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Guest Blog: Achieving Next Generation OSS with the TMF ZOOM, ONOS and Huawei


By Rob Jack, Huawei

Rob Jack is the Chief Solution Architect, OSS within Huawei’s Consulting & IT Services division and has held senior OSS architecture and consulting roles for over 20 years throughout Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East. He served as CTO for Fastwire, a specialist Inventory Management OSS solution prior to its acquisition by Huawei in 2013 and now leads research teams in Future OSS and Orchestration, helping to build Huawei’s advanced next generation Infrastructure Enabling System (IES). The TMF Catalyst project integrated ONOS as part of it’s platform, thus we have invited Rob Jack to share more details with us in this guest blog.

The TMF (tmforum.org) has long adopted a “needs-driven” approach to developing and validating the assets which it provides to the telecommunications industry. It does this primarily via its Catalyst program, whereby teams of vendors, SIs and CSPs work together to lead research on a particular business problem.  

While many of the core TMF assets such as the SID Information Framework, or Business Process Framework are familiar to many in telecoms, they are perhaps associated with the development and integration of traditional OSS/BSS. More recently the TMF has been leading the OSS/BSS industry in developing new capabilities and assets towards the virtualization of networks and telecom services, with a number of programs in place towards this, including the ZOOM (Zero Touch Operations Orchestration & Management) project. ZOOM’s particular focus on SDN/NFV has tackled many challenges being driven from Telco digitization, and a number of TMF Catalyst projects are operating within ZOOM towards better defining the needs for new concepts and associated standards within this exciting field.

A Future Focused Team and Operating Model

One of those projects, termed “Future Mode of Operations: Model-Driven Service Orchestration for Hybrid Networks” is led by Huawei with participation from vendor partners including Inspur and, in first phases, IBM. The project was championed by Orange and China Mobile, who provided a business requirement of using a modern orchestration architecture to achieve on-demand scale-out of a combined physical/virtual network during peak mobile traffic scenarios: such as stadium events or similar “tidal effect” traffic peaks in the mobile core network. The scenario demanded the use of VoLTE, and associated EPC and IMS infrastructure.   

Mirroring the roll-out of NFV, the team chose to develop the scenario from standard physical infrastructure to a 4G VoLTE network, including elements such as S/PGW within the EPC and S/P-CSCF within the IMS domain. In addition, an NFV MANO provided by Huawei created access to a VNF form of the S/PGW, is becoming created, onboarded and ready for scale-out on demand.

The final piece of the puzzle was provided by partnership with ONOS. Following a workshop held after a visit from the Catalyst project team to San Jose in July 2015, a team from the ONOS Project worked to provide access to Intent APIs based around the Huawei IPVPN extensions to ONOS core. This allowed the Catalyst to achieve the second element of the hybrid orchestration proof of concept – on-demand scale-out of the IPVPN core transporting the VoLTE sessions.

The team has since worked together through three iterations of the Catalyst project, with a main focus in each phase on:

  • ‘Tidal Effect’ Traffic Hybrid Orchestration for VoLTE scale-out
  • Policy usage in tidal effect scenarios
  • Cost-based policy in multi-VAS and IoT slice orchestration

Moving to a Cost-Driven Decision

This latest iteration of the Catalyst has seen use cases from Orange and China Mobile resulting in a partnership approach to the solution as shown below:

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In the mVAS scenario, ONOS is being called by a policy-based orchestration to build or scale IP-VPN based services such that any OpCo (local operating company) of an international CSP can leverage a multi-VAS service hosted at a centralized, cloudified location supporting VNF-based services.

The policy used in this scenario goes beyond the standard Event Condition Action (ECA) policies typically used today to drive many QoS based network intent rules, such as: “if Local VAS utilization goes above 80%, trigger a scale-out of VPN and use mVAS capability.” Here, the Huawei Orchestration component is using Goal and Utility Function policies – the latter can assign a cost (derived from financial metrics of CAPEX and OPEX) to first determine whether the scale-out is economical. Goal policies of ensuring overall customer experience can go hand-in-hand with the Utility Function and lower-layer ECA policies to ensure that an organization’s overall operating model can be encapsulated and automated.

