& cplSiteName &

Verizon Weighing Open MANO Options

Carol Wilson

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Open Networking Summit -- Verizon has yet to get engaged with an open source MANO group but that isn't for lack of interest or sense of urgency, says a top executive and keynote speaker here.

Srinivasa Kalapala, vice president of global technology and supplier strategy for Verizon, tells Light Reading his company is looking very closely at the two obvious options -- the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) and Open Source MANO (OSM) -- as it sorts a path to enabling more dynamic services.

"There is a lot of due diligence, and we are looking at OSM and ONAP very closely," he says. Verizon sees OSM as mainly an orchestrator at the virtual network function (VNF) level, of VNF resources, whereas ONAP is "a comprehensive service management platform," but there are some concerns around both.

Kalapala seems to be in the position of many folks at this event -- he'd like to see harmonization at the orchestration layer, perhaps a combination of projects.

"The concern we have with ONAP is whether it is truly open," he says. "How many groups are contributing? Are we taking the modular thinking where I can bring my own things and work with modules on ONAP? With OSM, the concern is that we don't just sell VNFs, we sell services. How are you planning to do that? Are you partnering with someone else on that part?"

Want to know more about Verizon's networking strategies? Join us in Austin at the fourth-annual Big Communications Event to hear Ed Chan, Senior Vice President, Technology Strategy and Planning, Corporate Network and Technology at Verizon. There's still time to register and communications service providers get in free.

Kalapala is well aware of Verizon's need to act, however, and not interested in just waiting to see where the rest of the industry goes. "I don't think we can wait too long -- I look at orchestration to be nerve center of network management," he comments. "It has to be thoroughly planned -- we are not going to rush but we are not going to wait two years."

As he pointed out in his keynote, the challenge for operators such as Verizon isn't just to meet the massive demand for bandwidth expected in the coming years in a more efficient way. With the approaching markets for the Internet of Things, 5G and things such as augmented reality, there are going to be "other levers" that drive network services such as latency, and the ability to generate the appropriate network slices for specific services. And when five major content providers are generating 80% of the IP traffic -- think Netflix for wireline users and YouTube for wireless networks, for starters -- "we are now dealing with a lot of east-west traffic management, from peering partnerships with these companies," he noted.

"We are dealing with a different paradigm -- networks will need to be ad hoc dynamic," right to the edge, Kalapala said. "We will need a very different kind of control to manage this ecosystem."

That's one of the reasons Verizon is looking to ON.lab -- now part of the Open Networking Foundation -- and hoping to explore a new adaptation of CORD, the popular Central Office Re-architected as a Data Center project. Verizon has been working with M-CORD, but is now looking to push capabilities closer to the edge of its network.

"We are looking at CORD-based approaches -- we like CORD, but we are wondering if, in the future, I need to anchor at my CO or whether I can push even more disaggregation deeper in the network?" Kalapala says in the interview. "If I can provide connectivity and power, could we take CORD even closer to the edge?"

His other concern around open source in general is two-fold: Kalapala would like to see adoption accelerated but that will mean getting open source to work more with what's already in his network, and not just on its own in separate modules.

"I have my own platform. Why can't I run your software on my platform?" he queries. "There are issues around completeness as well. Someone offers us an open EPC [evolved packet core] but it doesn't offer multi-casting and other things Verizon needs."

That gap between what vendors can develop for paying customers and what open source develops without those resources, continues to slow open source deployments, Kalapala admits. One solution would be the rise of vendor-supported open source, such as what Red Hat delivers for Linux and OpenStack.

"We need more things like that," he comments.

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

Make sure your company and services are listed free of charge at Virtuapedia, the comprehensive set of searchable databases covering the companies, products, industry organizations and people that are directly involved in defining and shaping the virtualization industry.

(0)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
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
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
Netflix Set to Enter China
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 4/25/2017
First Year TIPs the Scale Toward Success
Denise Culver, 4/24/2017
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.