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ONAP now enables more than 65% of global mobile subscribers

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The Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project has issued ONAP Beijing, its second software release. The Beijing release is said to accelerate ease of ONAP deployment for modern network operators and comes as more leading global service providers commit to enhancing open source networking.

LF Networking– a Linux Foundation entity that brings together six top networking projects (including ONAP) to increase harmonization across platforms, communities and ecosystems– now enables more than 65 percent of the world’s mobile subscribers, as well as major global enterprises and cloud providers serving hundreds of millions of customers.

“We are delighted to announce the availability of ONAP’s second release, Beijing, which advances the architecture, seven dimensions of deployability, and new automation functionality,” said Arpit Joshipura, General Manager of Networking, The Linux Foundation.

With ONAP’s Beijing release, the developer community has focused closely on new platform and process enhancements to ensure scalability, security, stability and performance in support of real-world deployments. The release also evolves the platform toward container-based implementations, and provides robust documentation and training for Virtual Network Functions (VNF) developers, service designers, and operations managers.

According to Mazin Gilbert, ONAP Technical Steering Committee (TSC) Chair, and Vice President, Advanced Technology, AT&T Labs, “The technical enhancements in this release focus on enhancing the stability and deployability of the platform. In addition, the community has focused on supporting users in their adoption journey with the delivery of several new Getting Started guides as well as online and in-person introductory training options. Together with the community, we are further establishing ONAP as the defacto standard for automation.”

Take a look at specific platform and feature enhancements of the Beijing release:

• Architecture:
•ONAP Operations Manager supports the migration to microservices-based deployments on Kubernetes
•ONAP has collaborated with MEF and TMForum on external APIs, ensuring those frameworks and APIs can communicate seamlessly with the ONAP platform.

• Deployability:
• Starting with the Beijing release, the ONAP development process measures improvements in seven key operational parameters (Usability, Security, Manageability, Stability, Scalability, Performance and Resiliency) for each platform module.
•The Beijing release brings advanced platform stability and resiliency based on deployment of of the ONAP Operations Manager (OOM) and the Multi-Site State Coordination Service (MUSIC) projects.
•The Project has adopted CII (Core Infrastructure Initiative) badging as part of its release requirements.

• Functional Enhancements – Blueprint Enrichment
•The residential vCPE blueprint has been enriched with change management and policy-driven workload placement features that include hardware platform awareness (HPA).
•Network service scaling to meet traffic needs is a fundamental NFV value proposition.

The Beijing release code is being integrated into new and existing proofs of concept and production deployment plans for large global carriers like AT&T, Bell Canada, China Mobile, China Telecom, Orange, Reliance Jio, Verizon, Vodafone, Turk Telecom, among others. And major leading vendors are building products and solutions on the ONAP platform.