Sophia Antipolis, 4 October 2016

Delivering superior interoperability, modelling and installation experience

ETSI’s Open Source MANO (OSM) group has today announced the availability of its OSM Release ONE, an open source Management and Orchestration (MANO) software stack closely aligned with ETSI NFV, and focused on helping industry accelerate the implementation of network virtualization. The OSM community aims to deliver a production-quality open source MANO stack that meets the requirements of commercial NFV networks.

Available less than six months since the inaugural meeting of the OSM community, Release ONE has been engineered, tested and documented to allow for rapid installation in operator labs worldwide that seek to create a scalable and interoperable open source MANO environment. Release ONE substantially enhances interoperability with other components (VNFs, VIMs, SDN controllers) and creates a plugin framework to make platform maintenance and extensions significantly easier to provide and support.

In addition, Release ONE improves administrator and developer experience, both in terms of usability and installation procedure as well as enhances modelling of VNFs and network services. In line with the goals of the OSM open source project, the output of this modelling work will be contributed to ETSI NFV. Release ONE also provides extremely flexible virtualized network functions (VNF) configuration and advanced networking management as well as improved troubleshooting capabilities, with advanced logging.

It’s a delight to see such a large number and diversity of contributors”, says Andy Reid, ETSI OSM vice chairman and Chief Researcher, Network Services, BT. “ETSI OSM is unique as it is an operators led group and has spent the early months working on cutting code, having great freedom to progress technical work”.

Communications Service Providers are embracing NFV to drive transformational change to their businesses,” said Gabriele Di Piazza, vice president of solutions, Telco NFV Group at VMware. “Open frameworks such as OSM will help accelerate this transformation by providing an open standards-based approach to NFV that can lead to improving the velocity of service innovation and reliability.

Highlights of the list of technical features in Release ONE include:

  • Natively supported VIMs: VMwareTM, OpenStack and OpenVIM
  • Support for reference SDN Controllers, such as OpenDayLight (ODL) and FloodLight
  • A plugin model to facilitate the addition of new types of VIMs and SDN Controllers, thus minimizing developer effort
  • Multi-site Network Services, to respond to operator requirements, allowing deployments that span across multiple datacenters
  • A one-step installer, based on containers and Juju modelling, to simplify testing, customization and deployment of OSM
  • Extended virtualized network functions (VNF) and network service models, allowing Day-Zero VNF configuration
  • OpenVIM code, included as part of the OSM install, providing a reference VIM for all-in-one installations with full support of Enhanced Platform Awareness. Uniquely, users are not required to have a pre-existing VIM installation in their premises before installing OSM

The pace of the group’s work has been amazing, and as one of the fastest growing NFV and SDN open source projects, OSM now proudly counts 46 members including many of the leading global operators” says Francisco-Javier Ramón, ETSI OSM Chair and Head of Network Virtualisation Initiative at Telefónica, Global CTO.

In order to ensure that OSM inter-operates successfully with multiple types of VIMs and NFV Infrastructures, the OSM group is building a unique network of remote labs offering different combinations of NFV Infrastructure and VIMs, connected over a virtual network. Thus, OSM instances running at ETSI can interact with the remote labs, enabling integration and inter-operability testing with all the VIMs and NFV Infrastructures available.

Learn more about OSM Release ONE and our growing community of developers and users in the latest OSM newsletter.
Note: several representatives from OSM will attend the SDN World Congress, 10-14 October, The Hague and the Openstack summit, 25-28 October, Barcelona. If you would like to interview some of them, please contact claire.boyer@etsi.org.

About ETSI
ETSI produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, aeronautical, broadcast and internet technologies and is officially recognized by the European Union as a European Standards Organization. ETSI is an independent, not-for-profit association whose more than 800 member companies and organizations, drawn from 66 countries, determine its work programme and participate directly in its work.

ETSI OSM is an operator-led ETSI community that is delivering a production-quality open source Management and Orchestration (MANO) stack aligned with ETSI NFV Information Models and that meets the requirements of production NFV networks. The list of the OSM members and participants is available at: https://portal.etsi.org/TBSiteMap/OSM/ListofOSMMembers.aspx. To learn more about OSM, please visit osm.etsi.org.

Claire Boyer
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Email: claire.boyer@etsi.org