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October 2019

Scaling the Heights with the ONAP El Alto Release

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I’m pleased to report that the ONAP Technical Steering Committee signed-off on the 5th ONAP Release, El Alto, last week on October 24th, 2019.

El Alto, meaning “The Heights” in Spanish, is a city in Bolivia that represents the highest major metropolis in the world (4,150 m).

Originally considered to be a catch up release with no new blueprints or features and a compressed timeline, the ONAP community definitely reached “the heights” of open source development by delivering 2500+ epics, user stories, tasks, and defects addressed, marking a significant advance to the platform.

El Alto is driven by three themes:

  • Security by Design – seeking to make components with fewer vulnerabilities and more impervious to attack
  • Document as You Code – improving documentation, developing new user guides, and integrating Swagger for API documentation
  • Don’t Break the Build – increasing test coverage and E2E Test automation

El Alto also delivers several enhancements to existing features like Controller Designer Studio, UI Data Dictionary Screen Improvements for resource creation, HEAT & TOSCA based VNF validation enabled for support of OVP & CVC, VNF Preload Generation, and much more.

Finally, many tooling and process improvements were identified and implemented during this release such as doing Self-Serve project releases (increasing flexibility and responsiveness) and Release Automation Management that will directly benefit the upcoming releases.  And for the first time, we were able to executed a 4 month release cycle instead of the usual 6 months.

I invite you to learn more about the El Alto Release here: https://www.onap.org/software.

What can you expect in the next ONAP Release, called “Frankfurt”?

The ONAP Technical Steering Committee is in the final stages of prioritizing the use cases and the requirements submitted by the ONAP Community. A new blue print, Third Party Operational Manager, will be contributed by Telstra while China Mobile will extend their CCVPN Blueprint, E-Line over OTN. Further enhancements are expected to improve PNF Management, Control Loop Self-Serve capabilities, our journey towards ETSI Alignment, and industry alignment with ORAN, amongst others.

The rise of open source communities increases the cross-collaboration willingness such as 5G/ORAN & 3GPP Harmonization, Acumos DCAE Integration.

On behalf of the ONAP TSC, I offer my sincere thanks to the ONAP Community for making this possible. The team’s tenacity and continued hard efforts have led to another successful release.

Way to go team! Let’s keep the ball rolling into Frankfurt!