ONF/ON.Lab Combo Showcases SDN Innovation
The "new" Open Networking Foundation (ONF) will use this week's Open Networking Summit to debut its new structure and a new release for ONOS (Open Network Operating System), as well as lay out the path for both its SDN controller and the CORD (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter) strategy, ONF leaders say.
Speaking in advance of this week's event in Santa Clara, Aseem Parikh, vice president of Solutions & Partnerships, and Timon Sloane, vice president of Standards and Membership at Open Networking Foundation , said progress is continuing on the formal merger process between the ONF and ON.Lab, which was announced in October 2016 and expected to close this summer. (See SDN Champions ONF & ON.Lab Tie the Knot.)
But even in advance of that consummation, the ONF is building on the CORD and ONOS platforms to offer both existing use cases and what it calls "Open Innovation Pipeline Solutions." (See ONOS Project Announces New Release.)
"We are announcing a packet optical solution based on ONOS, and we are demonstrating that at the show with NTT," Sloane tells Light Reading. "On the CORD front, we are rolling out rapidly. Seventy percent of operators are planning to deploy CORD, but even so, not everyone understands what it is all about, so we are hoping to educate more people there. People don't realize it is a curated cloud-native platform, a curated collection of dozens of open source projects."
One of the things that has made CORD attractive to operators is that it's a complete solution, he says -- a cloud-native data center for the operator edge that enables "inline processing of subscribers as they go on and off the operator network."
Sloane adds: "I think this is often misunderstood. CORD is the total stack: OpenStack plus extensions to make it work in the operator environment; a full DevOps that everyone is after in the cloud world; networking is in there as a critical component, along with others; and service creation, which is where XOS fits [in] ... it is what provides the microservice capabilities. And then a whole pile of infrastructure stuff -- [all of] that together creates a complete solution," Sloane adds. "You can leverage all of that and get started right away." (See CORD Announces New Collaborators.)
The intent of the Open Innovation Pipeline is to make it easier for operators to join the ONF and participate in its open source processes, using a variety of specific uses cases as the lure, he adds.
"The Open Innovation Pipeline solutions are based on the different platforms," Sloane comments. "R-CORD, M-CORD and the like are packaged solutions that leverage the platform, plug in specific VNFs, define specific services and provide distributions that you can download, install and bring up one of these solutions. And ONOS, the same, there are a number of solutions there -- packet-optical and spine-leaf solutions are the primaries. And we are in the process of extending as we go forward on both fronts."
Today's ONOS release includes a range of features aimed at both the pure-play SDN deployments, where ONOS has been strong in the past, and at "Incremental" SDN, which adds software-defined networking as a configuration tool of legacy or brownfield networks. The latter includes dynamic configuration capabilities built on a new ONOS ability to pull in existing Netconf/Yang models that are specific to devices in use and manage those models, to be able to configure those devices within the network. That ability lets ONOS manage brownfield networks alongside white boxes, in a single network configuration strategy. (See ONOS Project Announces New Release.)
As part of this week's "coming out" for the new ONF, the organization is holding two mini-summits at the end of the week, as well as six showcase demos at the Open Networking Summit in addition to the NTT demo, Parikh said.
— Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading