& cplSiteName &

Google: OpenConfig Grows, Goes Commercial

Carol Wilson
2/19/2015
50%
50%

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The New IP -- The informal gathering of networking giants now known as OpenConfig has produced vendor-neutral configuration and operational state models for border gateway protocol (BGP) and routing that are already being implemented by Google and will be used natively in vendor gear and in other networks this year, Google's principal architect said here today.

Bikash Koley, who is also manager of network architecture for Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), kicked off The New IP event with a rapid-fire keynote that spanned the short history of the effort to produce open data models that ultimately enable a programmable management plane for large-scale complex networks of thousands of devices from multiple vendors. (See Google, AT&T, BT Unite on Network Data Models.)

Since the last public statement on its successful launch of a vendor-neutral Yang model called BGP Configuration Model for Service Provider Networks, the OpenConfig effort has added new members to the original partnership of Google, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA). Those include Cox Communications Inc. , Facebook , Level 3 Communications Inc. (NYSE: LVLT), Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) and Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK). The group has also added Yang models for routing policies, he said.

By focusing engineering resources without "paperwork, papers signed or lawyers involved," this diverse set of large network operators has moved quickly to enable Yang-based data models that essentially apply the principles of SDN to configuration management, making it easier to manage multi-vendor network platforms and devices across large-scale global networks.

"The same kind of management principles we have applied to the network in SDN need to be applied to the whole network, not individual devices," Koley said. "The only way we have been able to do this is through network abstractions and APIs."


Zoom in on carrier SDN strategies in the dedicated SDN content page here on Light Reading.

The OpenConfig work is being published through GitHub-based open source process -- the code is here, but available on an invite-only basis -- and service providers are downloading it, Koley noted. The group has already reached out to its vendors and is working with the vendor community to make sure the models it develops are actually workable in the real world, he said.

The idea is not to replace the standards process -- OpenConfig has already presented its BGP data model to the IETF, for example -- but to speed it up and augment that work, Koley noted.

Next up for the group, in addition to continual expansion of members, is to address data models for MPLS/TE and a device meta-model. Both of those are in progress, Koley said, as well as additional data models, and more extended native implementation discussions with multiple vendors.

— Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading

(3)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
DHagar
50%
50%
DHagar,
User Rank: Light Sabre
2/23/2015 | 1:39:03 PM
Re: Google: OpenConfig Grows
jq4ym, yes - you are right.  They have found a smart way to create value in the open systems space and are profiting from it.  As I think open configuration will continue to appeal and grow, they will likely benefit by serving the customers' desire for open systems and choice.
kq4ym
50%
50%
kq4ym,
User Rank: Light Sabre
2/21/2015 | 10:12:58 PM
Re: Google: OpenConfig Grows
Somehow, in my mind at least, it seem only natural that Google would be entirely comfortable with OpenConfig. Relying as they have on the success at structuring what used to be unstructured search and the vast constributions of others to their business model. Google certainly sees great benefits of heading in this direction.
DHagar
50%
50%
DHagar,
User Rank: Light Sabre
2/19/2015 | 7:59:25 PM
Re: Google: OpenConfig Grows
Carol, what a smart design.  That appears to be an excellent way to drive the market.  I really like the innovative way they have built their network on the core engineering resources.  It seems to me that this will find good results and truly advance the market.
From The Founder
Either we perform a complete 'factory reset' on the way the telecom industry creates and deploys virtualization, or we face the consequences.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
LRTV Custom TV
The Urgency of Commercial 5G Services

4|26|17   |     |   (0) comments


The progress of 5G has been closely monitored in the industry. At the 2017 Brooklyn 5G Summit, the sense of urgency for a commercial 5G launch had started to surface among operators.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
How Diversity Helps Comcast Mirror Its Customer Base

4|26|17   |   2:55   |   (0) comments


Diversity brings innovation, creative ideas and a way to reflect the broad spectrum of your customer base, Comcast Director of Customer Experience Jenelle Champlin says.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Mobile Operators & Video

4|25|17   |     |   (0) comments


Ovum's Ed Barton discusses the latest mobile operator strategies for mobile video.
LRTV Custom TV
Infinera Introduces Instant Network

4|20|17   |     |   (1) comment


Mike Capuano, vice president of marketing at Infinera, discusses the advancement from Instant Bandwidth to new Instant Network capabilities, which include Bandwidth License Pools, Moveable Licenses and Automated Capacity Engineering (ACE).
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Vodafone's Eubank on Sponsors, Mentors & Moving On Up

4|19|17   |   4:25   |   (0) comments


Vodafone America's Head of Operations Kimberly Eubank breaks down the difference between a sponsor and a mentor and shares why both made a big difference in her career.
LRTV Custom TV
NYC Auto Show: Are We Smart Yet?

