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Open Networking Summit

See the Top 10 reasons why you should attend Open Networking Summit NA.

You too could be one of 2,000 architects, developers, and thought leaders from over 300 companies coming together to drive the future of networking integration, acceleration and deployment. It’s not too late to register for Open Networking Summit NA happening March 26 – 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. 

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Top 10 Reasons to Attend

1. Visionary Keynotes Speakers : Thought leaders from Alibaba, Amazon Web Services, Amdocs, AT&T, Google, Huawei, Intel, Orange, Red Hat, Ticketmaster, Uber and more will deliver talks on the future of networking.

2. Networking Demos : LF Networking will showcase 8 community-driven demos (OPNFV, OpenDaylight, OpenvSwitch, ONAP, and DPDK) in the technology showcase. Additional demos will be featured at the Open Networking Foundation booth, the Acumos Project booth, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation booth, and across sponsor booths. Additional demos will be on-hand Tuesday and Wednesday as part of SOSR.

3. 70+ Conference Sessions : ONS NA 2018 content offers something for everyone. Two tracks specific to devops audience members, and two tracks for our business/architecture audience as well as general interest tracks. In total, sessions cover the hottest trends and technologies in networking today, including deep dives into integration with cloud native, containers, edge, IoT and more.

4. & 5. Developer Forums & Mini Summits: Join the Acumos Project, ARM, Ericsson, Intel, LF Networking, OpenContrail, Open Networking Foundation, and ARM for use cases, panel discussions, technical deep-dives, and more on Monday, March 26 and the morning of Tuesday, March 27 prior to ONS.

6. Onsite Attendee Reception & Solutions Showcase : Join fellow attendees for drinks, snacks, networking and the opportunity to check out 50+ demos and PoCs across the solutions showcase.

7. Training Courses : Get hands-on training for your SDN/NFV deployments post-event on OPNFV and ONAP.

8. All-Attendee Reception : Join fellow attendees at the iconic Majestic Downtown for a night filled with great food, drinks, networking, and entertainment.

9. Morning activities : Start your day with a 5K Fun Run or Morning Meditation.

10. Symposium on SDN Research (SOSR) : This co-located event provides an opportunity for industry and academia to jointly explore and debate recent developments related to all aspects of SDN.

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SD-WAN

Shunmin Zhu, Head of Alibaba Cloud Network Services, offers insights on the future of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and the emerging SD-WAN technology.

The 2018 Open Networking Summit is rapidly approaching. In anticipation of this event, we spoke to Shunmin Zhu, Head of Alibaba Cloud Network Services to get more insights on two of the hot topics that will be discussed at the event: the future of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and the emerging SD-WAN technology.

“SDN is a network design approach beyond just a technology protocol. The core idea is decoupling the forwarding plane from the control plane and management plane. In this way, network switches and routers only focus on packet forwarding,” said Zhu.

“The forwarding policies and rules are centrally managed by a controller. From a cloud service provider’s perspective, SDN enables customers to manage their private networks in a more intelligent manner through API.”

Shunmin Zhu

Shunmin Zhu, Head of Alibaba Cloud Network Services

This newfound approach to networks that were previously thought to be nearly unfathomable black boxes brings welcome transparency and flexibility. And, that naturally leads to more innovation such as SD-WAN and Hybrid-WAN.

Zhu shared more information on both of those cutting-edge developments later in this interview. Here is what he had to say about how all these things come together to shape the future of the networking.

Linux.com:  Please tell us a little more about SDN for the benefit of readers who may not be familiar with it.

Shunmin Zhu: Today, cloud services make it very convenient for a user to buy a virtual machine, set up the VM, change the configurations at any time, and choose the most suitable billing method. SDN offers the flexibility of using network products the same way as using a VM. Such degree of flexibility was not seen in networks before the advent of SDN.

Before, it was unlikely for a user to divide his cloud network into several private subnets. In the SDN era, however, with VPC (Virtual Private Cloud) users are able to customize their cloud networks by choosing the private subnets and dividing them further. In short, SDN puts the power of cloud network self-management into the hands of users.

Linux.com: What were the drivers behind the development of SDN? What are the drivers spurring its adoption now?

Zhu: Traditional networks prior to SDN find it hard to support the rapid development of business applications. The past few decades witnessed fast growth in the computing industry but not so much innovation was seen in the networking sector. With emerging trends, such as cloud computing and virtualization, organizations need their networks to become as flexible as the cloud computing and storage resources in order to respond to IT and business requirements. Meanwhile the hardware, operating system, and network application of the traditional network are tightly coupled and not accessible to an outsider. The three components are usually controlled by the same OEM. Any innovation or update is thus heavily dependent on the device OEMs.

The shortcomings of the traditional network are apparent from a user’s perspective. First and foremost is the speed of delivery. Network capacity extension usually takes several months, and even a simple network configuration could take several days, which is hard for customers to accept today.

