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NFV Specs/Open Source

ONOS Lets Emu Run Free

Hot news, animal and software lovers! The ONOS open source development community has released the latest (fifth) version of the SDN Network Operating System that has been gaining supporters and momentum during 2015.

And we couldn't be happier that ONOS has called this latest version Emu, because Light Reading is a big fan of Dromaius novaehollandiae.

Not your average SDN Operating System...
Not your average SDN Operating System...

You can read the full and very extensive details of the Emu release in the almost never-ending press release -- see ONOS Unveils Latest SDN OS Release, Emu -- but three developments that we think will be important for the New IP community in 2016 caught our eye:

  • The introduction of the Central Office Re-Architected as a Data Center (CORD) use case -- an important step for operators, such as AT&T and SK Telecom, that are looking at how to develop a distributed data center architecture;
  • Support for OPNFV, the NFV infrastructure (NFVi) initiative that has also gained support this year;
  • Support for OpenStack, which, despite its current shortcomings, is set to play a major role in future commercial communications networks.

Here's a statement from the Emu announcement that brings these things together:

    In order to become a controller option with OPNFV's upcoming Brahmaputra release, Emu can integrate with OPNFV and OpenStack to provide an easy pathway to future VNFaaS [virtual network function as a service] and NFV management and orchestration capabilities. In addition, SK Telecom is leading a project called Simplified Overlay Networking Architecture (SONA), which will ease deployment of software defined data centers, where they have provided OpenStack Switching and OpenStack interfaces for CORD.

Watch out for further iterations of ONOS in 2016 and the identities of its supporters.

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— Ray Le Maistre, Circle me on Google+ Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profile, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

mwagner919 12/8/2015 | 5:01:17 PM
Not the best choice Perhaps not the best choice of mascots. Emus are noted for low intelligence. :)
Ariella 12/3/2015 | 1:38:48 PM
Re: CORD and the central office/local exchange @Ray great title. We'll have to watch for further developments from ONOS
[email protected] 12/3/2015 | 12:15:59 PM
CORD and the central office/local exchange I expect there will be other development related to the 'future of the central office' during the course of 2016 but ONOS CORD has stolen a march. I think this is going to be a  mASSIVE topic next year and very important for telco cloud developments.
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