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Amdocs Endorses Linux Foundation's ECOMP Effort

By Paula Bernier January 16, 2017

Amdocs has signed on to be part of the Linux Foundation’s ECOMP effort.

ECOMP stands for enhanced control, orchestration, management, and policy. AT&T contributed ECOMP to the Linux Foundation, which aims to open source it to cloud developers and service providers starting this year.

The fact that Amdocs is part of the ECOMP effort under the Linux Foundation comes as no surprise, as in July of last year Amdocs announced that it would be acting as the integrator for those who use ECOMP to build software-centric network services.

“By deploying OpenECOMP, service providers can move from today's appliance-based, proprietary networks to easily configurable and scalable software-based networks and associated services. These software-driven networks will allow carriers to be much quicker with new service introduction and provide an improved connectivity and service experience to their customers,” said Gary Miles, chief marketing officer at Amdocs. “Having co-developed important modules to be contributed to OpenECOMP, we are in a position to help customers achieve an early advantage in leveraging OpenECOMP for service innovation.”

ECOMP can help enable network operators to automate configuration and management of their networks, implement master service orchestration, do rapid service design, and have a single view of both physical and virtual network assets and services. In addition to AT&T, ECOMP now has the backing of Bell Canada and Orange.

In an interview with me last week, Adnan Saleem, CTO of software and cloud solutions at Radisys, said ECOMP’s strength is that it covers the entire lifecycle of management, identifying fault management, policy, redundancy issues, and more. But, he noted, ECOMP is still fairly new and needs to be proven.

While ECOMP seems to have some real momentum behind it, it’s not the only NFV MANO approach out there.

In a recent interview with TMC, GigaSpaces CTO Nati Shalom said that there are currently three main projects addressing NFV MANO. That includes ARIA, ECOMP, and Open-O. Shalom described ARIA as an open source, open governance library of orchestration tools for TOSCA orchestration led by Cloudify. Open-O, he noted, is a Linux Foundation open orchestration project with participation from China Mobile, China Telecom, Ericsson, GigaSpaces/Cloudify, Huawei, Intel, PCCW, VMWare, and ZTE.

Edited by Alicia Young

Executive Editor, TMC

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