Oracle Communications Service and Network Orchestration Overview

As an open and scalable orchestration solution designed for all domains, the Oracle Communications Service and Network Orchestration (SNO) solution provides a model-driven approach for increasing operational agility – for both service launches and service delivery – while reducing overall complexity and total cost of ownership over time. By optimizing orchestration processes across the product, service and network layers using a model-driven approach, the solution efficiently enables dynamic orchestration for customized on-demand services and network scaling while simplifying operations in an environment of continuous change.

The SNO solution includes network functions virtualization (NFV) orchestration (NFVO) capabilities, which manage the lifecycle of NFV-based network services. NFVO orchestrates virtualized functions and resources though real-time interaction with Virtual Network Function Managers (VNFMs), Element Managers (EMS), Virtualization Infrastructure Managers (VIMs), and SDN controllers. This enables SNO’s multi-layer solution to dynamically orchestrate services comprised of a mix of physical and virtualized components.

The SNO solution is an evolution of the Rapid Service Design and Order Delivery (RSDOD) solution provided in earlier releases.
The SNO solution encompasses a broader scope of functionality than RSDOD, while still following the Rapid Service Design methodology.
Please see this introduction to the SNO solution and Reference Implementation.

What is SNO?

Oracle Communications SNO is a comprehensive approach to fulfillment of communications services that reduces time-to-market for new services, and minimizes the impact of the inevitable revisions to a service provider’s technical portfolio. Oracle Communications SNO solution can be best understood from four distinct perspectives:  

  • SNO Platform – Run time environment composed of licensed Oracle Communications Orchestration products that provide multiple levels of dynamic orchestration via metadata driven orchestration capabilities, pre-integrated applications and Open APIs for integration with third party system
  • SNO Design Environment – A collaborative integrated environment for efficiently defining a model-driven catalog.
  • Rapid Service Design Methodology – A collection of modeling guidelines, best practices, and documentation that can be leveraged and re-used for predictable agile solution development.
  • SNO Reference Implementation (RI) – A set of working implementations illustrating multiple domains.  The working implementations are complete with installers, catalogs for specific domains, application integration logic, readiness data, sample orders and documentation.  

Orchestration Product Versions

To use the SNO Reference Implementation you must acquire all of the following Oracle Communications Orchestration products, as guided by the SNO Reference Implementation Software Locations document included in the documentation set:

  • Oracle Communications Order and Service Management (OSM)
  • Oracle Communications Unified Inventory Management (UIM)
  • Oracle Communications ASAP
  • Oracle Communications Design Studio
  • Oracle Communications IP Service Activator/Configuration Management
  • Oracle Communications Network Integrity 7.3.6

The SNO Software Locations document provides details of downloading the Oracle Communications Orchestration products, required patches and the supporting technology stack. The "Product Licenses" tab in that document also itemizes the Oracle Communications license components that need to be procured to entitle the use of everything you have downloaded.

SNO Reference Implementation System Requirements

The SNO RI run-time environment installs on Linux (OL or RHEL) and requires a minimum of one 16 GB server for the Oracle Communications Orchestration products, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic.

The SNO RI design-time environment is installed on a Windows 10 PC with at least 8 GB of memory. Oracle Communications Design Studio is installed together with the Oracle database client and SDKs for Oracle WebLogic and Oracle Communications OSM and UIM.

For more details on the system requirements please consult the SNO Reference Implementation Automated Installation Guide, included in the documentation set.