At the Mobile World Conference 2016, Barcelona, the Linux Foundation, China Mobile and Huawei have announced Open-O project, an Open Orchestrator for Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). Open-O project focuses on creating an open-source orchestration framework to assist SDN and NFV use in areas where proprietary operational support systems (OSS) were a barrier to entry.
There is a strong need for transformation of the software network to deal with an ever-increasing demand for scalability, bandwidth and new products and services. Open Source is important for the software transformation of the networks. In the past, Linux has led efforts like Open Network Lab’s Open Network Operating System project, Open Daylight and Linux Foundations’s Open Platform Network Function Virtualization project. All these projects were started with the intention to integrate open source code into telecom applications.
SDN and NFV will play a key role in the software transformation of the networks. Open-O will play a key role in creating SDN and NFV-powered networks in need of end-to-end orchestration. The platform is likely to enable agility in telcos which are looking to bring in new services to market quickly.
China Telecom, Ericsson, Red Hat, F5, GigaSpaces are some of the other partners for the Open-O project.