From the perspective of an Internet Service Provider (ISP), the traditional network could hardly satisfy the need of their customers. Additionally, heterogeneous network devices from multiple vendors complicate network management. There’s little that ISPs could do to improve the situation as the network functions are controlled by the device OEMs. User and carrier’s urgent need for SDN has made this technology popular. In a large extent, SDN overcomes the heterogeneity of the physical network devices and opens up network functions via APIs. Business applications can call APIs to turn on network services on demand, which is revolutionary in the network industry.

Linux.com: What are the business benefits overall?

Zhu: The benefits of SDN are twofold. On the one hand, it helps to reduce cost, increase productivity, and reuse the network resources. SDN makes the use of networking products and services very easy and flexible. It gives users the option to pay by usage or by duration. The cost reduction and productivity boost empowers the users to invest more time and money into core business and application innovations. SDN also increases the reuse of the overall network resources in an organization.

On the other hand, SDN brings new innovations and business opportunities to the networking industry. SDN technology is fundamentally reshaping networking toward a more open and prosperous ecosystem. Traditionally, only a few network device manufacturers and ISPs were the major players in the networking industry. With the arrival of SDN, more participants are encouraged to create new networking applications and services, generating tons of new business opportunities.

Linux.com: Why is SDN gaining in popularity now?

Zhu: SDN is gaining momentum because it brings revolutionary changes and tremendous business value to the networking industry. The rise of cloud computing is another factor that accelerates the adoption of SDN. The cloud computing network offers the perfect usage scenario for SDN to quickly land as a real-world application. The vast scale, large scope, and various needs of the cloud network pose a big challenge to the traditional network. SDN technology works very well with cloud computing in terms of elasticity. SDN virtualizes the underlay physical network to provide richer and more customized services to the vast number of cloud computing users.

Linux.com: What are future trends in SDN and the emerging SD-WAN technology?

Zhu: First of all, I think SDN will be adopted in more networking usage scenarios. Most of the future networks will be designed by the rule of SDN. In addition to cloud computing data centers, WAN, carrier networks, campus networks, and even wireless networks will increasingly embrace the adoption of SDN.

Secondly, network infrastructure based on SDN will further combine the power of hardware and software. By definition, SDN is software defined network. The technology seems to be prone to the software side. On the flipside, SDN cannot leave the physical network devices upon which it builds the virtual network. The difficulty to improve performance is another disadvantage of a pure software-based solution. In my vision, SDN technology will evolve towards a tighter combination with hardware.

The more powerful next generation network will be built upon the mutually reinforcing software and hardware. Some cloud service providers have already started to use SmartNIC as a core component in their SDN solution for performance boost.

The next trend is the rapid development of SDN-based network applications. SDN helps build an open industry environment. It’s a good time for technology companies to start businesses around innovative network applications such as network monitoring, network analytics, cyber security and NFV (Network Function Virtualization).

SD-WAN is the application of SDN technology in the wide area network (WAN) space. Generally speaking, WAN refers to a communications network that connects multiple remote local area networks (LANs) with a distance of tens to thousands of miles to each other. For example, a corporate WAN may connect the networks of its headquarters, branch offices, and cloud service providers. Traditional WAN solutions, such as MPLS, could be expensive and require a long period before service provisioning. Wireless networks, on the other hand, fall short in bandwidth capacity and stability. The invention of SD-WAN fixes these problems to a large extent.

For instance, a company can build its corporate WAN by connecting branch offices to the headquarters via virtual dedicated line and internet, also known as a Hybrid-WAN solution. The Internet link brings convenience to network connections between the branches to the headquarters while the virtual dedicated line guarantees the quality of the network service. The Hybrid-WAN solution balances cost, efficiency, and quality in creating a corporate WAN. Other benefits of SD-WAN include SLA, QoS, and application-aware routing rules – key applications are tagged and prioritized in network communication for a better performance. With these benefits, SD-WAN is getting increasing attention and popularity.

Linux.com: What kind of user experience do you think is expected regarding SDN products and services?

Zhu: There are three things that are most important to SDN user experience. First is the simplicity. Networking technologies and products sometimes impress users as over complicated and hard to manage. The SDN network products should be radically simplified. Even a user with limited knowledge in networking should be able to use and configure the product.

Second is the intelligence. SDN network products should be smart enough to identify incidents and fix the issues by itself. This will minimize the impact to the customer’s business and reduce the management costs.

The third most important thing is the transparency. The network is the underlying infrastructure to all applications. The lack of transparency sometimes makes users feel that their network is a black box. A successful SDN product should give more transparency to the network administrators and other network users.

This article was sponsored by Alibaba and written by Linux.com.

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open networking

The industry is taking open networking to next level; learn more from Dell EMC’s Jeff Baher in this interview.

Ahead of the much anticipated 2018 Open Networking Summit, we spoke to Jeff Baher, director, Dell EMC Networking and Service Provider Solutions, about what lies ahead for open networking in the data center and beyond.

