Fierce Telecom: The goal, the company said, is to make ECOMP the telecom industry's standard automation platform for managing virtual network functions and other software-centric network capabilities. by Mike Dano
'According to ATT's John Donovan, that's exactly what appears to be on the horizon. "We want to build a community -- where people contribute to the code base and advance the platform. And, we want this to help align the global industry," Donovan said in an ATT release. "We've engaged a third-party company to be the integrator and provide support in the industry for the ECOMP platform. And we've received positive feedback from major global telecom companies. We're excited to share more on that front very soon."
'ATT promised in June that it would release all 8.5 million lines of code for ECOMP -- a platform the company developed internally over the past few years -- to the open source community. Today the company followed through on that promise via the Linux Foundation.
'Donovan explained that ECOMP is a key element of ATT's efforts to virtualize its network operations as the carrier moves into a software-defined network (SDN) architecture. According to ATT, ECOMP enables the automation of service delivery, service assurance, performance management, fault management and SDN tasks. What's more, ECOMP is designed to work with OpenStack but can be extended to other cloud and compute environments.
'"Over the last few years, ATT invented what we believe to be the most sophisticated, comprehensive and scalable software-centric network in the world," Donovan said in the company's release. "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."'