

Lenovo
“As a founding member of LF Networking and an early contributor to the OPNFV project, Lenovo is embracing open source initiatives that enable communications service providers to accelerate deployment time as part of their digital transformation,” said Charles Ferland, vice president and General Manager, Telco at Lenovo Data Center Group. “We are looking forward to leveraging the OVP certification program as part of the validation of our NFVi solutions and certification with our strategic independent software vendor (ISV) partners.”

Lumina Networks
“Lumina Networks is thrilled to be a contributor to the ONAP SDN-C Casablanca release, leveraging Lumina’s community leadership and ability to mature technology for operational readiness and deployment at our major service provider customers,” said Andrew Coward, CEO, Lumina Networks. “Our SDN controller Powered by OpenDaylight(TM) aligns perfectly to the ONAP charter to deliver the promise of new service innovation and better network automation without vendor lock-in.”

NEC/Netcracker
“As a platinum member, NEC/Netcracker has been actively involved in enhancing the architecture principles of ONAP with a particular focus in Casablanca on increasing the interoperability and modularity of sub systems,” said Aloke Tusnial, CTO SDN/NFV at Netcracker. “Casablanca represents the beginning of cloud native adoption in open source orchestration to support the upcoming evolution of VNFs to CNFs. NEC/Netcracker will continue our active engagement throughout the ONAP journey to cloud native  to enable new 5G use cases and edge workload orchestration.”

Nokia
“We are delighted to see the next ONAP release being launched. For managing and orchestrating networks and services end-to-end, we have been driving the support of virtualized and physical network functions running in hybrid networks, which will be the reality for a number of years to come,” said Antti Koskela, VP, Digital Operations at Nokia Software. “As a vendor providing true end-to-end solutions, we have also been expanding our cloud-wise services portfolio to allow full interoperability between ONAP, OPNFV, and Nokia or third- party network functions and management systems. We genuinely appreciate the attempt to combine ONAP and OPNFV verification.”

Orange
“Orange is fully engaged in the open source ecosystem contributing to industry alignment,” says Emmanuel Lugagne Delpon, senior vice president of Orange Labs Networks. “For the success of virtualization, we see alignment on a single automation solution as a must: ONAP is now part of our RFPs. OPNFV and the verification programme of  LFN are the bricks that will help to consolidate telco-grade infrastructure. Orange is strongly involved in those LFN projects, actively contributed to the ONAP Casablanca release and is offering an open platform to facilitate ONAP adoption by the community. Additionally, Orange is a leading contributor to OPNFV.”

Verizon
Srinivasa Kalapala, vice president, Global Technology & Supplier Strategy, Verizon: “We are pleased to see strong and growing developer ecosystem for ONAP and progress made by community in delivering Casablanca.  We anticipate that Casablanca will accelerate the adoption of ONAP with its focus on policy-driven orchestration, ETSI based NFV onboarding, stability and performance in support of real world deployments. The collaboration with ONAP underscores Verizon’s leadership in delivering market leading network services, while simplifying onboarding and operational functions.”

Vodafone
Fran Heeran, Group Head of Cloud & Automation, Vodafone: “Interoperability between service providers forms the very foundation of our industry. As we transform how we build and operate our services at a global scale, it is critical that the automation and orchestration we introduce in our own networks and services can extend securely beyond our boundaries. The capabilities we are developing with our partners and the contributions to the ONAP community will allow us to offer next generation networks services to our customers at global scale with speed and agility. Vodafone is committed to helping drive open standards as we transform service creation, deployment, orchestration and operations.”

ONAP Casablanca: The Story Behind the Code

By | Blog

Congratulations to the entire ONAP community and extended ecosystem on the availability of ONAP Casablanca, the project’s third release! We have come such a long way since ONAP’s first code release, Amsterdam. With a thriving community of more than 492 developers hailing from 31 organizations, ONAP’s growing global diversity has come together to deliver an even broader set of features and enhancements that make ONAP even more suitable for global deployment.

Read on for more details on what’s in the release, as well as a brief Q&A with ONAP’s new Technical Steering Committee (TSC) Chair, Catherine Lefevre.