“For all that time that the client server world was gaining steam in decoupling hardware and software, networking was always in its own almost mainframe-like world, where the hardware and software were inextricably tied,” Baher explained. “Fast forward to today and there exists a critical need to usher networking into the modern world, like its server brethren, where independent decisions are made around hardware and software functions and services modules are assembled and invoked.”

Jeff Baher, director, Dell EMC Networking and Service Provider Solutions

Indeed, the decoupling is well on its way as is the expected rise of independent open network software vendors, such as Cumulus, Big Switch, IP Infusion and Pluribus, as well as Dell EMC’s OS10 Open Edition that are shaping a rapidly evolving ecosystem. Baher describes the progress in the industry thus far as Open Networking ‘1.0’, proving out the model successfully of decoupling networking hardware and software. And with this, the industry is forging ahead taking open networking to the next level.

Here are the insights Baher shared with us about where open networking is headed.

Linux.com: You refer to an industry shift around open networking, tell us about the shift that Dell EMC is talking about at ONS this year.

Jeff Baher: Well, to date we and our partners have been working hard to prove out the viability of the basic premise of open networking, disaggregating or decoupling networking hardware and software to drive an increase in customer choice and capability. This first phase, or as we say Open Networking 1.0, is four years in the making, and I would say it has been a resounding success as evidenced by some of the pioneering Tier 1 service provider deployments we’ve enabled. There is a clear-cut market fit here as we’ve witnessed both significant innovation and investment. And the industry is not standing still as it moves quickly to its 2.0 version. In this next version, the focus is shifting from decoupling the basic elements of hardware and software, to a focus on disaggregating the software stack itself.

Disaggregating the software stack involves exposing both the silicon and system software for adaption and abstraction This level of disaggregation also assumes a decoupling of the network application (i.e., routing or switching) from the platform operating system (the software that makes lights blink and fans spin). In this manner, with all the software functional elements exposed and disaggregated, independent software decisions can be made and development communities can form around flexible software composition, assembly and delivery models.

Linux.com: Why do people want this level of disaggregation?

Baher: Ultimately, it’s about more control, choice and velocity. With traditional networking systems, there’s typically a lot of code that isn’t necessarily always used. By moving to this new model predicated on disaggregated software elements, users can scale back that unused code and run a highly optimized network operating system (NOS) and applications allowing them to get peak performance, with increased security. And this can all be done independent of the underlying silicon, allowing user to be able to make independent decisions around silicon technology and software adaptation.

All of this, of course, is geared for a fairly savvy network department with most likely a large-scale operation to contend with. For the vast majority of IT shops, they won’t want to “crack the hood” of the network stack and disaggregate pieces. Instead, they will look for pre-packaged offerings derived from these larger “early adopter” experiences. For the larger early adopters, however, there can be virtually an immediate payback by customizing the networking stack, making any operational or technical hurdles well worth it.  These early adopters typically already live in a disaggregated world and hence will feel comfortable mixing and matching hardware, OS layers, and protocols to optimize their network infrastructure. A Tier 1 service provider deployment analysis by ACG Research estimates the realized gains with a disaggregated approach to be 47% lower for TCO, three time the service agility for new services at less than a third of the cost to enable them.

And it is worth noting the prominent role that open source technologies play in disaggregating the networking software stack. In fact, many would contend that open source technologies are foundational and critical to how this happens. This adds in a community aspect to innovation, arguably accelerating its pace along the way. Which brings us back full circle to why people want this level of disaggregation – to have more control over how networking software is architected and written, and how networks operate.

Linux.com: How does the disaggregation of the networking stack help fuel innovation in other areas, for example edge computing and IoT?

Baher: Edge computing is interesting as it really is the confluence of compute and networking. For some, it may look like a distributed data center, a few large hyperscale data centers with spokes out to the edge for IoT, 5G and other services. Each edge element is different in capability, form factor, software footprint and operating models. And when viewed through a compute lens, it will be assumed to be inherently a disaggregated, distributed element (with compute, networking and storage capabilities). In other words, hardware elements that are open, standards-based and without any software dependencies. And software for the IoT, 5G and enterprise edge that is also open and disaggregated such that it can be right-sized and optimized for that specific edge task. So if anything, I would say a disaggregated “composite” networking stack is a critical first step for enabling the next-generation edge.

We’re seeing this with mobile operators as they look to NFV solutions for 5G and IoT edge. We’re also seeing this at the enterprise edge, in particular with universal CPE (uCPE) solutions. Unlike previous generations where the enterprise edge meant a proprietary piece of hardware and monolithic software, it is now rapidly transforming into a compute-oriented open model where select networking functions are selected as needed. All of this is made possible by disaggregating the networking functions and applications from the underlying operating system. A ‘not so big a deal’ thing if from a server-minded vantage point, monumental if you come from “networking land”. Exciting times once again in the world of open networking!

This article was sponsored by Dell EMC and written by Linux.com.

