LF Networking Launches Anuket, an Open Source Project to Accelerate Infrastructure Compliance, Interoperability and 5G Deployments
– OPNFV and CNTT merge to form Anuket, enable rapid deployment of cloud native and virtual network functions (CNFs & VNFs), infrastructure, and services
– Anuket unifies global ecosystem of telecom operators, vendors, and systems integrators with over 100 organizations participating to date
– New project facilitates seamless lifecycle management for integrating requirements, architecture, specifications, implementation, testing and deployment of Telecom Network Infrastructure
LF Networking (LFN), which facilitates collaboration and operational excellence across open source networking projects, 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 empower the global communications community to deliver compliant network services faster, more reliably and securely, and accelerate the transformation to cloud native infrastructures.
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Anuket delivers standardized reference infrastructure specifications and conformance frameworks for virtualized and cloud native network functions, enabling faster and more robust onboarding into production, reducing costs, and accelerating telecom digital transformation. 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.
“It’s incredible to see the evolution of what began as the Open Platform for Network Functions Virtualization over six years ago,” said Heather Kirksey, vice president of Community and Ecosystem Development at the Linux Foundation. “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.”
“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,” said Walter Kozlowski, Anuket Technical Steering Committee co-chair and Principal, Cloud Infrastructure Architecture, at Telstra. “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.”
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