SONATA NFV: Agile Service Development and Orchestration in 5G Virtualized Networks
SONATA targets both the flexible programmability of software networks and the optimization of their deployments.
The project will support network function chaining and orchestration, make service platforms modular and easier to customize to the needs of different service providers, and introduce a specialized DevOps model for supporting developers.
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SONATA celebrated its 8th plenary meeting at Paderborn University this week.
After the recent release of SONATA 2.0, pilots were at the heart of this meeting´s discussions. The project is now working on delivering three pilots:
Sonata Main Objectives
Reduce time-to-market of networked services
SONATA streamlines development with abstract programming models, SDK and a DevOps model that integrates operators, manufacturers and third-party developers.
Optimize resources and reduce costs of service deployment and operation
SONATA orchestrates complex services to connectivity, computing and storage resources, and automatically re-configures running services.
Accelerate industry adoption of software networks
SONATA supports the full service lifecycle: development, testing, orchestration, deployment, management and operations, and will define a roadmap for uptake of its results towards stakeholders' larger transition to SDN/NFV.
SONATA Value and Stakeholders
SONATA’s open source results will have a diverse impact on an expanding telecom sector, including operators, manufacturers and third-party developers:
- reduce time-to-market for networked services
- optimize network management, reducing OpEx
- increase reliability and QoS for 5G networks and deployed services
- decrease barrier of entry and empower third-party developers
SONATA Use Cases and Pilots
SONATA includes industry use cases and a future pilot program for demonstration of its service platform, orchestrator, programming model, SDK and DevOps approach. Key examples focus on a Virtual Evolved Packed Core (vEPC), Virtual Content Delivery Networks (vCDN), Internet of Things (IoT), Personal Security Services, Industrial Networks and new multi-provider business models.
SONATA Architecture and Open Source Implementation
SONATA is developing a NFV framework that provides a programming model and development toolchain for virtualized services, fully integrated with a DevOps-enabled service platform and orchestration system.
The open source results will be release throughout its 30 month workplan
- Programming model and SDK to facilitate service development
- Service platform with modular orchestration framework
- DevOps model for software networks that integrates operators with external stakeholders
Right now the group is working on its first implementation, with a release scheduled in the summer of 2016.
The SONATA project is an EU-funded project (Horizon 2020) and part of the 5G-PPP initiative. The innovative project has a 30 month workplan, recently started in July 2015. SONATA is a highly collaborative effort, with 15 partners representing telecom operators, manufacturers, system integrators, service providers, SME developers, research and academic institutes.
SONATA consortium is constituted by 15 partners representing telecom operators, manufacturers, system integrators, service providers, SME developers and research and academic institutes.