LF Networking Launches Open Source Project Anuket

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  • Anuket tools and artifacts will help the global communications community to deliver compliant network services faster, more reliably and securely, and accelerate the transformation to cloud native infrastructures
  • Anuket delivers standardised reference infrastructure specifications and conformance frameworks for virtualised and cloud native network functions

LF Networking (LFN) has announced the creation of the Anuket project. A merger of CNTT (The Cloud iNfrastructure Telco Taskforce, which provided reference models and architectures for both virtual machine and containerized network functions) and OPNFV (the Open Platform for NFV, which reduced time to integrate and deploy NFV infrastructure and onboard VNF/CNFs), Anuket tools and artifacts will help the global communications community to deliver compliant network services faster, more reliably and securely, and accelerate the transformation to cloud native infrastructures.

Heather Kirksey, vice president of Community and Ecosystem Development at the Linux Foundation said, “It’s incredible to see the evolution of what began as the Open Platform for Network Functions Virtualization over six years ago. With Anuket, we are making it easier and more efficient for CSPs to transform their networks and save money, with one, end-to-end platform.”

Anuket delivers standardised reference infrastructure specifications and conformance frameworks for virtualized and cloud native network functions. By continuing OPNFV’s legacy of operating upstream with collaboration across other open source projects (such as LF Networking, LF Edge, CNCF, LF AI, ODIM and other industry organizations and standards bodies) and CNTT’s operator focus, the project ensures technology meets business and operational needs. Anuket will also preserve CNTT’s close working relationship with GSMA, who will continue to publish the project’s Reference Model work.

Operator requirements collection and normalisation

Walter Kozlowski, Anuket Technical Steering Committee co-chair and Principal, Cloud Infrastructure Architecture, at Telstra said, “The Anuket project is unique in covering Operator requirements collection and normalisation, subsequent open-source software development, through to Industry certification programs of ecosystem implementations, all under a single initiative. I am proud to serve in the role of a co-chair of its Technical Steering Committee, and I am excited by the unique opportunity this project creates for my company and for the whole industry, in the area of network transformation and related telco open infrastructure.”

It said that the project will build on the long-standing success of each community’s output. OPNFV’s final stand-alone release, Jerma, delivered in December, delivered CNTT-ready capabilities. It included an initial cloud native Reference Implementation and integration of cloud native testing aligned with CNTT’s R2 work.

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