Amdocs partners Microsoft to enable ONAP on Microsoft Azure

26 March 2018 | Natalie Bannerman


Amdocs has announced that it is working with Microsoft to implement its Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

The news means that operators are able to deliver virtual network services running on Azure, orchestrated and managed using ONAP. The offering will show operators how they can gain the time-to-market and cost benefits of public clouds with a demonstration of ONAP running on Azure

Commenting on the announcement, Anthony Goonetilleke, group president of Amdocs Technology, said: “This project is a first step in the evolution of ONAP to manage a multi-cloud environment where network capacity can be consumed in a dynamic way across a combination of private and public clouds. It is a proof point showing the industry momentum behind ONAP and further evidence of Amdocs and Microsoft’s commitment to continue innovating and promoting open source networking solutions.”

Amdocs say it it aiming to have the ONAP code open source and available for the open source community by April 2018. As a result, network operators will then be able to offer network services running on Azure as the primary cloud or as complementary capacity for their private cloud to deploy virtual network functions that are managed and orchestrated by ONAP.

“Today’s next-generation operators are challenged by the complexity and cost of developing their existing network infrastructures and require new cloud services to enable faster network virtualization,” added Yousef Khalidi, corporate vice president for Azure Networking at Microsoft Corp. “To address these issues, Amdocs and Microsoft are using ONAP to control network services on Microsoft Azure — an integrated solution that helps network operators deliver advanced virtual network functionality, while simply and reliably automating operations and reducing costs using open source technology and cloud based-services.”

In January, Amdocs confirmed that it would acquire Vubiquity, the premium content and technology solutions provider, for approximately $224 million in cash. The deal is set to allow both companies to offer enhanced digital content capabilities to network operators, video distributors, OTT companies, content owners and content producers.