The Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project – which is developing a unified platform for end-to-end, closed-loop network automation – has announced the availability of its second software release, ONAP Beijing, which focuses on new platform and process enhancements to ensure scalability, security, stability and performance in support of real-world deployments.
The release also evolves the platform toward container-based implementations, and provides robust documentation and training for VNF developers, service designers, and operations managers.
“The Beijing release ushers in the next phase of ONAP,” said Mazin Gilbert, ONAP Technical Steering Committee (TSC) Chair, and VP of Advanced Technology at AT&T Labs. “The technical enhancements in this release focus on enhancing the stability and deployability of the platform. In addition, the community has focused on supporting users in their adoption journey with the delivery of several new ‘Getting Started’ guides as well as online and in-person introductory training options.”
Specific platform and feature enhancements of the Beijing release include the ONAP Operations Manager, which supports the migration to microservices-based deployments on Kubernetes.
ONAP has also collaborated with MEF and TM Forum on external APIs, ensuring those frameworks and APIs can communicate seamlessly with the ONAP platform.
Starting with the Beijing release, the ONAP development process measures improvements in seven key operational parameters (usability, security, manageability, stability, scalability, performance and resiliency) for each platform module.
The Beijing release brings advanced platform stability and resiliency based on deployment of the ONAP Operations Manager (OOM) and the Multi-Site State Coordination Service (MUSIC) projects.
ONAP OOM enables ONAP modules to be run on Kubernetes, contributing to availability, resilience, scalability and more for ONAP deployments and sets the stage for full implementation of a microservices architecture, expected with the third release, Casablanca. MUSIC is an optional new solution for state management of ONAP components across geographically distributed sites, ensuring federated active-active operation without degrading performance, reliability and availability.
As security is a key element of the CI framework, the project has adopted CII (Core Infrastructure Initiative) badging as part of its release requirements. CII is a project managed by The Linux Foundation that collaboratively works to improve the security and resilience of critical open source projects.
LF Networking– a Linux Foundation entity that brings together six networking projects (including ONAP) to increase harmonization across platforms, communities and ecosystems – now enables more than 65% of the world’s mobile subscribers, as well as global enterprises and cloud providers serving hundreds of millions of customers.
The Linux Foundation says that organizations spanning every aspect of the ecosystem (vendors, telecommunication providers, cable and cloud operators, NFV vendors and solution providers) continue to leverage ONAP for commercial products and services. Also, the Beijing release code is being integrated into new and existing proofs of concept and production deployment plans for large global carriers like AT&T, Bell Canada, China Mobile, China Telecom, Orange, Reliance Jio, Verizon, Vodafone, Turk Telecom, among others.