DevOps in Service Chains and 5G Network Slices

Your guide to putting that term “DevOps” into practice with automated active testing and monitoring

DevOps is a well-known discipline in enterprises and cloud service providers, but the term has made a fairly new debut on the telecommunications scene. Software has been eating the world for some time now but it’s only just begun to sample the networking world. Consequently, the term, “DevOps” is now being thrown around a lot. It is like the “NFV” of 2017. With the title of this article, you can see that we are obviously guilty of using it too. To validate our use of the term in the title of our new proof of concept, DevOps in Service Chains and 5G Network Slices, we have decided to describe exactly what it means in the context of this PoC and outline its importance to service providers in achieving service agility and ensuring great quality of experience for their customers.  

RADCOM’s MaveriQ: Virtualized Customer Experience Management & Service Assurance on Open Source MANO

Written by Mark Rolston, Marketing Manager at RADCOM

RADCOM is excited to be part of a community that is collaborating to enable the transformation to virtualized networks. Providing an Open Source MANO (OSM) will accelerate this transformation as it creates an open, standards-based orchestration environment that covers both Resource and Service Orchestration to allow automated deployment and interconnection of all components, both for NFV network scenarios and the management of Network Service lifecycles; delivering network automation, service agility and significant OPEX and CAPEX savings for CSPs.  

It may not be the Super Bowl, but ETSI NFV PlugTests Tackles Interoperability on a Big Stage

George Hamilton, RIFT.io

Written by George Hamilton, RIFT.io, VP marketing

One core tenant of marketing that I learned long ago is that marketing is 10% strategy and 90% blocking and tackling. For those not familiar with the terminology of American football, it simply means that a good game plan and skilled players who score points often get the glory, but the real work that often determines success are the less glamorous tasks of blocking and tackling. And this truism transcends marketing. In any endeavor, a strategy is only as good as its execution and the preparation that takes place before game day. 

Yes, the Super Bowl is February 5th, and I started with this adage because I see that ETSI and the Open Source MANO community have taken it to heart. Over the past year, while the industry has seen its share of marketing hype, the OSM community has been doing the hard work of developing working code and bringing together diverse organizations to test software and facilitate interoperability among all the working parts of a successful NFV deployment. This is embodied in the recently launched first ETSI NFV Plugtests event

Meeting the Challenge of Open Source

Luis Jorge Romero

Luis Jorge Romero, ETSI Director General

When ETSI created its first Open Source group last year, many in the industry were surprised. Open Source MANO was ETSI’s first real step into Open Source, although the subject has long been discussed. I would say it was a necessary step for ETSI.

In the past, Open Source was somehow seen as a rival to standards. It wasn’t just that the economic and licensing models were different, the working methods and makeup of the communities were also quite different. Today, however, Open Source is broadly accepted as having its place in almost all areas of software development. Our standards are increasingly implemented in software. Our industry members have embraced Open Source. ETSI needs to evolve in pace with its members.

ETSI’s future lies in our ability to attract new communities and evolve to meet the needs of new members. This includes learning from the experience of others and adapting our ways of working. The world of Open Source has developed tools and processes to aid collaborative development of software by remote developers. Standards development often faces similar problems: building and attracting communities, ensuring quality of work, completeness and meeting time to market demands. We must be prepared to redesign our ways of working to take account of best practice, wherever it may lie.

In the case of Open Source MANO, we needed quickly to learn new ways. We have had to be flexible and adapt our procedures, our support levels and our IT infrastructure to meet the expectations of this new community. We have adopted all the Open Source tools with which the community is used to working. We’ve been willing to push for the success of this group. From the feedback they give me, I think we have succeeded.

ETSI is serious in this new approach. We anticipate that industry may want to follow with other Open Source initiatives in the wake of Open Source MANO. If this is the case, then we’re ready!

Year 1: OSM races out of the starting gates to shape global MANO ecosystem

Written by Chris Buerger, Intel, Chair OSM Marcom Task Force

Speed matters. In software development, no matter whether it is proprietary or open source, early success is often defined in the same way as an Olympic 100-meter dash. The first few steps out of the starting block are critical in quickly getting to the 100m point. The race then changes once this has been accomplished – the straight line race track starts to curve and a group of runners settles in to run the distance and find success at the finish line. 

To me, the first year of OSM bears a number of similarities to a 100-meter race, and as the year 2017 has just started, I am taking some time to reflect on what we have jointly accomplished since the inception of the OSM community and outline a number of personal thoughts on key themes for this new year.

Not to wax nostalgic, but looking back at 2016 does showcase a number of accomplishments that would be the envy of the majority of open source communities. From the first public OSM demonstration at the end of February at MWC 2016, to creating two OSM releases that have been downloaded more than 2000 times from 50+ countries, to capturing the interest of 55 organizations that have joined OSM, we have much to be proud of. On the technical side, the creation of a well-functioning, one-step installable, multi-VIM, multi-SDN controller OSM Release ONE that incorporates information models commonly agreed upon by a group of operators and solution vendors stands out to me. On the community engagement side, the OSM workshop at SDN World Congress in The Hague, the launch of the new website, quarterly newsletters, the OSM Twitter channel and, personally most important, the contributions of an awesome group of marketing professionals to create awareness and excitement for OSM top my list.

Year 2 will be different. Speed still matters, but it will be accompanied by well-measured collaboration activities to take the OSM software stack through the standard lab/field/production deployment cycle with service providers engaging in MANO. Interoperability, stability, security and the size and maturity of the commercial support ecosystem for OSM will become key themes on the road to production deployments. New use cases and network service scenarios from the broader community will tie the code base to its economic value. I expect that OSM’s guiding principle of modularity for any software component will provide additional choice and capabilities. 

In addition, as a result of the success of broadly observed initiatives such as Telefonica’s UNICA program, a set of existing and new community members will choose to actively invest time and contribute engineering expertise and code as purchase points for OSM proliferate across the globe. ETSI’s groups for NFV and MANO will receive an increasing amount of input based on the pragmatic results of the work within OSM.

So speed and timing will still matter as OSM turns its sights from a 100-meter dash to a 10k race in 2017. I believe that as with other successful software development initiatives, collaborative and reliable execution and a singular focus on unlocking OSM’s economic value for the entire community over the next 5-10 years will set us apart. OSM’s accomplishment in getting out of the starting block with speed and clear direction is the best indicator for continued success in 2017 and beyond.

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