Linux Foundation’s Open Network Automation Platform Issues Debut Amsterdam Release

The Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) is out with is first real release, dubbed Amsterdam.

ONAP was first formed by the Linux Foundation in February 2017 as a consolidation of the AT&T-led ECOMP and China Mobile-led OPEN-O network automation projects. An initial code release release from ONAP came out in April, but the new Amsterdam release is the first full platform milestone.

Arpit Joshipura, general manager, networking and orchestration, at The Linux Foundation told EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet that there were 538 contributors from 46 member organization that helped to develop the ONAP Amsterdam release. Joshipura explained that a core design goal for ONAP was to decouple and modularize elements of the OPEN-O and ECOMP project to enable agility and further development.

“This is more than just ECOMP and OPEN-O, there is new code and functionality that doesn’t exist in either of the original projects,” Mazin Gilbert, ONAP Technical Steering Committee (TSC) chair, and vice president, advanced technology, at AT&T Labs, told EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet. “So in the end what we have is the best of both worlds from ECOMP and OPEN-O, plus new functionality.”

The actual ONAP Amsterdam release is abstracted from any one specific programming language, thanks in part to the use of Docker containers.

From an architecture perspective, there are several key elements to the ONAP Amsterdam platform. Gilbert explained that there are Design-Time services that include resource onboarding, service and product design as well as policy creation and validation.

Run-Time services pull from an ONAP catalog, and provide orchestration and management of the services. There are also common services across ONAP deployment including data movement as a Platform (DMaaP), logging and a microservices bus. The ONAP platform also plugs into various third-party controllers and can run on multiple types of cloud including OpenStack, Amazon and Microsoft Azure.

AT&T is already using ONAP in early deployments as are Orange, China Mobile, Bell and Vodafone.

The next major release for ONAP is currently scheduled for the summer of 2018 and is code-named Beijing. That release will further add incremental functionality to ONAP for 5G, as well as enterprise use-cases.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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