The ETSI Open Source MANO (OSM) group today launched the second version of its open source code that includes new software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities and an Amazon Web Services (AWS) plugin to support public and hybrid cloud deployments.
OSM, which aims to deliver an open network functions virtualization (NFV) management and orchestration (MANO) stack that can be implemented across different technologies, announced Release One in October 2016.
Release Two includes SDN assistance to interconnect traffic-intensive virtual network functions (VNFs) with on-demand underlay networks.
Additionally, OSM’s plugin model for major SDN controllers has been extended with the Open Network Operating System (ONOS), which joins open source SDN controllers OpenDaylight (ODL) and FloodLight in the list of supported controllers.
ETSI says Release Two’s multiple installer options will ease OSM installation in different environments.
The new SDN capabilities aim to enable advanced types of underlay connectivity that are often unavailable in a non-customized, virtualized infrastructure manager (VIM), thus avoiding performance degradation. All operators have to do, according to ETSI, is request the right type of connectivity in their VNF or network service descriptors. They don’t need special hardware, server wiring, or manual post-deployment intervention.
This feature completes the first full implementation of the ETSI NFV specification on “NFV Performance and Portability Best Practices” (ETSI GS NFV-PER 001).
AWS support means developers and testers of OSM and NFV orchestration don’t need to set up a private cloud to run basic NFV use cases and tests, said Andy Reid, vice chairman of ETSI OSM.
OSM also published a white paper that gives a technical overview of Release Two.
Earlier this year, OSM tested its code for interoperability with various NFV infrastructures and VNFs and said it interoperated successfully with all 10 of the NFV infrastructures and all of the 15 “official” VNFs (5 additional VNFs were considered “test” VNFs).