Vendors are racing to support companies’ hybrid and multicloud strategies, with Kubernetes often central to their plans. It’s natural, then, that the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) has announced two projects to ease the cross-cloud pain.
Three components — build, cross-cloud, cross-project — make up the cross-cloud testing system. They that continually validate the interoperability of each CNCF project for any commit on stable and latest development version across all supported cloud providers.
The cross-cloud CI project consists of a cross-cloud testing system, status repository server and a dashboard. The dashboard displays the status on both the latest release and the latest development version.
For the first time, the dashboard includes the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP), an automation project that grew from telecoms including AT&T and China Mobile that runs on top of Kubernetes. It enables users to automate, design, orchestrate and manage services and virtual functions.
“The demo is taking the ONAP and using Kubernetes along with multiple other CNCF projects and deploying both on multiple clouds — Google, Azure, IBM, even bare metal,” he explained. “It’s saying that if you’re in a telecom world that values network automation, you can now containerize your applications, make them portable across clouds, and you can have your development process — CI/CD — integrated and run by Kubernetes as the underlying layer of the load that allows for the power of containers as we move forward.”
ONAP automates connectivity for more than 60 percent of the subscriber base globally, Joshipura said, eliminating the manual work required for carriers to connect services to infrastructure, be it the data center or the cloud.
For historical reasons, ONAP originated to run on two clouds, Rackspace or Azure, explained Dan Kohn, CNCF executive director.
“What we’re showing, which is pretty amazing, is that when you run ONAP on top of Kubernetes, it acts as a universal translation layer. It lets you run it on any cloud. You can also run it on bare metal. In addition, you can do a hybrid cloud. We’re also showing it running on OpenShift,” he said.
While people understand, in principle that Kubernetes runs on any cloud and that ONAP can be run on Kubernetes, “to work with the different interfaces is really quite challenging and time-consuming,” Kohn said. “They all have different ways of setting things up. There’s stuff — firewalls and DNS and stuff — that needs to be custom configured. What’s neat about it is that there’s nothing manual. Every day, it takes the latest version of Kubernetes and deploys it onto all these clouds and deploys ONAP onto them as well.”
The demo in some ways underplays that this level of interoperability is now feasible, he said.
It’s a convergence of three distinct worlds here that historically have been separate, according to Joshipura: the public cloud; the telecom network or service-provider world and the enterprise data center (software-defined data centers).
“We’re saying for 2018 and beyond, there’s an intersection of these verticals and markets that we’re starting to integrate and use each other’s best of breeds, if you may, that gives portability and power to these services,” he said.
“It’s the start of what I call harmonization across technology landscapes and across markets.”
A blog post contains two videos explaining the ONAP platform: a design-time environment to design, define and program the platform; and an execution-time environment to execute the logic programmed in the design phase.
AT&T’s Manoop Talasila dives into the platform’s ability to integrate and manage different applications in a centralized portal core.
The service design and creation (SDC) and integrated development environment (IDE), is a subsystem of the design-time framework, accessible through the ONAP portal. SDC provides the tools for designing services as well as creating the necessary artifacts for service orchestration with a drag-and-drop interface.
AT&T and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) recently announced a collaboration to integrate the ONF’s work on multigigabit PON (Passive Optical Networking) with ONAP.
Cloud Native Computing Foundation is a sponsor of The New Stack.
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