The ETSI Open Source MANO group (ETSI OSM) is making significant headway in NFV interoperability with the launch of OSM Release TWO, according to a press release issued by ETSI today.
This most recent release represents notable progress by the OSM community in delivering an open source MANO stack that aligns with ETSI NFV information models and achieves the interoperability and production-ready requirements of NFV networks. Release TWO features a number of updates, including improvements "in terms of interoperability, performance, stability, security, and resources footprint to meet operators’ requirements for trials and upcoming RFx processes," according to the release. European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has also released a white paper with a technical overview of Release TWO that discusses details about interoperability, installation and usability and more.
Among the new features available in Release TWO is support for deployment in hybrid clouds via a new Amazon Web Services plugin.
"AWS support allows automation of NFV deployments in public clouds or in hybrid multi-site scenarios so that developers and testers of OSM and NFV orchestration will no longer need to set up a private cloud to run basic NFV use cases and tests," said Andy Reid, vice chairman of ETSI OSM, in the release.
Release TWO also features improved interoperability with other components (VNFs, VIMs, SDN controllers) and a plugin framework for major SDN controllers that "has been extended with ONOS, which joins ODL [OpenDaylight] and FloodLight in the list of supported controllers," according to the release. Other new features include SDN support to interconnect high-traffic virtual network functions and on-demand underlay networks, multiple OSM installer options and network services with the capability to scale resources on demand. The changes to SDN capabilities "enable advanced types of underlay connectivity that are often unavailable in a non-customized, virtualized infrastructure manager (VIM), thus avoiding performance degradation," and achieves the first full implementation of ETSI's NFV specification as described in their NFV Performance and Portability Best Practices.
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ETSI conducted their inaugural Plugtests Event in January which tested open source projects, including ETSI OSM, Open Baton, OPEN-O and OPNFV, in addition to commercial implementations from vendors. The event focused on testing commercial and open source implementations for "interoperability, including 15 virtual network functions (VNFs), nine management and orchestration solutions and 11 NFV platforms," according to the Plugtests release
. During the Plugtests, participants conducted interoperability tests on multiple NFVI+VIM platforms and VNFs, which allowed the OSM community to prioritize features for Release TWO. The bugs in the Release ONE codebase identified during testing at the Plugtests Event have now been resolved in Release TWO, according to the ETSI white paper. (See NFV Interoperability Leaps Forward at ETSI NFV Plugtests Event
A number of organizations have joined the OSM community since Release ONE, including ATOS, CableLabs, Comarch, DataArt Solutions, Dialogic, Keynetic Technologies, Netscout, Netrounds, PacketFront Software, Radcom, Spirent Communications, TNO, Verizon, Wind River, Yotta Communications, CNIT, ZTE, Paderborn University and Seven Principles.
— Kelsey Kusterer Ziser, Senior Editor, Light Reading