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ETSI Release SEVEN enables 20,000 cloud-native apps for NFV

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The ETSI Open Source MANO group, which develops NFV Management and Orchestration stack technologies, has released OSM Release SEVEN.

This latest release brings cloud-native applications to NFV deployments, enabling OSM to on-board over 20,000 Kubernetes applications without having to translate or repackage.

OSM release SEVEN allows users to combine the flexibility of cloud-native applications with the predictability of traditional virtual and physical network functions within the same network service, as well as all the necessary advanced networking needed in order to build complex end to end telecom services.

“OSM Release SEVEN is at the forefront of Edge and 5G operations technology, deploying and operating containerized network functions on Kubernetes,” said Arno Van Huyssteen, director of telco field engineering at Canonical. “Complete lifecycle management, automated integration and ongoing workload operations make OSM the leading multi-vendor, multi-cloud MANO solution. Canonical is delighted to support OSM in partnership with leading systems integrators.”

Release SEVEN also extends OSM’s SDN framework to support next-gen SDN solutions ‘providing higher level primitives’ and increasing the number of available options for supporting I/O-intensive applications. In addition, the plugin models for intra and inter-data centre SDN have been consolidated and the management, addition and maintenance of SDN plugins have been simplified.

“We are very excited with the launch of the new release, featuring a brand-new integration with Kubernetes and a number of features focused on carrier-grade production environments. Whitestack's WhiteNFV "Castelldefels" version, based on OSM Release SEVEN, will keep on making real NFV possible, while dramatically simplifying and reducing the cost of the network functions lifecycle,” added Joris Vleminckx, COO at Whitestack.

Lastly Release SEVEN also brings added enhancements designed to improve the user experience and interoperability options. This includes an improved workflow for the VNF configuration, which allows faster and more complex operations as well as the support of additional types of infrastructures such as Azure and VMware’s vCD 10.

"OSM SEVEN brings in support for cloud native apps with distributed configuration and monitoring making it truly ready for building software centric enterprise and operator networks in a smarter and faster way,” continued Ramesh Ramanathan, principal architect at the CTO Office of TATA Elxsi.

Last month, the ETSI Technical Committee Smart Card Platform launched a new security platform called Smart Secure Platform (SSP), bringing together much-needed privacy and trust.