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ONAP and OPNFV training sessions offered onsite at Open Networking Summit in Los Angeles will help you integrate open source into your NFV/SDN deployments.

If you are attending ONS, you know the value of open source projects. You know they are going to play a critical role in your ongoing or upcoming SDN/NFV transformation. Open source projects have become very successful in the enterprise space and they are poised to do the same in the communications service provider (CSP) arena.

In fact, several CSPs are already taking advantage of open source. Orange and China Mobile have used OPNFV continuous integration (CI) pipeline and testing projects to create an NFV onboarding framework within their organizations. Orange uses OPNFV for NFVI and VIM validation, VNF onboarding and validation, and network service onboarding. China Mobile uses OPNFV for their Telecom Integrated Cloud (TIC) to continuously integrate, onboard and test NFVI, VIM and VNFs; and full network service onboarding and testing using OPNFV is on their roadmap. In a nutshell, OPNFV tooling can drastically improve your NFV journey.

That leads to a question—how can you learn more about these projects, determine their value for your specific environment and map out your organization’s next steps? Certainly, you can review online materials on your own. However, if you are like me and learn best when another human being is providing or explaining the material starting with the basics, at an unhurried pace, then the ONAP and OPNFV training sessions offered onsite at Open Networking Summit in Los Angeles are something to consider. These training courses will empower you to integrate open source into your NFV/SDN deployments.

ONAP, the Open Network Automation Platform, provides network service design/lifecycle management and service assurance, and could serve as the centralpoint of your SDN/NFV efforts. Not only can ONAP fully automate network services, it can also help standardize VNF onboarding/validation, network service design, and analytic applications.

OPNFV, the Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV), creates reference architectures by integrating SDN/NFV-related open source projects, extensively tests the stack and fills feature gaps in upstream projects. OPNFV can be used to create reference stacks, validate and onboard VIM/NFVI/VNFs and establish interoperability. The OPNFV CI pipeline can also help organizations with cultural transformation to DevOps processes.

By taking either the ONAP or OPNFV course, you can learn deeply about the project, its components, and benefits to your organization. Both courses have two flavors —half day and full day. If your interest is mostly to get information, the half-day course is ideal. If you want to get your hands dirty, take the full-day course. All attendees will receive the same material in the morning. After lunch, full-day attendees will return and start hands-on labs. The OPNFV full-day course will take you through OPNFV deployment, Functest, and Yardstick testing projects. The ONAP full-day course will take you through ONAP deployment using OOM along with virtual firewall (vFW) network service creation and runtime. The labs are simple to follow but do require some basic Linux knowledge (i.e., command-line interface, elementary Linux commands including vi/vim, etc.)

If you will be at ONS and are interested in these areas, I encourage you to extend your stay through Friday and add a training course to your registration here.

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ATS, CloudOps, Comarch, Customer Care, Institute for Information Industry, JMA Wireless, Ribbon Communications and UNH InterOperability Lab Increase Investment in open networking  

SAN FRANCISCO — March 8, 2018 — LF Networking Fund (LFN), a Linux Foundation initiative that sustains and advances  various networking technologies, today announced that eight new members have joined the LFN  to foster collaboration and innovation across the entire networking stack. New Silver members ATS, CloudOps, Comarch, Customer Care, JMA Wireless, and Ribbon Communications, and new Associate members Institute for Information Industry (III), and UNH-InterOperability Lab join an existing roster of members working collaboratively to advance the future of networking.  

“After launching LFN in January, we’ve seen an influx of new members crossing various industries and geographies,” said Arpit Joshipura, General Manager, Networking and Orchestration, The Linux Foundation. “LFN membership growth represents interest from various verticals, signaling major momentum to leverage open source to redefine how networks and created a new generation of services are delivered.  We look forward to working together with these new members as they innovate across our global communities.”

The Linux Foundation introduced LFN Networking,, a new entity that integrates the governance of participating projects (including ONAP, OPNFV, OpenDaylight, FD.io, PNDA and SNAS) in order to enhance operational excellence, simplify member engagement, and increase collaboration across open source networking projects and standards bodies.  With more than 90 founding members, LFN is a home for increased harmonization across an open networking stack. build the new networking stack. To learn more about the approach to LFN, please read Arpit Joshipura’s recent blog post.

This March 26-29, LFN will participate in Open Networking Summit North America in Los Angeles. The conference will highlight the innovation from LFN’s technical projects that is breaking new ground for end users on their journey towards adoption and deployment of open source networking. The conference will also highlight the digital disruption of open source networking across various verticals such as cloud native, artificial intelligence, edge computing and more. To learn more and register, please visit here.

