NFV open source MANO reaches 60 members, adds Verizon

February 27, 2017 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
ETSI’s Open Source MANO has added Atos, CableLabs and Verizon to the group – making a total of 60 organizations working together to shape NFV networks in the largest open source MANO initiative.

The OSM community is focused on delivering a production-quality open source MANO stack that meets the requirements of commercial NFV networks. Announced at last year’s Mobile World Congress, OSM has seen remarkable success and quick progression. It has grown from eight founding members to a total of 60 organizations, including 8 network operators (Bell Mobility, BT, PT Portugal Telecom, SK Telecom, Sprint, Telefonica, Telenor and Verizon).

OSM issued its first code package, Release Zero, a month ahead of schedule in May 2016. This was followed by a full Release ONE code package in October. OSM took part in the recent ETSI NFV Plugtests event, which brought together over 40 commercial and open source NFV implementations for interoperability testing, demonstrating that OSM has been architected with a strong focus on immediate usability and large scale interoperability with VNF providers and VIMs.

“Only one year ago, OSM started its journey with a handful of pioneers. Now it has quickly become the largest and most diverse community in the MANO space, with 60 members, including service providers, system integrators and VNF vendors from all over the world, and is heading now towards its third release, says Francisco Javier Romero, chairman of ETSI OSM.

"The creation of a sense of community since the beginning and the focus on clear and achievable objectives have been key to success.”

The OSM community is closely aligned with the evolution of ETSI NFV and will provide a regularly updated reference implementation of NFV MANO. OSM aims at enabling an eco-system of NFV solution vendors to rapidly and cost-effectively deliver solutions to their users. ETSI OSM complements the work of ETSI NFV and vice versa. The approach of having an open source project closely aligned with a specification group maximizes innovation, efficiency and time to market and ensures a continuing series of true (conformant) reference implementations.

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