Solution Brief: Harmonizing Open Source and Standards: An ONAP Case Study

As part of the broader evolution of open networking, LF Networking projects have been working closely with a range of networking standards groups to align complementary efforts. In fact, the harmonization of open source software with standards bodies is a major driver of collaboration across the telco and and enterprise sectors as service providers prepare their networks for 5G and beyond.

ONAP (Open Network Automation Platform), an LF Networking project is a platform above the network infrastructure layer that automates the operation and management of the entire network—that is, both virtual and physical network functions. It allows operators to connect their products and services through the infrastructure and scale the network in a fully automated manner. In other words, ONAP aims to provide a utility network abstraction to the business layer, making services that demand just-in-time networking capabilities more attainable.

Focused on three areas of ONAP-related industry standards and best practices: architecture, model-driven approaches, and APIs, this paper provides a closer look at the ONAP through the eyes of three community members looking to stimulate broader industry contributions towards shared objectives. It provides concrete details about what standards might be related for ONAP project and what ONAP is doing on harmonizing open source and standards.

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