About the Newest Members:

  • ATS  is a service delivery organization with core competencies in spen source software around Virtual Infrastructure Management, Software-Defined-Networking, Network Functions Virtualization, Cyber Security, Data Analytics and Professional Services.
  • CloudOps is a cloud consulting and services company focused on open source, cloud platforms, networking and DevOps. The company helps businesses thrive in a data driven software economy with successful adoption and operation of cloud platforms, enabling self-service, utility economics and API-automated, continuous delivery of IT.
  • Comarch is a global provider of IT business solutions that aim to optimize operational and business processes.
  • Customer Care (CCI) is one of the leading companies in innovative software services and products based on open source technologies for the telecommunication industry.
  • Institute for Information Industry is a non-profit organization that supports the development/applications of the information industry as well as the information society in Taiwan.
  • JMA Wireless is the leading global innovator in mobile wireless connectivity solutions that assure infrastructure reliability, streamline service operations, and maximize wireless performance.
  • Ribbon Communications is a global technology company with more than two decades of leadership in real-time communications.
  • The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL) is a well-known independent, third-party laboratory dedicated to broad-based testing and standards conformance services for networking industries.

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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Member Supporting Quotes 

Comarch

“As a company that has worked together with telecoms for over two decades, we are in a position to bring real value to the ONAP and broader LFN community. We are certain that our ongoing investments in network automation support systems, cloud-native platforms, and the adoption of a microservice approach will contribute significantly to the LFNs effort, particularly in the areas of 5G, the Internet of Things, and virtual networks”, said Marcin Dąbrowski, Vice President and Director of the Telecommunications division at Comarch.

Customer Care

“Customer Care Inc (CCI) is delighted to announce that we have signed on as a silver member of LFN. Our expertise and years of experience with networks of scale, microservices, virtualization, big data along with domain expertise in telecommunications will makes us a trusted partner in furthering the role of open source and networking.”

JMA Wireless

“The move to an intelligent, software-based network infrastructure is crucial to enabling the next evolution of networks. JMA Wireless’ recent launch of XRAN, the first 100 percent software baseband engine, illustrates our commitment to participating in this important transformation and we look forward to collaborating with LFN.”

Ribbon Communications

“Being part of LFN is a great opportunity to collaborate with other industry leaders to further innovation and interoperability on open source projects like ONAP and OPNFV. As longtime supporters of open source, we are committed to these technologies and our membership in the LFN only strengthens that commitment. We look forward to working closely with other member organizations to bring about the true benefits and efficiencies of virtualization in our industry,” said Kevin Riley, Chief Technology Officer, Ribbon Communications.

Open Networking Summit

Last chance to save $605 on registration. Plus, check out the new keynote announcements.

ONS is the epicenter of idea exchange, decision making and project mapping across the open networking ecosystem. Attend this year, and join 2,000 architects, developers, and thought leaders to pave the future of networking integration, acceleration and deployment.

Newly Confirmed Keynote Speakers & Panelists:

    • Francis Arigo, Head of Architecture, Ticketmaster
    • Gavin Cato, SVP, Network Development Engineering, Dell EMC
    • Sarah Cooper, GM, IoT Analytics and Applications, Amazon Web Services
    • Alla Goldner, Director, Technology, Strategy and Standardization, Amdocs
    • Adan K. Pope, Chief Information Technology Officer, Ciena
    • Bill Ren, VP, Network Industry & Ecosystem Development, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    • Chris Rice, SVP of AT&T Labs, Domain 2.0 Architecture and Design, AT&T
    • Dan Rodriguez, VP, Data Center Group & General Manager, Communications Infrastructure Division, Intel
    • Jehanne Savi, Executive Leader, All-IP & On-Demand Networks Program, Orange
    • Ayush Sharma, SVP of Engineering and Technology, Reliance Jio
    • Chris Wright, VP and Chief Technology Officer, Red Hat

Event Highlights Include:

Developer Forums: LF Networking, Open Networking Foundation, and the Acumos Project will be holding developer forums on Monday, March 26 and the morning of Tuesday, March 27 prior to ONS to provide developers an opportunity for deep technical discussions, cross-project collaboration, hacking and more.

Onsite Attendee Reception & Solutions Showcase: Join fellow attendees for drinks, snacks, networking and the opportunity to check out 50+ demos and PoCs across the solutions showcase.

Workshops & Tutorials: Stay tuned for details on add-on workshops & tutorials taking place Monday, Tuesday and Friday at ONS from Ericsson, Intel and more.

Training Courses: Get deep-dive training post-event on OPNFV, ONAP, and more.

All-Attendee Reception: Join fellow attendees at the iconic Majestic Downtown for a night filled with great food, drinks, networking, and entertainment.

Morning activities: Start your day with a 5K Fun Run or Morning Meditation.

Symposium on SDN Research (SOSR): Provides an opportunity for industry and academia to jointly explore and debate recent developments related to all aspects of SDN.

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EdgeX

Learn more about the “California Preview,” due out in June, which provides a collection of five key microservices written in Go.

