Linux Foundation Forms ONAP Project
February 23, 2017
Linux Foundation has merged the open source ECOMP and Open Orchestrator
Project (OPEN-O) to create the new Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP)
Project. ONAP will allow end users to automate, design, orchestrate, and
manage services and virtual functions.
AT&T, China Mobile and the world's leading operators are driving ONAP
with a diverse group of founding members. Founding Platinum members
include Amdocs, AT&T, Bell Canada, China Mobile, China Telecom, Cisco,
Ericsson, GigaSpaces, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Nokia, Orange, Tech Mahindra,
VMware and ZTE. Silver members of ONAP are ARM, BOCO Inter-Telecom,
Canonical, China Unicom, Cloudbase Solutions, Metaswitch and Raisecom.
"By combining two of the largest open source networking initiatives, the
community is able to take advantage of the best architectural components
of both projects," said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of The Linux
Foundation. "We're excited to see the industry coalesce around ONAP with
this unprecedented merger. Such a broad effort and investment will
expedite our vision to deliver an open platform for network automation."
Alignment of the two projects creates a harmonized and comprehensive
framework for real-time, policy-driven software automation of virtual
network functions that will enable software, network, IT and cloud
providers and developers to rapidly create new services. By
consolidating member resources, ONAP is well positioned to deliver a
unified architecture and implementation, with an open standards upstream
focus, faster than any one project could on its own.
Linux Foundation will establish a governance and membership structure
for ONAP to nurture a vibrant technical community. A Governing Board
will guide business decisions, marketing and ensure alignment between
the technical communities and members. The technical steering committee
will provide leadership on the code merge and guide the technical
direction of ONAP.
Many ONAP members and developers working to advance this sophisticated
automation platform will be participating in the upcoming Mobile World
Congress, to be held February 27-March 2 in Barcelona, and Open
Networking Summit (ONS), to be held April 3-6 in Santa Clara, CA.
Anthony Goonetilleke, Group President, Amdocs Technology said, "The
merging of open source ECOMP and OPEN-O will create the de facto
industry standard for NFV/SDN automation and accelerate industry
adoption by service providers and the vendor ecosystem. Open source
ECOMP brings a holistic approach based on production-proven
software--the foundation upon which ONAP is being developed. As
co-creator of ECOMP along with AT&T, we bring core platform expertise
and a unique end-to-end perspective that enables the ONAP project to
deliver tangible value to global service providers and provide
innovative virtual services faster."