New Features & Functionality
Casablanca introduces new functionality with two use cases important to the evolution of networking: 5G and CCVPN (Cross Domain and Cross Layer VPN).

  • The 5G blueprint is a multi-release effort, with Casablanca introducing the first set of capabilities around PNF integration, edge automation, real-time analytics, network slicing, data modeling, homing, scaling, and network optimization.
  • CCVPN demonstrates how to provide enterprise services across operators with the use of MEF APIs. CCVPN was first introduced onstage during ONS Europe with the help of China Mobile, Vodafone, and Huawei. (You can read about the ONS demo here)

Casablanca also includes new features, architectural changes, deployability enhancements (see the “7 Dimensions of Deployability”) and bug fixes. Some of my favorite highlights include:

  • The design time environment includes two new dashboards to simplify design activities.
  • The runtime environment includes new lifecycle management functions in both the Service Orchestrator (SO) and its three controllers, expanded hardware platform awareness (HPA) to improve performance, geo-redundancy, support for ETSI NFV-SOL003 for VNFM compatibility, MultiCloud enhancements, and edge cloud onboarding.
  • Additionally, the initial integration with the PNDA project, several new collectors, policy engine updates, and enhancements to the Holmes alarm correlation engine, boost ONAP’s service assurance capabilities.

Community Growth
We’re also very excited to see strong growth among the ONAP community. With an expanded community, we’ve been able to develop more features in less time! For comparison’s sake, the number of contributing CSPs, vendors, and other organizations has increased to 31 up from 24, and Casablanca includes contributions from 490 developers, up from 452 compared to the Beijing release. Equally important, the community has expanded beyond technical concerns to collaborate with other open source projects such as OPNFV, CNCF, and PNDA, as well as standards communities such as ETSI, MEF, and TMForum.

We also plan to integrate more closely with OPNFV on the compliance & verification program, which will extend to VNFs following Casablanca. The program will allow VNF vendors to test their products using a standardized test suite and receive a verification badge.

To get more color on how the community came together for this release, I sat down with ONAP TSC Chair, Catherine Lefevre. Here’s what she had to say:

Q&A with Catherine Lefevre, ONAP TSC Chair

Can you share any anecdotes about the release and community coming together? We heard rumblings of a great conversation in the LFN booth at ONS Europe. Please elaborate.
While some of our ONAP members were engaged in talks and demos at the ONS Europe, I took the opportunity to organize several meetings. The purpose was to collect feedback from the community to better understand what their expectations are related to the new ONAP TSC. The number of participants turned out to be larger than anticipated and was really energizing, highlighting improvements in terms of technical leadership, communication, documentation, consistency across the platform, plus much more. This feedback became part of our TSC roadmap. An “ONAP TSC” project was created in JIRA (https://jira.onap.org/projects/TSC/), allowing us to track our TSC action items to drive change and accountability based on the feedback from the community. We wanted to manage TSC in the same way we manage any new ONAP feature.

If you had to summarize the release in 3-5 sentences, how would you describe it?
The goal of Casablanca was to consolidate our projects foundation while evolving to modularity and aligning to industry standards i.e. MEF 3.0, ETSI NFV-SOL003, etc.

On the deployment side, we made great progress in streamlining the ONAP installation using Kubernetes, adding a broader range of physical/virtual storage options, enhancements to backup/restore, etc.

On the design time side, two additional artifacts were added to continue driving the unified design palette to help product managers, VNF owners, and anyone interested to build on ONAP (DCAE Design Studio – control loop workflow & Workflow designer for orchestration workflow)

On the run time side, we increased the service assurance footprint by adding new High Volume VES (Virtual Event Stream) collectors and performed initial integration with the Linux Foundation PNDA project in DCAE (Data Collection Analytics & Events). PNDA containerization, application onboarding, and deployment are currently targeted for Dublin. We also developed new functionalities to support physical network functions (PNFs) and audit capabilities through A&AI (Active & Available Inventory).

On the Security side, we integrated many of the ONAP components with Application Authorization Framework (AAF) and increased the CII badging compliancy.