EdgeX Foundry is still a few months away from its one-year anniversary.  For those unfamiliar, EdgeX Foundry is a vendor-neutral, open source IoT edge computing framework project under The Linux Foundation.  At the heart of EdgeX is a microservice architecture which allows the platform to be distributed, updated, replaced, improved and even provided by commercial third parties for additional value add where it makes sense.  Its goal is to provide an interoperable platform (hardware and OS agnostic) to accelerate the deployment of industrial IoT solutions.

Even before the project’s first birthday, there is plenty to celebrate.

  • The first community release (code named ‘Barcelona’) last October.
  • A community of participating companies and organizations that started at 50+ and is now over 70+.
  • An announced alliance and liaison with the Industrial Internet Consortium to collaborate on test beds and best practices.
  • A bi-annual cadence producing technical roadmaps and releases to focus the community and deliver on the goals of the project – with the next release (code named ‘California’) scheduled for June.

From Fuse to EdgeX – The Evolution of the Platform

Although EdgeX is less than a year old, we did get a jump-start on the project.  Dell had been working on a proof-of-concept platform called Project Fuse that we contributed to The Linux Foundation to seed EdgeX Foundry.  While this effort helped boost the EdgeX launch, there are some challenges in taking a proof-of-concept project and turning it into a platform ready for industrial use.  As the architect and lead developer on Project Fuse, I can tell you that what was important to our proof-of-concept effort was demonstrating the architecture and trying to get the general design and API set correct.  When starting Project Fuse, Java offered the means to quickly prototype a cross-platform framework with plenty of libraries available to help connect many of today’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices and sensors.  Forefront in our thoughts, however, was not creating the most performant or efficient platform.

This was a fact that the community identified as a primary need in one of our first face-to-face meetings this past summer.  Java was flexible and platform independent, but when looking at the edge requirements, it was evident that the platform needed to get faster and it needed to get smaller.

Looking back on my notes just before EdgeX’s launch in April of 2017, I had collected statistics on the size of the EdgeX microservice containers and use of memory (RAM).  The table below has a sampling.

In addition, the startup time for each microservice was measured in minutes (vs. seconds).  For an edge platform, it was clear this wasn’t going to do the job.  As the technical “father” of EdgeX, I had to admit “my baby” had a weight issue.

California Preview

As a community, in our July 2017 technical steering committee face-to-face meeting in London, we resolved to moving the microservice code base from Java to Go.  At the time of our Barcelona release in October, the EdgeX community made announcements regarding our commitment to reducing the original footprint, startup times and overall performance by making a move from Java to Go.  We had even done some early prototyping in Go with one service to show that our migration had promise.

The community worked hard to prove the diet plan was working and this past month, only 3 months from our first release, the EdgeX community made available what we are calling the “California Preview.”  This preview is a collection of five key microservices written in Go that are drop in replacements for our Java microservices.  The work on the California release (again not due until June) still continues, but we wanted to show the world that EdgeX was indeed going to be fast, small and still a flexible platform for building IIoT solutions – thus we named this a “preview” of what we hope to show in full by the California release.

The New Slimmer EdgeX

In the preview, the core services (Core Data, Metadata, and Command) have been recreated in Go Lang, as well as the bulk of the Export Client and Export Distribution microservices.  Just how fast and how small has EdgeX gotten? Let’s take a look at some of the new EdgeX measurements. 

Go is compiled into an executable and does not require the virtual machine which Java requires.  Plus, in Java, we took advantage of many frameworks like Spring to build our initial proof-of-concept platform.  This helped us get something up quickly, but in a framework, there are a lot of features that you don’t end up using causing bloat of the overall program artifact.

What this table does not depict is also the reduction in the spikes of memory usage that is smaller in Go.  The necessary Java garbage collection causes larger spikes in memory usage.

CPU usage is estimated as there can be wide swings in usage based on what is happening in each service and on the hardware itself.  These numbers are based on averages observed while running the virtual device service.  Again, the Java microservices often spike much higher (sometimes up into the 75% range), which is not depicted here.

Without the JVM, Spring Bean instantiation, etc., the Go executable leaves no question that our EdgeX startup time will eventually be measured in sub-seconds and not minutes.

I’ll let these numbers speak for themselves.  As you can hopefully see for yourself, the EdgeX community is getting ready to release an IIoT platform that is going to meet the community’s expectations with regard to performance.  If all the numbers are a bit much, let me give you a simple visual comparing the Java versus Go microservices to that you have an appreciation of the direction of EdgeX memory usage and startup times.

And, if your use case requires more real-time performance, there are members of our community like IoTech that are building real time extensions of EdgeX.

The Power of Microservices Architecture

The microservice architecture proved its value as part of this Java-to-Go evolution.  When designing the platform, we knew that pieces of the platform were going to be updated and evolve over time.  We also knew that in order to support industry advances, we had to expect the underlying technology used to deliver a microservice to evolve over time.  The history of software is one of always emerging new programming languages, approaches, technology, etc.  We could not expect that the platform was always going to be Java, or C, or any technology for that matter.  Within a few short months of its existence, our theory on that evolution was tested and validated with the move from Java microservices to Go microservices.  

