AT&T Open Sourcing Its SDN Management Platform
Officials with the carrier say they are releasing the ECOMP technology to the open-source community via the Linux Foundation.AT&T officials are following through on a promise to release the management and automation platform for the company's software-centric network initiative to the open-source community. Through the move, the carrier is enabling service providers and cloud developers access to its Enhance Control, Orchestration, Management and Policy (ECOMP) platform in hopes of accelerating innovation in networks and the cloud and more quickly delivering capabilities and services to address the growing demands brought on by such emerging trends as the Internet of things (IoT), self-driving cards, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) and 4K video. AT&T officials in June said they would release all 8. 5 million lines of ECOMP. The carrier is working with the Linux Foundation on bringing the management platform to open source. "Over the last few years, AT&T invented what we believe to be the most sophisticated, comprehensive and scalable software-centric network in the world," John Donovan, chief strategy officer and group president of technology and operations at the carrier, said in a statement, noting that after talking about ECOMP in March, others in the industry asked to join in. "Today, we're letting anyone use and build upon our millions of lines of software code by committing to releasing it into the open source community."
ECOMP is a foundational element of AT&T's high-profile initiative to transform its infrastructure into a software-centric environment that includes such technologies as software-defined networking (SDN) and network-functions virtualization (NFV), both of which are aimed at creating software-based networks that are more programmable, scalable and agile than traditional networks based on hardware. NFV puts such networking tasks as load balancing, routing, and intrusion detection and prevention into software, while SDN puts the control plane for those virtual network functions (VNFs) into software.