Leveraging Intent with Open OSS APIs

The Intent APIs presented by ONOS represent a key advantage in ensuring that such an approach can be made to work without involving onerous software engineering or configuration to match and breakdown such goals into highly procedural API calls. Using these, the team was able to successfully and simply create orchestration across this complex hybrid domain. Further, these types of scale-out intents lent themselves well to modelling within an intent- model Service Catalog. The Service Orchestration system was able to include abstracted specifications of the types of virtual link services available within ONOS  in its own Service Catalog, and associate those to the capabilities and capacities (again expressed abstractly) in physical and virtual domains to allow decision processes in orchestration to operate automatically.

Beyond the ONOS-based capabilities, the Catalyst has demonstrated API-based solutions and developed new standards assets through the collaboration for (among others):

  • Multi-domain Catalog federation, including usage of TOSCA templates for NFV services
  • A Dynamic Inventory, including federated and Topology API capabilities
  • Usage of B2B2X APIs to support partner inter-operation for VAS or IoT services

Kicking Goals, Moving Forward

Over the first two phases the Catalyst was awarded twice by an independent panel of judges.  At Dallas in 2015, the project received the “Best Adoption of Frameworx”, while in Nice earlier this year it was awarded for “Greatest Contribution to Accelerating Digital Business”.   

This month, the latest phase will be demonstrated at TMF events in Dallas and Singapore, and once more the contribution from the ONOS project will be key to showing a complete model-driven service orchestration for hybrid networks.    

The Catalyst team acknowledges this great contribution from ONOS, and is hopeful that this collaboration between the open source world and standards organizations like the TMF continues to improve on the increasingly rapid turnaround between standards development and proven solutions that is needed to drive the real-world, mass-scale adoption of virtualized infrastructure.

If your company is a TMF member, and you would like to learn more about the project or the Catalyst program, please feel free to contact the TMF directly through info@tmforum.org or via https://www.tmforum.org/collaboration/catalyst-program/catalyst-program-benefits/

Community Blog Series: Huawei on ONOS Bootcamps


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We had the chance to sit down with Huawei’s Bill Ren, ONOS Board Member, VP of Huawei fixed network industry & ecosystem development, to discuss the progress of the ONOS® Project this past year.

Dedicated to building a Better Connected World, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., is a founding member of the open source ONOS community and a leading global information and communications technology solutions provider. Through open collaboration, Huawei has established a comprehensive ICT portfolio of end-to-end solutions in telecom and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing.

Here are the insights he had to share:

Tell us about yourselves and your participation in the ONOS Project.

Ren: This is my first year as an ONOS board member for Huawei, a founding ONOS member that has contributed to various areas of the ONOS Project including, technical code committing, architectural defining, community supporting, market promotion, training and ecosystem development.

Early this year I was appointed as VP of industry and ecosystem development in charge of SDN open source and ecosystem development. I’m pleased to sit on the ONOS Board representing Huawei. In my past 17 years with Huawei, I have been working on many real network deployment projects in Europe and Asia and have had the chance to talk with many tier 1/2 operator customers. I hope my experience will bring benefits to my new position and also to ONOS project.

Before coming to this role, I started as an EMS/OSS developer, architect and product manager. I have worked as a product management director in charge of Huawei fixed network SingleOSS strategy and product management for many years. Then I served as director of solution management for two years mainly focused on SDN solutions.

What do you think about ONOS progress so far?

Ren: We’re pleased to see that ONOS continues to issue new releases on a quarterly basis. Each release successfully delivers new features and prioritizes the top use cases, such as SDN-WAN, SDN-IP, Transport Network, and VPN. This is an excellent cadence for releases, and Huawei has enjoyed being involved in many of them, including the most recent release of Hummingbird.

The ONOS Project is exceptional. It has a fully dedicated group of engineers collaborating and contributing to the project. The project will continue to grow and succeed as new companies join the initiative and contribute to the ONOS code.  

We have also seen tremendous growth in just the past year, both on the partner side and with more than 50 collaborators actively contributing to the development of ONOS. We look forward to the continued build out of the Ambassador program, which is creating new avenues in localized time zones for training, contributor recruitment and collaborative best practice sharing.

How is Huawei incorporating ONOS into its products and solutions?

Ren: Huawei just launched the first full-scenario Agile Controller 3.0 (AC 3.0) in the industry at HUAWEI CONNECT 2016, based on ONOS. We recently contributed a blog about AC 3.0. Click here to read more about it.

Tell us about the process for contributing to the ONOS code?

