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
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
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.