The Open Source MANO (OSM) community launched today at Mobile World Congress. It intends to focus on delivering a management and orchestration (MANO) stack aligned with the network functions virtualization (NFV) information models defined by ETSI.
Telefónica introduced its OpenMANO initiative at last year’s Mobile World Congress, but it appears that group will now become part of OSM.
OSM germinated from a meeting at SDN World Congress in Düsseldorf, Germany, in November, where a number of stakeholders got together to “put a flag in the ground” around the problem of creating code for NFV MANO, says Vincent Spinnelli, senior vice president of marketing for Rift.io. “Rift.io is contributing 50 percent of the seed code,” he says.
Spinnelli adds, “When the OSM community came together, there was a lot of debate about where to host this — between ETSI and Linux. ETSI essentially won. It’s hosting the OSM community.”
In addition to Telefónica, RIFT.io, and Canonical, founding members of OSM include BT, Intel, Mirantis, Telekom Austria, and Telenor, along with other initial participants such as Benu Networks, Brocade, Comptel, Dell, Indra, Korea Telecom, Metaswitch, RADWare, Red Hat, Sandvine, SK Telecom, Sprint, Telmex, xFlow, and 6WIND.
OSM’s charter is to deliver a production-quality open source MANO stack under Apache Public License 2.0. The initial OSM code base is already capable of orchestrating complex NFV use cases, using vendor-neutral information models capable of capturing all the significant features of an end-to-end service and the requirements of the individual virtual network functions (VNFs).
OSM’s project scope 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.