Ren: First of all, I believe we need a common open source SDN controller platform to move the whole industry ahead. I believe ONOS is the right platform for the whole industry for collaborating and building commercial solutions. Huawei has hundreds developers working on SDN controller and Huawei have many marketing managers working face-to-face with our customers, collecting requirements from real projects, which will drive our product development. We generate many codes every day.  I have a small SDN open source developer team contributing ONOS code. This team is led by Patrick Liu. Basically, code comes from our commercial product team and is adapted to the ONOS style. We carefully define which part should be contributed to the industry common platform and which part should remain proprietary for vendor differentiation. At the current stage, we see there is a lot of space for contributing to move ONOS as a full scenario controller platform.

Huawei recently hosted an ONOS bootcamp in Beijing. How did it go?

Ren: Huawei, together with ONOS Project and a few other partners, hosted two ONOS camps in China this year.

ONOS Boot Camp, OPIC and SDN/NFV Alliance Summit in Beijing, China

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We hosted the first boot camp in April in Beijing, co-located with China SDN/NFV congress.

In April 2016, experts from around the world gathered to discuss how to further develop the SDN/NFV industry in China at the China SDN/NFV Conference 2016 and Huawei hosted the World’s First ONOS Boot Camp and Hackathon in Beijing, China.

During the event, ONOS provided training for more than 40 personnel from major carriers and research institutes in China. The camp was designed to help the group overcome SDN/NFV challenges and evolve carrier networks.

The boot camp also featured a “hackathon” for students to build ONOS-based applications. The students who passed the certification exam and successfully developed the application were awarded ONOS Association Certification. Hackathon group winners were also awarded various prizes.

Leaders from ONOS, SDN/NFV Industry Alliance, and operators all attended the opening ceremony of the boot camp. Huawei was a strong supporter of the event, in addition to the more than 40 participants from three operators, research institutions and universities who attended the event.

ONOS at Huawei Connect in Shanghai, China

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On Aug. 30, together with ONOS, SDN/NFV Huawei hosted the second ONOS camp. Fifty people from carriers, startups, institutes and universities attended this boot camp. Thirtyfive of the attendees successfully passed the ONOS certification exam and earned their proof. This boot camp is also supported by SDN/NFV Industry Alliance and SDNLAB.

On Sept. 1, Huawei hosted the First ONOS Asia Mini-Summit. In total, the summit hosted 11 speakers from China and Korea. Experts from China Unicom and China Telecom shared their ONOS experience on the carrier network. Speakers from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Future Network Innovation Institute and Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information also shared about ONOS deployment in R&E networks. Huawei shared AC 3.0 SDN controller architect best practices. I also shared my thinking and outlook on the SDN open source community.

What’s next for Huawei and ONOS?

Ren: Huawei has launched our ONOS-based AC 3.0 controller, which is just the beginning. We will move on to enhance our products and test and trial our solutions in field networks. Meanwhile, Huawei will go on to bring new experience and knowledge to the ONOS community, contribute more codes, and work closely with the ONOS core team to enhance the ONOS platform, including the performance benchmarking test. As I said before, we need a mature and common open source SDN controller platform and we will go on working for it.

 

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Huawei Launches Networking Industry’s First Full-Scenario Agile Controller 3.0


On Sept. 1, 2016 at Huawei Connect 2016, Huawei launched the networking industry’s first ONOS-based full-scenario Agile Controller 3.0 with a media round table event. The room was packed with attendees from a total of 20 representing media, including: CWW, CCTime, Communications Weekly, PPTN, Packet Pushers, SDxCentral, Light Reading, among others.

 

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The event was hosted by Liu Shaowei, President of Huawei Enterprise Networking Product Line; Huang He, General Manager of Huawei SDN Controller Domains; and, Bill Xudong Ren, ONOS Board Member, VP of Huawei, Fixed Network Industry & Ecosystem Development.

The Agile Controller 3.0 (AC 3.0) focuses on four business scenarios (enterprise campus, data center network, WAN, and IoT) and provides capabilities such as on-demand network resource pool reservation, automatic deployment, intelligent optimization and bandwidth adjustment on-demand for enterprise customers across campuses, carriers and data center networks. This can improve the resource scheduling efficiency of enterprise cloud services, improving the network efficiency for carrier customers and providing the best customer experience possible.

Based on the open ONOS platform, the AC 3.0 uses an application which has loosely coupled architecture and can be integrated with ODL and provides abundant northbound API capabilities.

