Activity report 2018

ETSI Open Source MANO (OSM)

Chairman: Francisco-Javier Ramón Salguero, Telefonica S.A.

Established to develop an Open Source Management and Orchestration (MANO) stack aligned with ETSI Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) information models, which meets the requirements of production NFV networks.

ETSI is actively exploring synergies between the worlds of Open Source and standardization in its work on NFV. Two key components of ETSI’s NFV architectural framework are the NFV orchestrator and the virtualized network function manager – known collectively as the NFV Management and Orchestration, or MANO.

To enable accelerated standardization with a fast feedback loop to ISG NFV, our Open Source MANO group (ETSI OSM) is developing a software reference implementation example for the ETSI NFV MANO, according to accepted Open Source working procedures and using a software development platform which we host and manage.

As an operator-led community, ETSI OSM offers a production-quality Open Source MANO stack that meets the requirements of commercial NFV networks. ETSI OSM is a community driven effort that aims to offer a production-quality Open Source MANO stack that meets the requirements of commercial NFV networks.

In July 2018, OSM welcomed its hundredth participating organization, with this figure passing 110 by the end of the year.

Published in December 2018, OSM Release FIVE – available at osm.etsi.org – marked a significant step towards 5G network deployments. Release FIVE extends OSM’s capabilities beyond virtual domains, expanding them across transport networks; as well as physical and hybrid network elements. It also embraces a new micro-service architecture, making it ideal choice for 5G scenarios, distributed/Edge deployments and a wide range of Network as a Service (NaaS) offerings. Other 5G-friendly features include support for network slicing; dynamic creation of inter-datacentre connections across heterogeneous Wide Area Networks and extended monitoring capabilities.

Open Source collaboration is also a hallmark of our popular Hackathons and Hackfest events that provide a platform for the IT development community to validate ETSI specifications through a series of live demonstrations and practical challenges. In October 2018 we held our 4th OSM Hackfest in Palo Alto, USA. 

Collaboration with other projects and bodies remains a key aspect of our work. During the year we maintained close links between our ETSI NFV ISG and our Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) and Zero Touch Network and Service Management (ZSM) ISGs and other bodies dealing with 5G technologies.

In June 2018 ETSI hosted the fifth Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) Plugfest. This provided a platform for OPNFV and ETSI NFV communities to collaborate on MANO API testing, with OSM and OPNFV making progress on joint CI/CD (Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery) practices of testing. We have also been involved with other Open Source projects including OpenStack – the reference open source implementation for cloud management.

Look out for in 2019 – OSM work in progress:

  • Progress on OSM Release SIX – new capabilities and features include:
    • End-to-end orchestration across heterogeneous networks and cloud technologies
    • Easier management of complex services, with extended capabilities for Network Service primitives and extension of Service Assurance (SA) framework
    • Wider range of underlying technologies supported by OSM (new connectors and improvements from previous releases)
    • More flexible operator experience, with improved control over orchestration roles and real-time feedback
    • Streamlined VNF onboarding and testing phases
  • Upcoming OSM Hackfests