Zero Touch Use Case proposal

Source:  Tom Tofigh ( AT&T),  Bora Eliacik  (Argela-usa)


Demonstrate ONAP interworking with CORD platforms for ZERO touch operational Scenarios.  Consider operational requirements to manage CORD Edge Services.

  • The aim is to integrate ONAP and CORD in such a way that

–      It is possible to remotely deploy VNFs and Apps

–      It is possible to remotely monitor stats

–      It is possible to remotely perform manual intervention

–      It is possible to set policies for self-healing

–      It is possible to have end to end orchestration and automation


  •   ONAP

–      Provides portals for service-onboarding

–      Provides portals DCAE / Policy

–      Provides DCAE/Policy APIs for CORD

  • CORD Edge provides local autonomous proxy function

–      Service Composition

–      Monitoring services

–      Virtual Probes


This POC is expected to provide

  • Simulate Real-World M-CORD Traffic Using Traffic Generators such as Spirent’s Landslide.
  • Simulate Real-World R-CORD Traffic Using Traffic Generators from IXIA - IxLoad & Spirent STC with Triple Play test apps for Data, VoIP & IPTV
  • ONAL master orchestrator will interwork with 2 separate CORD edge platforms
  • Services are managed globally from ONAP service creation portals & provided to local proxies for autonomous operation.
  • ONAP DCAE will have access to  global analytics & enforces data collection at local CORD edge level.  The DCAE register with CORD Edge local monitoring services for data collection and pub/sub operation

      Test Environment

  • Operator has installed the infrastructure at the edge data center.
    • This could be any enterprise building.
    • Admin has installed M-CORD from ONAP remotely on to the edge data center.


  • Local proxy CORDs utilize their local LDAP, and A-CORD Interfaces to collect real time analytics and events.    
  • ONAP operators  can perform scaling and stress Testing from master orchestrator .
  • Inject Error Conditions into a CORD Pod – (Ex: inject malformed control and data  packets from Spirent’s traffic generator)   

Key Operational Requirements

  • Zero touch deployment
  • Simplified configuration & orchestration
  • Real time monitoring & troubleshooting
  • End to end Fault , Performance Visibility across the Networks comprising of VNFs, PNFs
    • Hardware  monitoring and capacity based failure prevention
    •  Software modules monitoring from OS, Hypervisors, Containers, Applications
    • API monitoring
    • Software scripts monitoring
  • New Services Launch operations
    • Portal, Provisioning, BSS, Omni-channel
  • SDN controller operations (ONOS)
  • VNFs, VIM, VNFM, MANO modules operations
    • OpenStack, XOS


Key Automation Requirements

  • Capacity Management
  • Event and Alarm management
  • Configuration Management
  • Inventory Management –VNF, PNF
  • Security Management
  • Availability Management
  • Performance Management
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Scale in/Scale Out management
  • Reliability management
  • Closed Loop Network Correction based on DCAE BigData Analytics


Use Case 1;  Service Degradation, manual treatment

  • Admin turns-up a set of virtual probes and subscribes to MME KPIs through ONAP DCAE.
  • Admin sets thresholds on MME “Attach Request Failure Rate” KPI.
  • Admin manually instantiates an additional eNodeB tester to simulate traffic towards the MME
  • MME starts to reject some of the requests because of congestion
  • Probe sends the KPIs to Monitoring service .Admin is notified about a service degradation through ONAP Alarm Portal
  • Admin discovers that an additional MME instance is required to handle the workload
  • Admin manually instantiates an additional MME instance as part of auto-scaling

Use Case 2: Service Degradation, self-healing

  • Admin adds a policy for the use case 1.
  • The same overload condition occurs
  • Admin gets notified by the Alarm first
  • Admin gets notified that policy is taking corrective action
  • ONAP & CORD Policies heals the problem by instantiating an MME automatically
  • Admin observes that Alarm goes off.