Linux Foundation's ONAP 'Casablanca' Enables 5G Management

Today’s topics include the Linux Foundation adding new features to ONAP Casablanca for 5G enablement, and Censys raising seed money to expand internet scanning for threat hunting.

The Linux Foundation's LF Networking project group last week took the next step in delivering an open-source platform to enable telecom providers to deploy next-generation network services.

The "Casablanca" release of the Open Networking Automation Platform contains new features to enable 5G management, cross-carrier networking and automation, as well as new resources to ease deployment and integration of the platform.

Although much progress has been made on the road to 5G, including new chipsets, radios, forthcoming phones and so on, one of the most critical pieces to making 5G a reality is starting to be fleshed out with ONAP Casablanca, according to Linux Foundation Vice President Phil Robb.

Startup Censys announced it has raised $2.6 million to grow its technology and service. Censys has its roots in the open-source zmap project, which enables researchers to conduct broad network scans of the IPv4 network address space across the internet.

Censys launched its website service that enables broad scanning from a web interface in 2015, and this past January, the company launched its first commercial plans for the service, selling access to the data it collects for commercial use cases.

Censys operates on a software-as-a-service model with the data available to customers either via the web interface or an API.

Brian Kelly, CEO of Censys, said, "We also license the data directly, so that we have a couple market enterprise customers. One of them that we mentioned on the website is Google. … So Google's threat intelligence team ingests our data and then brings it in with a bunch of their own data to do their own threat hunting."