OPEN-Orchestrator Project (OPEN-O), an industry collaboration to set up a Software Defined Networking(SDN) and Network Function Virtualization(NFV) unified orchestrator was announed at the recently concluded Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The collaboration which is led by The Linux Foundation together with China Mobile and Huawei sees China Telecom, KT and other leading service providers joining in as initial members along with vendors such as Ericsson, F5 Networks, Intel and ZTE. This collaborative effort aims to bring the industry together to develop the first open source software framework and orchestrator to enable agile SDN & NFV operations.
As an open source orchestration framework, OPEN-O will integrate open networking technologies and enable carriers to quickly and cost-effectively implement SDN and NFV through open source code development. The project will also aim to accelerate multi-vendor integration, service innovation and improve agility across network operations.
Li Zhengmao, executive vice president of China Mobile
By embracing open source, China Mobile is expecting that the OPEN-O project will develop state-of-art open-source orchestrator software. .
Dr. Howard Liang, Huawei's senior vice president and president of the Global Technical Service Dept
The orchestrator is the core component for NFV/SDN-based systems integration and involves a large number of multivendor interfaces.