The microservice architecture allowed various teams to replace the Java microservices without impacting any other part of the platform.  It even allowed other community members to provide additions and fixes as the Go microservices were being developed.  It was kind of like watching your local automobile repairman replacing significant elements of your engine while traveling down the interstate highway to your next destination.

As EdgeX evolves, we believe the next phase of this architectural approach will show itself again as community members are starting think about and develop commercial microservice replacements where they add value and solve the needs of particular use cases/verticals.

The Forecast and Future

If we take the first 5 EdgeX Go replacement microservices and extrapolate the same savings to all of the EdgeX microservices, the forecast size and performance of EdgeX looks very good.
If this forecast is even close, then all of EdgeX will be smaller and faster than one of the original microservices just a year ago!  This list depicts just a few key metrics and we still have work to do to complete this transition by our California release.  Also, there are some additional infrastructure (MongoDB and Consul) and microservices (Scheduling) that are not included in the totals.  Still, the forecast looks bright.

In addition to the smaller, faster EdgeX, our California release is also hoping to include some key additions and improvements.

  • Initial security services/capability to include a reverse proxy API manager, authentication/authorization services, and data protection services.
  • An initial system management API offered in all the microservices along with managing agent.
  • Delivery of EdgeX Foundry containers for ARM platforms (natively tested on ARM hardware)
  • Improved and overhauled documentation set; moving developer documentation from Wiki to GitHub so that it is updated/maintained/reviewed like code is (through formal pull requests, etc.).  
  • Device Service SDKs in Go Lang and C/C++
  • Blackbox tests for the entire EdgeX API set

Indeed, the future of EdgeX is bright.  The platform is getting smaller and the community around it is getting bigger…all before we’ve even lit the candle on the first birthday cake.  

Jim White is an EdgeX Foundry TSC Member and Chair of Core Services Working Group. He is also Distinguished Engineer and Project Lead of the IoT Platform Development Team within Dell Technologies IoT Solutions Division.

Open Networking Summit

See the full schedule for Open Networking Summit North America, featuring 75+ sessions.

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The Open Networking Summit North America (ONS) schedule is now live and features 75+ sessions across 6 tracks:

  • Networking Business and Architecture
  • Service Provider & Cloud Networking (Business & Architecture)
  • Service Provider & Cloud Networking (Technical)
  • Enterprise IT (Business & Architecture)
  • Enterprise IT DevOps (Technical)
  • Networking Futures

In addition, hear from industry visionaries in keynote sessions; attend LF Networking, Acumos Project, and Open Networking Foundation Developer Forums; and sign up for technical training on ONAP & OPNFV.

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The early registration deadline for ONS is coming up fast. Register by February 11 to save $805 on the industry’s premiere open networking event.

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Featured conference sessions include:

  • Automate or Die: 5 Network Automation Things You Have to Do – Eric Hanselman, 451 Research
  • Platform Approach for SDN Predictive Management Using AI and ML – David Lu, AT&T
  • Colt’s Evolution: From MPLS to Cloud Networking – Javier Benitez, Colt Technology Services
  • Containers and Clusters for Customer Success – Balasubramaniyan Kannan, Equinix
  • K8Guard an Auditing System for Kubernetes – Medya Ghazizadeh, Google
  • Intelligence Driven Network: The “Next Hop” of Internet – David Meyer, Huawei
  • Creating a Safer, Smart ride – NFV for Automotive – Steven Furr, NXP
  • Istio and Envoy: Enabling Sidecars for Microservices – Angela Chin, Pivotal
  • 5G and Open Source Networking – Jamil Chawki, Orange
  • A New Software Engineering Methodology for creating Resilient Microservices – Pethuru Raj, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd.

The Developer Forums will take place Monday, March 26 and Tuesday, March 27; schedules will be announced shortly. Training will take place Friday, March 30; classes will be announced shortly.

More Reasons to Attend:

  • Solutions Showcase: Experience demonstrations of the latest collaborative, multi-organization solutions in the world of open-source SDN and NFV from the LF Networking, Open Networking Foundation and Acumos project booths along with solutions and demos presented by our sponsors.
  • Special Events: Collaborate and network with evening events including an onsite reception and offsite event at The Majestic and, for our speakers, sponsors and media, a Partner Reception at the Grammy Museum.
  • Symposium on SDN Research (SOSR): Explore and debate recent developments related to all aspects of SDN with industry leaders and academia visionaries.

Don’t miss out! Early bird registration costs $1,195 (a $805 savings) through February 11.

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Linux Foundation members and LF Networking members receive an additional 20% discount off current registration pricing. Email events@linuxfoundation.org for discount details. Academic and student discounts are also available. Applications for diversity and needs-based scholarships are currently being accepted. For information on eligibility and how to apply, click here.

