Traditionally, networks were only concerned with explicit instructions to move traffic from point A to point B without much concern for efficiency or abstraction, but networking has come a long way. The industry is rapidly shifting toward more intelligent, self-composing networks. To that end, Lumina has made great strides over the past few years to help Service Providers build intent-based networking architectures.
The updates released today accelerate the transformation journey by making improvements for closed-loop automation. With the updates we’ve made combined with recent open source contributions and updates, we're helping Service Providers worldwide cut costs, improve resource utilization, and reduce service delivery times.
Solution & Product Updates
Today, we announced updates to Lumina Extension & Adaptation Platform (LEAP) as part of Lumina’s Intent-Based Service Automation Solution. LEAP helps deliver network flexibility by making network applications aware and cloud-ready. The update includes new features which simplify control of network workflows.
LEAP uses model-driven frameworks to shield the complexity of underlying southbound interfaces in a language-agnostic manner. Because it eases the addition of new microservices-based components, DevOps teams can leverage previous scripting skills to extend their service automation frameworks in-house.
Since its release in February 2019, LEAP has extended the benefits of the OpenDaylight-based Lumina SDN Controller to six CSPs worldwide. LEAP is currently used to simplify brownfield resource automation to help support the transformative journey to 5G deployments and DevOps principles.
LEAP Feature Updates Include:
- API-driven workflow engine for deterministic workflow behavior with a rich set of new workflow actions for both cancellation and suspension of workflows. This provides users with more control to southbound devices, enabling the workflow engine to ease automation processes.
- Dynamic Workflow Parallelism: allows identical tasks to execute in parallel, which speeds up automation processes and optimizes performance while reducing OPEX.
- Open Tracing enables debugging of microservices-based components to increase efficiencies by easing the automation of previously manual troubleshooting processes.
- Workflow API layer allows operations on service YANG models directly to further simplify automation.
Also included in this announcement is the release of the Lumina SDN Controller 11.2.0, a component of LEAP. The pure-play open source controller has been updated to the OpenDaylight Sodium release to improve scalability and stability. Enhancements to YANG tools reduce memory footprint to help improve performance while model-driven service abstraction layer improvements help support multi-vendor interoperability. The updated controller also enables BGPCEP functionality in alignment with updated standards.
It is important to highlight that LSC 11.2.0 now requires Python3 for installation. Both JDK8 and JDK11 are supported and the only recommended operating systems to install LSC 11.2.0 are Centos/RH 7.2 and Ubuntu 16.04. More details at LSC 11.2.0 Installation guide.
A Renewed Commitment to Integration & Community Innovation
Renewing our commitment to the market to upstream our innovation to open source, we recently contributed components of our Intent-Based Service Automation solution to OpenDaylight in October 2019. OpenDaylight-Plastic brings resilient model-to-model translation capabilities through various mechanisms. These mechanisms include, but are not limited to, declarative expressions of schemas, schema-independent morphing, and unbounded data morphing.
Making further progress to enabling multi-vender interoperability, Lumina has recently participated in EANTC multi-vendor testing to demonstrate its ability to provide ubiquitous network control for Service Providers. This control will help providers unify programmable and brownfield resource controls. By including Lumina in these tests, the market is finally signaling the importance of open source control to enable multi-vendor environments.
Lumina Networks’ open source networking solutions simplify and automate heterogeneous networks. By combining engineering excellence, open source leadership, and agile development methodology, we empower Service Providers to reimagine their futures without the risk of vendor lock-in. By unifying network architectures and enabling intent-based network functionality, we provide a customer-centric approach to building and delivering on-demand, customizable services.
We understand the transition to more agile networks is a complex endeavor, and that no two transformations are similar. Request a demo and better understand how this flexible platform can support your unique needs.