If you look at the progress of ETSI’s Open Source MANO (OSM) project since last 2 and half years, it will definitely leave you amazed. Launched in 2016, with 110 participant organizations and 13479 downloads it crystal clear that OSM has accepted by enterprises and industry for their NFV architecture. At a core, ETSI OSM has brought the framework based on ETSI NFV standards and Information Model provides interoperability among different service provider NFV infrastructures or OSS systems.
The latest release 5 brings huge improvements at NFV MANO layer for telecom operators to smooth deployments of 5G enabled network, edge use cases and end-to-end lifecycle orchestration of network services elements in an appropriate way. This releases enhanced the OSM orchestration capabilities towards transport network technologies, physical and hybrid network elements as well.
The new release 5 is based on micro-services based architecture that brings integration of the number of features, which makes OSM perfect MANO framework for telecom operators to realize 5G dream. Telecom operators can now leverage these OSM features for distributed and edge network deployments and serve a Network-as–Service offer.
5G features enabled by OSM
OSM release 5 offers a complete support of 5G Network Slices which is one of awaited and crucial feature for use cases having specific bandwidth and latency requirements.
OSM release 5 will allow telecom operators to create inter-datacentre connections across heterogeneous Wide Area Networks (WAN) dynamically.
OSM can now support of the creation of Service Function Chaining (SFC) extensively. OSM enables policy-based closed loop control for entire NFV architecture.
OSM 5 brings extended monitoring capabilities which include VNF metrics collection and added support of physical and hybrid network functions, (PNFs and HNFs respectively).
What Leader’s Say about OSM Release 5
Pål Gronsund, (vice chair, OSM) said in press release, “OSM Release FIVE delivers new features which are vital to realizing the 5G vision. Enhanced features such as information model extensions to support network slicing, powerful inter-datacentre connections and extensive improvements to monitoring and policy modules; will further enable service assurance and closed-loop automation.”
Juan Carlos García, SVP Technology, and Architecture in Telefónica said: “With Release FIVE, OSM has become an essential engine to orchestrate 5G services end-to-end, and we see it as the key component for Telefónica’s virtualization program, UNICA.”