SAN FRANCISCO, July 31, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Building on its technical momentum and rapid community growth, the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project today announced that Comcast, Fujitsu, Infosys, Netcracker Technology and Samsung joined as new members to contribute to the open source framework for network automation.
Just six months after launching, ONAP has doubled its roster of members, community participants and projects to more than 900 contributors, 50 members and 30 projects. The addition of Comcast and major Japanese and Korean companies, illustrate ONAP’s increasingly global impact and potential to transform and automate networks with SDN/NFV.
The rapidly growing community is working to deliver a neutral automation platform for network, infrastructure and services across service providers, cloud providers and enterprises challenged to provide on-demand services profitably and competitively, while leveraging existing investments.
Combined with this solid foundation, the new members are helping fuel ONAP’s uptick on all fronts. The technical community is making swift progress on the first release, Amsterdam. Due out later this year, Amsterdam will be the first ONAP release to integrate the original OPEN-O and ECOMP code bases into a common, powerful orchestration platform. To move Amsterdamforward, the technical community met this week and plans to convene outside of Paris in late September.
Additionally, the ONAP community has banded together to establish a number of projects and technologies essential to VNF orchestration that combine key features from both the OPEN-O and ECOMP platforms. This includes a collection of tools and guidelines that are designed to help vendors create, integrate and validate their VNFs with ONAP. As part of this work, ONAP also announces the acceptance of ICE.
ICE, developed at the AT&T Foundry in Palo Alto, Calif., is an incubation and validation platform for VNF’s that the TSC recently made a part of ONAP. Now known as the VNF Validation Program (ICE) Project, it includes a defined validation process and scripts that will form the basis of the certification and self-test programs for ONAP. This new project, along with the VNF Requirements Project and the VNF SDK Project that draw on code from OPEN-O and ECOMP, will define how VNFs can obtain an ONAP Compatible Label. Additional key areas of integration include service orchestration, deployment and monitoring of VNFs along with closed loop automation.
Furthermore, several uses cases required for carrier networks of the future have also been approved by the TSC, including Residential Broadband vCPE, vFW/vDNS and VoLTE.
With a vibrant and growing community committed to ONAP’s success, more than 10 global mobile service operators representing 43 percent of the worldwide mobile market are planning to use ONAP to build and deliver the connected world of the future.
“We’re excited to add new geographic and industry perspectives to ONAP and incredibly impressed with the progress the technical community is making with the first release,” said Arpit Joshipura, General Manager, Networking at The Linux Foundation. “Our growth in the past few months alone proves telecommunications, cable/cloud operators and solution providers believe there is a clear need for a common platform for rapidly designing, implementing and managing differentiated services with meaningful cost savings.”
More about the newest members:
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed internet, and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the XFINITY brand. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions, and services. The company uses its experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with its customers. ONAP membership will help Fujitsu further advance networks for enterprises and services providers eager to adopt SDN/NFV.
Infosys is a global leader in technology services and consulting. The company enables clients in 45 countries to create and execute strategies for their digital transformation. From engineering to application development, knowledge management and business process management, Infosys helps clients find the right problems to solve, and to solve these effectively.
The ONAP platform will be beneficial to Infosys clients aiming to leverage their networks to deliver new on-demand, cloud services.
Netcracker Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, is a forward-looking software company, offering mission-critical solutions to service providers around the globe. Its comprehensive portfolio of software solutions and professional services enables large-scale digital transformations, unlocking the opportunities of the cloud, virtualization and the changing mobile ecosystem. With an unbroken service delivery track record of more than 20 years, Netcracker’s unique combination of technology, people and expertise help companies transform their networks and enable better experiences for their customers.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at http://news.samsung.com.
Samsung will jointly collaborate with many global operators and solutions providers to generate alternatives to proprietary, purpose-built orchestration tools, as well as turn APIs and an open development platform into commercial-grade solutions.
All are invited to join the ONAP Technical Steering Committee to work on this shared framework for automation of virtual network functions.