ONOS Project's Hummingbird Now Available

By Frank Griffin September 29, 2016

Fueling innovation in any industry requires the collaboration of the many different organizations that operate in the sector. This is because they are intimately aware of the problems and potential solutions that exist in the ecosystem in order to improve the way they operate. The ONOS (Open Network Operating System) Project was established with that very same goal by bringing the leading global companies in ITC. The organization just announced it has released its eighth quarterly platform release, Hummingbird.

According to ONOS, Hummingbird is the only SDN control plane that can support both disruptive and incremental SDN for service providers and enterprises looking to keep up and remain agile with the increasing number of new generation services in the marketplace driven by mobile devices, video and big data applications.

As an open source SDN networking operating system for service provider networks architected for high performance, scale and availability, ONOS was established and continues to get the support of global ICT companies, including but not limited to AT&T, China Unicom, Google, NTT Communications, Verizon, Cisco Systems, Ericsson, Huawei Technologies, Intel Corporation, Nokia and Samsung.

These companies have come together to develop tools and platforms to realize the full potential of Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network functions virtualization (NFV) and cloud technologies. Hummingbird will push that agenda further ahead by delivering significant improvements with the vacant expansion of Southbound and Northbound protocols, and advances in ONOS’ ability to support incremental SDN on legacy devices.

With Southbound protocols, Hummingbird makes it possible for ONOS to configure and control legacy networks with additional support for Arista and Cisco devices. And with Northbound, it will be able to add more flexibility for intent-based management by improving interoperability in ways for applications to interact with the Northbound protocol through message bus integration (RabbitMQ from ADARA and Kafka from Calix).

“Hummingbird is the ideal platform to deliver the full SDN value proposition to service providers. Hummingbird delivers important advancements not only in the core control functions, but also in support of automation and configuration of legacy and OpenFlow-enabled devices to serve the growing set of use cases being tackled by service providers today and into the future,” said Bill Snow, vice president of engineering, ON.Lab.

The new features in ONOS Hummingbird include the previously mentioned Southbound, Northbound, disruptive SDN as well as legacy device support, commercial support and a broad set of use cases.

Even though many organizations have migrated to SDN, there is still a considerable number that are using legacy systems. The new features will give these organizations the ability to effectively use their networks more intelligently, which will hopefully help in their decision to fully adopt SDN and NFV solutions. 

Edited by Alicia Young

Contributing Writer

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