ADVA trials ONAP, ONOS for Network Control

Created May 9, 2018
Applications and Research

Germany-based optical networking company ADVA has taken part in two trials aimed at demonstrating how software can make optical networking more efficient. Using two different versions of the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) and the ONOS SDN controller to control network components.

The ONAP trial was conducted by the Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) industry group, which used ONAP to orchestrate hosted service chains on ADVA’s Ensemble Connection virtualization platform. The trial was orchestrated by BringCom, which provides telecom services in the Middle East and Africa.

The test used a virtualised MEF 3.0-compliant point-to-point connection provisioned with ONAP and running on ADVA’s Ensemble Connector in a universal CPE platform. Ensemble Connector is ADVA’s network function virtualisation infrastructure (NFVI) software platform. The connected enterprise endpoints hosted an Ubuntu firewall virtual network function (VNF). The ADVA platform ran an embedded version of OpenStack.

A second trial targeted software-defined orchestration use cases. The goal of the project was to develop a service-aware and automated IP/optical control platform that could support intent-based service provisioning, multi-layer restoration, and optimization between optical layers.

The project was a multi-year effort run under the European Union consortium Application-Centric IP/Optical Network Orchestration (ACINO). The group was formed in early 2015. Other members included Sedona Systems, CREATE-NET, Acero, and AIT.

“Automation and optimisation of network functions, while being aware of service needs, is key in the service provider network architecture,” explains Victor Lopez, technology expert at Telefónica, on the project’s efforts. “Such capabilities are needed for service providers to stay competitive.”

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This article was written
by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.