Huawei advocates an ‘All Cloud’ strategy and provides cloud-based products and solutions to help customers achieve digital transformation in their operations.

AC 3.0 provides leading SDN solutions for all four business scenarios:

  • WAN
  • Data Center Network
  • Enterprise Campus
  • IoT

Strength I: Full-scenario control, distributed and combined

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AC 3.0 supports a variety of unified control and flexible deployment of business scenarios, to meet the diverse needs of business and operational maintenance.

Strength II: Automation across the whole network, super speedy deployment

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Resources access from the whole network based on demand, automatic deployment, intelligent tuning, and realize a variety of commercial business scenes with speedy deployment.

Strength III: Open source, rapid integration

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Additionally, AC3.0 is based on the open ONOS platform, has loosely coupled architecture, is compatible with ODL, and supports rapid business innovation.

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Carriers: AC 3.0 allows carriers to establish e-commercial network operation platforms, achieve top speed service provisioning and on-demand value-added service customization, build agile and open networks on demand, accelerate digital transformation, and add pipe values.

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Enterprises: AC 3.0 accelerates the digital transition from a network support system to the production.

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Industries: AC 3.0 provides massive capacity of the network management, and helps industries achieve open IOT data.

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SDN Global Commercialization Progress

Huawei has participated in more than 200 projects in SDN domains with carriers and enterprises. This included projects with Telefonica, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Telia, Tencent, Alibaba, China Construction Bank, China Southern Power Grid Company Limited and Vision China Media. Projects covers WAN, Data Centers, Enterprise Campus  and IOT scenarios.  

As of Sept. 6, the AC 3.0 media round table event garnered coverage in more than 40 media outlets. To learn more about AC 3.0, click through the links below for noteworthy articles of coverage stemming from the media round table event.

SDXCentralhttps://www.sdxcentral.com/articles/news/huawei-launches-commercial-sdn-controller/2016/09/

LightReading:  http://www.lightreading.com/huawei-connect/huawei-launches-industry-first-full-scenario-agile-controller-30/d/d-id/725871

LightReadinghttp://www.lightreading.com/carrier-sdn/sdn-architectures/huawei-goes-after-operator-and-enterprise-with-unified-controller/d/d-id/725879

Voice & Datahttp://www.voicendata.com/huawei-launches-industry-first-full-scenario-agile-controller-3-0/

TelecomLead.comhttp://www.telecomlead.com/telecom-equipment/huawei-agile-controller-3-0-telecoms-cloud-transformation-71108

News Doghttp://newsdog.today/a/article/57cb708576f3dfbdfb55dd1a/ 

Marketwiredhttp://www.marketwired.com/press-release/huawei-launches-first-full-scenario-agile-controller-30-industry-enabling-service-2154946.htm

Yahoo Financehttp://finance.yahoo.com/news/huawei-launches-first-full-scenario-130000489.html

StreetInsider.comhttp://www.streetinsider.com/Press+Releases/Huawei+Launches+the+First+Full-Scenario+Agile+Controller+3.0+in+the+Industry+Enabling+Service+Innovation+in+Cloud+Era/11994356.html

PacketPushershttp://packetpushers.net/huawei-announces-one-sdn-controller-campus-data-center-wan-iot/

TechTarget: (German) http://www.searchnetworking.de/news/450303757/Huawei-stellt-Agile-Controller-30-vor

IT-Onlinehttp://it-online.co.za/2016/09/02/huawei-underpins-cloud-with-hardware-networking/

TradeArabia.comhttp://www.tradearabia.com/news/IT_312975.html

IT168 (Chinese): http://net.it168.com/a2016/0902/2895/000002895739.shtml

IT168 (Chinese): http://net.it168.com/a2016/0907/2904/000002904743.shtml

caijing.com.cn (Chinese): http://tech.caijing.com.cn/20160905/4172057.shtml

Computerworld: (Italian)http://www.cwi.it/huawei-connect-2016-le-principali-novita-le-aziende_93878/

PuntoCellulare: (Italian)http://www.puntocellulare.it/notizie/50943/Huawei-Connect-2016-nuove-soluzioni-Enterprise.html

LANline: (German)http://www.lanline.de/fachartikel/neue-basis-f%C3%BCr-cloud-services.html

PacketPushershttp://packetpushers.net/huaweis-targets-industry-clouds-iot-open-source-drive-business-5-themes/