Casablanca provides blueprint updates to 5G and CCVPN as well as a sneak peek of compliance and verification updates related to VNF testing. Can you explain how this will benefit the ecosystem? Why are these developments significant?

ONAP 5G & Cross Domain Cross Layer VPN (CCVPN) Use cases are definitely the cornerstones of the Casablanca release.

The ONAP CCVPN Use case exercises many aspects of ONAP by building a high-bandwidth, flat and super-speed Optical Transport Network between two carriers and across multiple domains.

The ONAP 5G blueprint starts to address two of 5G challenges: Network optimization and the extension of Zero Touch Orchestration/Automation to Radio Access Networks.

These use cases, 5G and CCVPN, demonstrate the willingness of carriers to work together on common requirements. The ONAP community is a fantastic Software Defined Network platform for academic research, proof of concepts into complex topics, benefiting from a lot of technical expertise and highlighting the desire of the ONAP community to develop a platform that focus on building a future together.

What makes this release unique, and  what is your favorite thing about Casablanca or the way in which the community came together?
The acceleration of the ONAP community diversity highlighted by the rise of VNF and 3rd party vendors contributing to the ONAP Casablanca release.  They also now have a better understand the source code and are able to develop themselves.

The scope of the Casablanca release was substantially larger in comparison to the Beijing release while our testing capacity did not increase respectively. The last 3 weeks were challenging, but we had a great Integration team with a “never give-up” mindset and a group of Project Technical leads who acted as a single team. This is really my favorite part, having a large team coming together, focused on a shared goal, working collaboratively to achieve the impossible –  the power of the team spirit!

Now that Casablanca is out the door, what are you anticipating for ONAP’s next release?
We plan to have a minor release in early February 2019 to address some security and code enhancements.

The scope of our first 2019 major release, Dublin, is not yet finalized; however, the ONAP TSC has identified several guiding principles they would like to put in place:

  • Pursue our Continuous integration / Continuous Deployment Journey to ensure development issues are addressed quickly by leveraging more automation
  • Security by Design – re-enforcement of security awareness at each milestone of the release; not only at code freeze.
  • Document as You Code – dedicated focus on improving the documentation all along the release cycle.

Stay tuned for more to come in the coming weeks …

Join us to help shape the next ONAP release!

Dublin Release Developer Design Forum: The next design forum will be conducted jointly with the OPNFV Gambia Plugfest in Paris, France from January 8-11, 2019. The event, as the name suggests, will focus on Dublin release planning and explore various synergies with OPNFV. Both members and non-members are welcome to attend. More info here: https://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/onap-ddf-opnfv-plugfest/.

ONAP Releases Casablanca, Enhances Deployment Capabilities Across Open Source Networking Stack

By | Announcement

New releases from ONAP and OPNFV advance NFV testing, orchestration & automation, as Accenture joins at the Gold level

San Francisco, December 4, 2018 LF Networking (LFN), which facilitates collaboration and operational excellence across open networking projects, today announced continued progress to ease deployments across the open source networking stack. New platform releases from ONAP (Casablanca) and OPNFV (Gambia) bring additional support for cross-stack deployments across new and existing use cases such as 5G and Cross-Carrier VPN (CCVPN), as well as enhancements to cloud-native VPN. Additionally, the organization’s compliance and verification program recently announced its expansion into virtual network functions (VNF) testing and is now recruiting Beta participants. VNF testing will help ease deployment pains and improve VNF quality and interoperability across real-world deployments.

“New and enhanced deployments of our platforms are popping up every day across the globe, and with tighter cross-community integration and an expanded compliance and verification program, we are well-positioned to facilitate innovative industry progress,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, networking, the Linux Foundation. “The latest releases of ONAP and OPNFV usher in a new era for LFN as the community continues to foster an expanding commercial ecosystem.”

