ONAP issued its second software release, Beijing, on Tuesday, with enhancements focused on making it easier for network operators to deploy the network automation platform.
ONAP’s latest release tackles the platform’s commercial readiness by implementing improvements designed for the “seven dimensions of deployability” — usability, security, manageability, stability, scalability, performance and resiliency.
“We are delighted to announce the availability of ONAP’s second release, Beijing, which advances the architecture, seven dimensions of deployability, and new automation functionality,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager of networking at The Linux Foundation, in a statement. “As a community, we celebrate the progress the Beijing release brings to the ecosystem and look forward to additional deployments of the platform.”
Beijing incorporates TM Forum’s Open APIs, which carry MEF-defined payloads, to provide the external northbound interfaces enabling orders to be placed and fulfilled, as well as to monitor quality of service. ONAP said the collaboration with MEF and TM Forum ensures those frameworks and APIs can communicate seamlessly with the ONAP platform.
A second architectural change from the first Amsterdam release ensures that ONAP operations Management (OOM) supports migration to microservices-based deployments on Kubernetes.
ONAP said the release also provides documentation and training for Virtual Network Functions (VNF) developers and operations managers.
“The Beijing release ushers in the next phase of ONAP,” said Mazin Gilbert, ONAP Technical Steering Committee Chair and VP of Advanced Technology at AT&T Labs. “The technical enhancements in this release focus on enhancing the stability and deployability of the platform. In addition, the community has focused on supporting users in their adoption journey with the delivery of several new Getting Started guides as well as online and in-person introductory training options. Together with the community, we are further establishing ONAP as the de facto standard for automation.”
ONAP named AT&T, Bell Canada, China Mobile, China Telecom, Orange, Reliance Jio, Verizon, Vodafone and Turk Telecom among the large global carriers who are integrating the Beijing release code into new and existing proofs of concept and production deployment plans.
A developer forum for the third release, Casablanca, is taking place in China next week.