One of the most exciting concepts in the 5G paradigm is the idea of Network Slicing (NS). While NS has not been ratified as a standard as of yet, current drafts suggest NS requires the end to end network virtualization and the ability to manage Quality of Service (QoS). Further, as specified by various standards bodies, NS effectively requires APIs exist to manage it.
Many of the major requirements of 5G NS are already satisfied by OpenStack networking, such as QoS, isolation, segregation, sharing networks, and of course, automation/orchestration via Neutron APIs.
In this presentation we will review what NS is based on draft documents by standards bodies, as well as what requirements of NS are satisfied by OpenStack. We will explore how OpenStack can be integrated in a SP network in order to enable NS. We will also demonstrate a simulated SP network and what level of NS can currently be accomplished by OpenStack and Management and Orchestration (MANO) systems such as Open Baton.
Attendees will learn what major NS requirements are put forward by global standards bodies in draft documents. Also they will learn what requirements of NS are currently met by OpenStack projects. Further, The presentation will cover how OpenStack can be integrated with a virtualized, simulated SP network to support NS. Additionally we will explore what some open source MANO systems can provide in terms of managing NS, such as Open Baton’s Network Slicing Engine. Finally we will review use cases and requirements to attempt to envision what role OpenStack and related projects can take in making NS a reality.