“We are pleased with the continued growth and the diversity of contributors to ONAP, a key project within Linux Foundation Networking. The Casablanca release is a major step forward for this effort.  With wide-scale service provider and equipment supplier participation, ONAP is becoming the de facto automation platform for carrier grade service provider networks,” said Chris Rice, senior vice president of Network Cloud & Infrastructure at AT&T and Board Chair, LF Networking. “AT&T remains committed to actively contributing new code; leading technical areas; partnering on new 5G initiatives; orchestrating services across VNFs, PNFs, and soon CNFs (Container Network Functions), as well as developing leading edge, model driven platform enhancements like the Controller Design Studio.”

New Platform Releases Enhance Deployability

Together, LFN projects are crossing the open networking chasm by maturing capabilities that enhance deployability across an expanding commercial ecosystem. Supported by a growing list of top vendors, carriers, and other organizations, ONAP which brings together top global carriers and vendors with the goal of allowing end users to automate, design, orchestrate and manage services and virtual functions has expanded into a truly scalable platform with multiple, parallel threads. OPNFV a system-level integrations, deployment, testing and feature development project advances the state of NFV around cloud native and moves toward implementing continuous delivery (CD) to better support DevOps (a model that is growing importance to communication service providers) and infrastructure automation.

Key enhancements included in each release:

  • ONAP Casablanca introduces two new blueprints, sets the stage for a rich VNF ecosystem to emerge around ONAP, demonstrates community expansion, and adds new functionality making ONAP suitable for global deployment.
  • Building on a common theme of automation enhancements across LFN, OPNFV Gambia progresses the state of NFV around continuous delivery, cloud native network functions (CNFs), testing, carrier-grade NFVI features and upstream project integration. OPNFV was a pioneer with NFV continuous integration and is now taking a first step towards DevOps and continuous delivery.

Compliance and Verification Expands

Concurrently, expansion of the OPNFV Verification Program (OVP) is underway. Initially started as a program to test and verify the readiness and availability of commercial NFV NFVI/VIM products based on OPNFV functional testing capabilities, OVP is broadening its purview in 2019 to include testing and verification of VNF applications as well as third-party lab support. VNF testing will soon be in beta with active code that includes VNFSDK testing code. Vendors are encouraged to participate by submitting their VNFs for early testing to help shape the direction and future of virtualized deployments.

More details on ONAP Casablanca are available at this link and details on OPNFV Gambia can be found here. To learn about how to get involved in the compliance and verification program or to submit a VNF for testing send queries to verified@opnfv.org.  

Accenture Joins LFN

Additionally, LFN is excited to announce that Accenture has joined the project at the Gold level. Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Accenture joins additional Gold members Aptira, Inocybe Technologies, Lumina Networks, Microsoft and Telstra.

“ONAP continues to make great progress to help the industry evolve toward programmable network platform architecture via groundbreaking innovation and the ability to orchestrate cross-domain services,” said Amol Phadke, a managing director at Accenture and the company’s Global Network Strategy and Portfolio lead. “We are bringing a comprehensive and customizable ‘as a Service’ solution to the ONAP community that service providers can leverage and operationalize using a vendor-agnostic open-source approach.”  

Upcoming Community Events

LFN will be onsite at KubeCon+CloudNativeCon North America in Seattle, December 10-13, 2018. Join us to learn how LFN projects enable cloud native network functions (CNFs) and integrate across the container landscape. More information about the event, including registration, full agenda and details on the co-located FD.io Mini Summit, are available here: https://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/kubecon-cloudnativecon-north-america-2018/.

The next ONAP Developer Design Forum will be conducted jointly with the OPNFV Gambia Plugfest in Paris, France from January 8-11, 2019. The event  will focus on Dublin release planning and explore various synergies with OPNFV as well as provide a forum for beta testing VNF compliance. Both members and non-members are welcome to attend the co-located events. Learn more here: https://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/onap-ddf-opnfv-plugfest/.

Supporting Comments from LFN  Members:

https://www.onap.org/announcement/2018/12/04/onap-casablanca-supporting-comments-from-members.

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Additional Resources

Download ONAP Casablanca

Get the ONAP Architectural Whitepaper

Get the ONAP 5G Blueprint Overview

Get the ONAP CCVPM Blueprint Overview

Download OPNFV Gambia

OPNFV Verified Program

Join LFN as a Member

 

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