By Chris Donley, Sr Director, Open Source Ecosystems, Huawei; Chair, OPNFV Certification & Compliance Committee

As we kick off 2018, the OPNFV Compliance & Certification committee—the members driven body within OPNFV that defines recommendations to the Board for policies and oversight for compliance and certification—is pleased to announce the launch of the OPNFV Verified Program (OVP). The program is designed to simplify adoption of NFV in commercial products by establishing an industry threshold based on OPNFV releases. The fact we are using an open source platform as referent to measure compliance of commercial products—not necessarily based on its source code—is a new and innovative step for the industry.

The OPNFV Verified Program facilitates both vendor self-testing and third-party lab testing using the Dovetail test suite. In our initial version, we will be testing NFV infrastructure components: NFVI and VIM. In the future, we may expand the program to cover VNFs and other components, as well. In December, just ahead of the launch, we conducted a “beta program” with several vendors: Huawei, Nokia, Wind River, and ZTE. These companies provided valuable feedback while we refined and finalized the program. They also represent the first cohort to received the privilege of using the OPNFV Verified mark and logo. Congratulations to these companies and we welcome additional members of the open NFV ecosystem to join us!

OPNFV Verified Program is designed to help operators establish entry criteria for their trials and RFPs. We have worked closely with end user advisor operators to establish a framework and an initial bar to support their requirements. The program will also reduce operator testing load by identifying a set of common tests and executing them just once under the auspices of the OPNFV Verified Program, rather than many times in many labs. As OPNFV and the industry at large continue to mature, we will steadily raise the bar in future versions as to what becomes verified. We expect two OPNFV Verified versions per year, denoted with the month and the year to make it easy to identify the compliance level of submitted products.

Under the auspices of The Linux Foundation, we are well positioned to expand the program to support other projects in the future. Prior to the official launch, we initiated discussions with related projects on leveraging the program to support the wider open source community. OPNFV’s C&C, the group responsible for chartering the OPNFV Verified Program, is also exploring additional operator use cases that can be incorporated into the compliance test suite.

I am excited about the launch of the OPNFV Verified Program and I hope you will join us in 2018! To operators, I invite you to share your use cases and functional requirements, and please consider incorporating OPNFV Verified into your RFP process or lab trials. To vendors, I hope you’ll download the Dovetail tool and test your commercial offerings. If you’re looking for assistance, several third-party labs are eager to help. Learn more about the OPNFV Verified Program and get started today!

Please direct any questions you may have to verified@opnfv.org.

This article originally appeared at OPNFV.

Open Networking Summit

Check out the initial round of keynotes for Open Networking Summit North America 2018.

Open Networking Summit (ONS) is the industry’s premier open networking event gathering enterprises, cloud and service providers, from across the ecosystem to share learnings, highlight innovation and discuss the future of Open Source Networking.

Hear from industry visionaries and leaders on the latest updates and the future of Networking beyond SDN/NFV including 5G & IoT; cloud networking (Kubernetes & Cloud Foundry); AI & ML applied to networks; and the use of networking in industry verticals like FinTech and Automotive.

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Keynote speakers and panelists include:

  • Yiqun Cai, Vice President, Alibaba Group
  • Wendy Cartee, Senior Director of Cloud-Native Applications Marketing, VMware
  • Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
  • Justin Dustzadeh, Head of Global Network & Software Platform, Uber
  • Andre Fuetsch, President, AT&T Labs, and Chief Technology Officer, AT&T
  • Ron Haberman, Vice President, Emerging Products, Nokia Software
  • Mats Karlsson, Head of R&D and Portfolio, Ericsson
  • Nick McKeown, Chief Scientist, Chairman & Co-Founder, Barefoot Networks, and Professor, Stanford University
  • Bob Monkman, Director, Software Strategy and Ecosystem Programs, Network Infrastructure, Arm
  • Guru Parulkar, Executive Director, Open Networking Foundation and Stanford Platform Lab, Stanford University

Additional keynotes will be announced along with the conference schedule on February 8th.

Highlights Include:

  • Leading experts: The by-invitation Open Networking Innovation Forum is co-located with ONS gathering top thought leaders and visionaries in the Networking space.
  • Solutions showcase: At the LF Networking, Open Networking Foundation and Acumos project booths, experience demos of collaborative, multi organization solutions at the cutting edge of open source SDN and NFV.
  • Training: Get deep-dive training post-event on OPNFV, ONAP and more.
  • Evening events: Network and collaborate with business (CIO/CTO/Architects) and technical (DevOps) attendees. Evening events include an all-attendee onsite reception, and offsite evening event at The Majestic, as well as a partner reception for speakers, sponsors and media at the Grammy Museum.
  • LFN, ONF and Acumos Project Developer Forums: 1.5 day developer-focused forums including cross-project plenary sessions, a mix of presentation sessions and opportunities for breakout meetings/hacking.
  • Symposium on SDN Research (SOSR): Provides an opportunity for industry and academia to jointly explore and debate recent developments related to all aspects of SDN.

The full schedule of sessions and activities will be announced February 8th.

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