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Second ONAP Open Source Network Automation Release Ships

The Linux Foundation announced the second software release from the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) project, a unified platform for end-to-end, closed-loop network automation

Announced last week, ONAP Beijing stems from the melding of two different open source networking automation projects under the direction of The Linux Foundation in March 2017. ONAP focuses on automating virtual network functions in software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) implementations.

Or, officially, ONAP: "provides a comprehensive platform for real-time, policy-driven orchestration and automation of physical and virtual network functions that will enable software, network, IT and cloud providers and developers to rapidly automate new services and support complete lifecycle management."

In announcing its second software release, ONAP highlighted improvements in architecture, deployability, an expansion of the ecosystem and more real-world use cases.

Regarding the latter, ONAP said Beijing source code is already being integrated into production deployment plans in large carriers, along with new and existing proof-of-concept projects.

According to Beijing's release notes, its functionality includes: a portal for a consistent user experience, based on roles; a runtime execution framework that executes rules and policies, along with controllers that manage resources corresponding to assigned controlled domains; and closed-loop automation in a design -> create -> collect -> analyze -> detect -> publish -> respond cycle.

"With ONAP's Beijing release, the developer community has focused closely on new platform and process enhancements to ensure scalability, security, stability and performance in support of real-world deployments," said a news release on The Linux Foundation site. "The release also evolves the platform toward container-based implementations, and provides robust documentation and training for Virtual Network Functions (VNF) developers, service designers, and operations managers. Leading developers from solution providers, vendors and system integrators globally have laid the foundations of a robust commercial ecosystem."

The third software release, scheduled for this summer, will be called Casablanca.

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