ONAP, Still Early Days or Substantial Progress?
On June 12, 2018, the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) community announced its second major release, ONAP Beijing. The recent release is intended to accelerate its progression toward a production-ready platform amid increased industry engagement. The enhancements implemented in ONAP Beijing mark progress in terms of nonbehavioral system qualities. The new release also advances functional behavior to achieve alignment with other standard bodies’ specifications (e.g., from TM Forum and MEF) on Virtualized Network Function (VNF) onboarding and northbound integration with Operations Support Systems (OSS)/Business Support Systems (BSS). There is growing momentum at the industry level to achieve technology harmonization and realize alignment of standards. Despite this impetus, work remains to be done particularly on BSS/OSS integration, and automation of network service provisioning when supported by a hybrid resource pool (VNFs/Physical Network Functions [PNFs]).
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