Innovation project: SONATA

08/04/2016

SONATA (Service Programming and Orchestration for Virtualized Software Networks) project is an EU-funded innovation project developing a NFV framework that provides a programming model and development toolchain for virtualized services.

SONATA (Service Programming and Orchestration for Virtualized Software Networks) project is an EU-funded project Horizon 2020 and part of the 5G-PPP initiative. This innovative project has a 30 month workplan that started in July 2015. It is a highly collaborative effort with 15 partners representing the telecom operators like Portugal Telecom, Telefónica and British Telecom, manufacturers like NEC, Thales or Nokia, system integrators, service providers, research and academic institutes and a galician SME : Optare Solutions

SONATA is developing a NFV framework that provides a programming model and development toolchain for virtualized services, fully integrated with a DevOps-enabled service platform and orchestration system.

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SONATA initial results include:

  • SONATA’s Network Service SDK: Facilitates network service development for third-party developers
  • SONATA’s Service platform: Thanks to the modular design of its MANO framework offers , the platform offers high customization opportunities for both, Communication Service Providers and Service Developers.
  • SONATA NFV DevOps Workflow: The SONATA system is designed for agile development and operation of network services. It enables a DevOps workflow between the SDK tools and the service platform, which allows developers and operators to closely collaborate.

The project results will be release through its 30 month workplan. SONATA first prototype was delivered at the end of the first year of the project, in June 2016. A qualified version will be delivered early in 2017. The final release of the SONATA platform will be public in the summer of 2017.

The project is committed to maintain a publicly available source code repository through the entire development process. SONATA outcomes are published in a public GitHub repository under Apache v2.0 license, a permissive license that guarantee full rights for adoption, modification and distribution.

Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) are emerging as major transformational technologies towards “software networks”, a new paradigm that is evolving the telecom sector with new network capabilities and business opportunities. SONATA addresses the significant challenges associated with both the development and deployment of the complex services envisioned for 5G networks and empowered by these technologies.

Core objectives include:

  • Reduce time-to-market of networked services : SONATA streamlines development with abstract programming models, SDK and a DevOps model that integrates operators, manufacturers and third-party developers.
  • Optimize resources and reduce costs of service deployment and operation: SONATA orchestrates complex services to connectivity, computing and storage resources, and automatically re-configures running services.
  • Accelerate industry adoption of software networks: SONATA supports the full service lifecycle: development, testing, orchestration, deployment, management and operations, and will define a roadmap for uptake of its results towards stakeholders’ larger transition to SDN/NFV.

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SONATA consortium is constituted by 15 partners

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