4|18|17   |     |   (0) comments


The auto industry is facing some big transformations as electric vehicles, autonomous technology and connected cars are seen as the future of the industry. During the much-anticipated NY international auto show, there was an emergence of new technology and mobility service on the show floor. Aside from performance, brands like Lincoln, Hyundai, Honda, Mercedes and ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
The Impact of Video

4|18|17   |     |   (0) comments


David Mercer from Strategy Analytics discusses the impact of video on current strategies.
LRTV Custom TV
Pardeep Kohli Discusses Network Transformation & the Market Opportunity for the 'New' Mavenir Systems

4|13|17   |     |   (0) comments


In a brief discussion at MWC 2017, Heavy Reading analyst Adi Kishore talks to Pardeep Kohli, CEO, Mavenir Systems about the creation of the 'new Mavenir' and some of the key challenges facing operators in today's market. A key theme of the discussion centers around operator need for software-only, virtualized solutions and how they will need to adapt to ...
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Tech Maverick Shares Her Tips for Gender Inclusivity

4|12|17   |   7:28   |   (0) comments


Wendy Hall Bohling, a corporate escapee, author and gender exclusivity consultant, tells her story of sexism, bias and progress along the road to gender equality in the workforce.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei at MWC 2017

4|11|17   |     |   (0) comments


At Mobile World Congress 2017, the biggest mobile industry gathering of the year, Huawei showcased its new innovations and solutions with the theme "Open Road," which focuses on cloud, 5G, operation transformation, videos and consumer-oriented products. Its campaign has been recognized by three awards given by GSMA.
LRTV Custom TV
China Telecom NFV Infrastructure on RSD

4|6|17   |     |   (0) comments


Lynn Comp, senior director of market development of Intel, is joined by Chong Zhang, storage engineer at Inspur and Ou Li Yan, architect for technology strategies of China Telecom, for a discussion of what NFV brings.
LRTV Custom TV
Nokia's IMPACT Software Demo

4|6|17   |     |   (0) comments


Khamis Abulgubein of IoT market development at Nokia demonstrates IMPACT (intelligent management platform for all connected things), a software solution with a horizontal approach to managing any device on any application.
Upcoming Live Events
May 15-17, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
May 15, 2017, Brazos Hall - Austin, TX
May 15, 2017, Austin Convention Center - Austin, TX
June 6, 2017, The Joule Hotel, Dallas, TX
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
With the mobile ecosystem becoming increasingly vulnerable to security threats, AdaptiveMobile has laid out some of the key considerations for the wireless community.
Hot Topics
Surprise! AT&T Markets 4G Advances as '5G Evolution'
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 4/25/2017
Did Verizon Outbid AT&T for Straight Path?
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 4/25/2017
First Year TIPs the Scale Toward Success
Denise Culver, 4/24/2017
Verizon: Small Biz in Cybercrooks' Crosshairs
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 4/27/2017
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
One of the nice bits of my job (other than the teeny tiny salary, obviously) is that I get to pick and choose who I interview for this slot on the Light Reading home ...
TEOCO Founder and CEO Atul Jain talks to Light Reading Founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the challenges around cost control and service monetization in the mobile and IoT sectors.
Live Digital Audio

Playing it safe can only get you so far. Sometimes the biggest bets have the biggest payouts, and that is true in your career as well. For this radio show, Caroline Chan, general manager of the 5G Infrastructure Division of the Network Platform Group at Intel, will share her own personal story of how she successfully took big bets to build a successful career, as well as offer advice on how you can do the same. We’ll cover everything from how to overcome fear and manage risk, how to be prepared for where technology is going in the future and how to structure your career in a way to ensure you keep progressing. Chan, a seasoned telecom veteran and effective risk taker herself, will also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air.