Thanks to all who joined us for the Nokia NFV MANO Report Webinar: “Automating Orchestration for Agile Services”, where Nokia discussed integrating VNFs, automating VNF lifecycle management, and reliably constructing network service chains. After the webinar, we took questions from the audience but unfortunately ran out of time before we could answer everybody’s questions. You can read the full Q&A below.
Do you support orchestration of any VNF or is it just Nokia VNF’s?
Yes, CloudBand has been developed to be compatible across all cloud stacks.
Who does the development of the network service descriptor?
This can be done by Nokia or anybody who has a good understanding of Tosca modeling.
I have heard a lot about ONAP and yet you don’t mention it here. Do you see ONAP replacing the need for something proprietary like CloudBand?
No we don’t- CloudBand development started back in 2012 prior to ETSI defining a framework for NFV and so is now the most mature MANO available on the market today. We see the benefit of community development and the extra features it can bring to software quickly, however we also believe it will take some time for a stable ONAP software release which is truly independent and developed as Open Source. CloudBand development team will be contributing to ONAP where it is seen to have functionality gaps and at the same time Nokia will use modules of ONAP.
Do you have this solution working with any customers?
Do you support orchestration if networking only use cases where there are no VNFs involved?
If there is no VNFs then we would propose a Nuage only solution.
Does your orchestrator support all deployment models such as thin/thick/hybrid CPE?
We will support the options and would gladly explore any specific use case.
From MANO open Source perspective, what open source MANO is your NFVO more aligned to (For Ex: OPEN-O, OSM and perhaps future ONAP)?
We are most closely aligned with OSM as this is the most ETSI aligned open-source project however we are a platinum member of ONAP and as such will continue to drag the two projects.
Are analytics part of the NFVO or, can NFVO be integrated with 3PP analytics tool?
There are local analytics within CloudBand but at the same time we have ETSI aligned interfaces which means that all relevant data can be shared.
What do you think the role of OSS will be in future? Will OSS be still in the network? Similarly, what do you think about EMS? Will EMS still be there in the network?
We see a continuum from element management to business management and as more automation is brought into the management systems the link between the layers becomes increasingly inter-dependent. This will happen so as to deliver end customers an exciting digital experience which is supported by a digital operations centre. To ensure end to end network and service efficiency coupled with agile customer experiences we do see domain based decision making, within an element manager as well as an end to end view in the new converged BSS and OSS.