In this spotlight, we introduce Andrea Mazzini who is a contributor in the Open Networking Foundation’s OTCC and OIMT communities. Andrea is based in Milan, Italy and has worked for Nokia (starting with Alcatel, then Alcatel Lucent) all of his career. Currently he is a Systems and Standards engineer who works in the areas of Network Management for SDH, ASON/GMPLS, MPLS, Ethernet, DWDM/OTN technologies. You can find more details in his LinkedIn profile here.
Andrea has been active in the ONF communities since 2014 contributing to the Open Transport Configuration and Control (OTCC), TAPI in particular, and Open Information Model and Tooling (OIMT) projects.
The mission of the OTCC project is to Promote common configuration and control interfaces for transport networks, defining these interfaces with open source software and software defined standards and the OIMT mission is to Evolve industry-wide Open Information Models and associated open source tooling software that guides/supports the development of software-defined standard platforms, frameworks and interfaces used to control/manage/orchestrate Software Defined Networks.
"Andrea has been instrumental to the development of the TAPI OAM model and made critical contributions to Photonic and Connectivity service modules. He has had a key role coordinating related work in MEF on the MEF Network Resource Model so that this utilizes and contributes to ONF TAPI," says Lyndon Ong, Ciena, the project leader for the OTCC project.
Here are some of Andrea’s more recent contributions:
TAPI model of photonic media forwarding, for the optical disaggregated network. OTSi (the signal), Media Channel (the spectrum).
Comparison between photonic related definitions (architecture and management) across IETF, ITU-T and ONF, to verify and foster alignment.
Model of the transport of Ethernet/Layer 1 services over OTN ODU/OTSi infrastructure. The purpose is to consolidate how to model more common use cases / scenarios, allowing a TAPI agent to consistently represent network multi-layer forwarding capabilities. Layering, partitioning, UNI and NNI.
Analysis of possible evolutions of current TAPI topology model. Partitioning vs. Abstract Views.
TAPI OAM and Ethernet models (as co-author)
UML definitions for the management of OAM features (valid for all technologies) and Carrier Ethernet (forwarding and OAM features).
These projects, in addition to being notable for their technical achievements, are notable for their efforts to integrate the world of standards with the world of open software, a challenge the industry as a whole is struggling with.
Andrea will be speaking at ONF Connect Thursday, September 12 on the topic of Advancements in ONF Transport API for Orchestration of Multi-Layer Connectivity Service.
When Andrea is not busy working he enjoys spending time with his family, running, and cycling.