Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networks (SDN) are technologies that provide agility in the networking space, while reducing CAPEX and OPEX, but they need to be Managed and Orchestrated accordingly in order to provide Network Services. That is the role of the Management and Orchestration (MANO) stack, as defined by the ETSI recommendations. Furthermore, as the industry moves from dedicated boxes into Virtual Network Functions, the desire to automate and ease the deployment process has never been higher.
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WhiteNFV’s architecture is based on Open Source MANO latest release (Release FIVE to this date), so it includes the latest developments. Main components are:
Most components, except for VCA, are delivered as Docker Containers:
Our deployments make use of a Container Orchestration Engine (COE) to implement a resilient architecture. In particular, this COE is based on our own Kubernetes distribution (WhiteMist), that will ensure a distributed and resilient deployment, taking advantage of the newest dockerized architecture of OSM. High availability and VIP load balancing is implemented by COE, providing a highly reliable solution.
At Whitestack we value Network Services stability, and will put all our efforts together to implement a tiered continuous integration and delivery platform, aimed to combine rigorous testing with the agility required by business units. By using an automated continuous testing environment, we are going to keep track of the repository health, detecting (before any major Release) any commit that breaks functionality.
We care about maturity of the Code, so since OSM Release FIVE (and following releases), we implement a technical process to minimize negative impact of the most recent features introduced. After any major release, a rigorous automated testing process will follow (based on most typical customer scenarios), with intermediate releases candidates that might be tested in our labs and/or in our customers’ labs. When ready, an ER (Early Release) will be shipped to selected customers, to be deployed within a limited scope and under detailed supervision. After maturity, a GA (General Availability) release will be made available globally.
WhiteNFV is 100% aligned with OSM Upstream releases, so newest features will be available for our customer’s production environments by either:
In cases where Whitestack contributes the feature, the preferred path would be to make it available to upstream first. The final decision of making the feature available upstream will depend on the owner’s and requested agreement, and then on its general need in other environments.
Within the NFV space, it has been exposed to interoperability tests in all latest ETSI NFV Plugtests events. Throughout these tests, WhiteNFV features are continuously validated with different VIMs from other manufacturers, with VNFs from different vendors, and evolving ETSI NFV standards.
Download the latest ETSI Plugtests Reports:
Whitestack is one of the most active members at the Open Source MANO community, having the following formal roles:
Check the links below for some of our videos and write-ups: