Another boost this week for the network virtualisation movement comes with Release ONE of ETSI’s Open Source MANO (OSM) group of its OSM. This open source Management and Orchestration (MANO) software stack focuses on helping accelerate the implementation of network virtualisation.
The OSM community is one of the fast growing NFV and SDN open source projects with 46 members including many of the leading global operators. Its aim is to deliver a production-quality open source MANO stack that meets the requirements of commercial NFV networks. Release ONE comes less than six months since the inaugural meeting of the OSM community.
The work is closely aligned with the activities within ETSI’s NFV group, but OSM is uniquely led by operators. With such a large number and diversity of contributors, in the early months work has focused on cutting code, with freedom to make technical progress.
Supporters say it has been engineered, tested and documented to allow for rapid installation in operator labs worldwide that want a scalable and interoperable open source MANO environment.
Release ONE improves interoperability with components like VNFs, VIMs and SDN controllers, and creates a plug-in framework to make platform maintenance and extensions easier to provide and support. Its native support for VIMs covers VMware, OpenStack and OpenVIM. Support for SDN controllers covers OpenDayLight and FloodLight. It is also expected to improve administrator and developer usability and installation procedure while improving the modelling of virtual network functions (VNFs) and network services.
The output of this work is expected to feed into ETSI NVF standardisation.
Communication Service Providers are embracing NFV for transformational change. Open frameworks like OSM can help speed up this transformation through an open standards-based approach with the potential for faster service innovation and reliability.
To ensure that OSM interoperates successfully with multiple types of VIMs and NFV infrastructures, the OSM group is building a dedicated network of remote labs with different combinations of NFV infrastructure and VIMs connected over a virtual network. Running OSM instances at ETSI can enable interaction with remote labs for integration and interoperability testing.