Five Takeaways From the June 2019 LFN (ONAP) DDF/Plugfest
August 15, 2019
Amar Kapadia is the CEO and Co-Founder of Aarna Networks, a SaaS solutions provider that offers zero-touch edge and 5G services orchestration and management at scale. Amar has over 20 years of experience in networking, storage, server, and I/O technologies through marketing and engineering leadership positions at Mirantis, Emulex, Philips, and HP. Amar is the author of three books: "ONAP Demystified", "Understanding OPNFV" and "OpenStack Object Storage (Swift) Essentials," and holds an MS EE degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in San Jose, California.
There was an LFN Developer Design Forum (DDF) and Plugfest held in Stockholm in early June. These is a semi-annual event. In the past, the ONAP project had conducted DDFs and OPNFV had conducted Plugfests. This event was the first for all LFN projects. Given the history though, bulk of the activity was around ONAP and OPNFV. Here are 5 key takeaways from the event:
OVP: The community made great progress on the OPNFV Verification Program (OVP). Even though the name contains the word OPNFV, the program is broader than that. OVP started with an NFVI verification program and it now also includes VNF verification for ONAP.
ONAP real-world experience: 8 end users (AT&T, Bell Canada, China Mobile, Orange, Swisscom, Telstra, Telecom Italia, and Vodafone) provided concrete feedback on ONAP requirements. In addition, there was discussion on use case blueprints for 5G, edge computing, residential connectivity (BBS), cloud native network functions, network-as-a-service (CCVPN), and more.
ONAP planning: Various ONAP sub-projects and initiatives planned their activities for the next releases, El Alto and Frankfurt. El Alto is mostly expected to be a non-functional release focusing on S3P (scalability, security, stability, and performance) while Frankfurt will be a full blown release with functional and non-functional enhancements.
ONAP 3rd party collaboration: The ONAP community discussed how to work more closely with 3rd party standards groups such as ETSI, TM Forum, 3GPP, MEF, Broadband Forum, and others. There were similar discussions on how to collaborate further with 3rd party open source projects such as CNCF.
Other projects: OPNFV, OpenDaylight, and FD.io had discussions on their sub-project planning, upcoming releases, and non-functional enhancements such as scalability.