There was marked activity on the open source community front this week by ONOS and OpenDaylight, with new platform releases by both.
The Open Networking Lab's Open Network Operating System (ONOS) Project released the eighth version of its SDN platform, which it calls "Hummingbird," on Thursday.
The latest quarterly release from the ONOS Project claims higher availability and scalability, expanded southbound and northbound protocols and improved capabilities to support incremental SDN on legacy devices.
"Hummingbird is the ideal platform to deliver the full SDN value proposition to service providers," said Bill Snow, vice president of engineering at ON.Lab , in a press release. "Hummingbird delivers important advancements not only in the core control functions, but also in support of automation and configuration of legacy and OpenFlow-enabled devices to serve the growing set of use cases being tackled by service providers today and into the future."
For legacy device support, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. contributed YANG modeling and management capabilities for both northbound and southbound interfaces, in addition to support for the IEEE Abstraction and Control of Traffic Engineered Networks (ACTN).
Hummingbird also includes commercial support for ONOS with Huawei's Agile Controller 3.0 offering.
The full set of Hummingbird's features, including more on the northbound and southbound enhancements, can be downloaded here.
On Wednesday, the OpenDaylight community announced the fifth release of its SDN platform, "Boron." What's notable about the latest release from OpenDaylight (ODL) is the participation from large service providers, including AT&T, Orange, Telia, Telefonica, China Mobile and Comcast, all of which pitched in on more than half of the projects.
"One of the things we are always tracking is the size of the community and of the ecosystem," said Neela Jacques, Executive Director for OpenDaylight, said in a prepared statement. "With Boron, we have over 800 contributors as part of this release. We have three-quarters of the top 20 service providers who are giving advice but also starting to contribute. That is starting to change the relationships in the project."
Working with other open source groups and in response to user requests, the Boron release includes enhancements to cloud and NFV capabilities, as well as improvements to performance and tooling designed to simplify management of a range of use cases. Boron includes enhancements for standardizing common northbound and southbound interfaces to improve scalability, security, stability and performance.
Light Reading Editor-at-Large Carol Wilson has detailed the new features in Boron, as well as its collaborative efforts with the major telecom service providers. (See Carriers Driving ODL's Boron Release.)
More information on Boron will be forthcoming at next week's OpenDaylight Summit in Seattle.
Mike Robuck, Editor, Telco Transformation