IT-Onlinehttp://it-online.co.za/2016/09/02/intel-huawei-drive-5g-adoption/

c114: (Chinese)http://www.c114.net/news/22/c18273.html

ONOS Project To Host the Fully Connected ONOS Ecosystem Congress, Co-located Event at HUAWEI CONNECT 2016


Registration now open; event to unite developers and SDN thought leaders across industries to collaborate on open source software

Menlo Park, Calif.– Aug. 30, 2016 ONOS® Project, an open software defined networking (SDN) operating system designed to meet carriers’ requirements with high availability, performance and scalability, today announced  the Fully Connected ONOS Ecosystem Congress. Huawei, SDN/NFV industry alliance and SDNLab are teaming up with ONOS to co-locate the event at HUAWEI CONNECT 2016 in Shanghai.

The Fully Connected ONOS Ecosystem Congress will provide a forum for business and thought leaders, developers in the service provider ecosystem as well as the open source community to address critical technological areas of SDN, while working together to advance the ONOS open source software framework. Registration is now open. Registrants may also claim a complimentary ticket to HUAWEI CONNECT 2016, a CNY 2,000 value.

The event will also include an ONOS Training Camp for developers on Aug. 30; the first ONOS Asia Mini Summit on Sept. 1, and a ceremony to honor the first ONOS Ambassador to China on August 31 at 11:30 a.m.

“Collaborative development among ONOS enthusiasts is contributing to the rapid advancement of SDN in Asia,” said Guru Parulkar, executive director of ON.Lab and ONOS Board Member. “From technical sessions, to networking opportunities, the Fully Connected ONOS Ecosystem Congress will bring these collaborators together under one roof to further accelerate development and lay the foundation for ONOS deployments throughout the region.”

Fully Connected ONOS Ecosystem Congress is co-located with HUAWEI CONNECT 2016, Huawei’s largest-scale industry conference focusing on the global ICT ecosystem. More than 15,000 industry elites will converge in Shanghai to help plan and usher important developments in the ICT industry, and discuss how to expedite transformation in the industry and create a fully connected world.

ONOS Training Camp

On Aug. 30, 2016, one day before HUAWEI CONNECT 2016, the ONOS Training Camp will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CST at the Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Nanpu. Senior developers from ONOS will provide a full-day training course for developers, covering the ONOS architecture, northbound and southbound programming, application case studies and demonstrations. For developers with an interest in ONOS, familiarity with basic SDN concepts and a strong Java programming ability, this is a can’t-miss opportunity to meet face-to-face with ONOS Project leaders and to participate in the ONOS certification examination. Registered participants will also receive a complimentary pass to HUAWEI CONNECT 2016 and a complimentary lunch. Space is limited to 50 seats.

First ONOS Asia Mini Summit

The ONOS Mini Summit will take place Sept. 1, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. CST in the Shanghai Expo Centre’s HUAWEI CONNECT 2016 Developers’ hall. The Summit will include keynotes, technical sessions and general sessions that encourage collaboration on ONOS and key SDN topics of interest, including but not limited to, the application of ONOS on carrier networks, the use and performance of ONOS from a commercial perspective and applications of ONOS in the field of scientific research.

ONOS Ambassador Ceremony

The ceremony will be on August 31 at 11:30 a.m to 11:50 a.m at Hall B in the developer’s hall at Shanghai Expo Centre.

About ONOS Project
ONOS® is the open source SDN networking operating system for Service Provider networks architected for high performance, scale and availability. The ONOS ecosystem comprises ON.Lab,organizations that are funding and contributing to the ONOS initiative, and individual contributors. These organizations include AT&T, China Unicom, Google, NTT Communications Corp., SK Telecom Co. Ltd., Verizon, Ciena Corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc., Ericsson, Fujitsu Ltd., Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Intel Corporation, NEC Corporation, Nokia, Radisys and Samsung. See the full list of members, including ONOS’ collaborators, and learn
how you can get involved with ONOS at onosproject.org.

ONOS is an independently funded software project hosted by The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems.

About ON.Lab

Open Networking Lab (ON.Lab) is a non-profit organization founded by SDN inventors and leaders from Stanford University and UC Berkeley to foster open source communities for developing tools and platforms to realize the full potential of SDN, NFV and cloud technologies. ON.Lab provides engineering resources on behalf of the open source ONOS, CORD, and Mininet projects among others. For further information on ON.Lab, visit http://onlab.us/.

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