Autonomous Networks – Reference Architecture v1.0.1 (IG1251)
- Maturity level: General availability (GA)
Created By: Autonomous Networks Project
The Autonomous Network will be intent-driven, context-aware, and guided by knowledge and intelligence. Autonomous Domains provide the modular building blocks for CSPs to assemble these hierarchical self-governing networks. This guide introduces the AN Reference Architecture and provides realization scenarios instantiating the architecture as described. The architecture is defined at a functional level with the identification of external reference points, namely:
- I interactions between operational layers
- F interactions between autonomous domains within layers
- K interactions between automation domains at a given layer and a knowledge and intelligence platform
The important interfaces required at each reference point have been defined, with standardization work on intent-driven interfaces and AI closed loop management already underway. A complete implementation of the reference architecture is not simply achieved in one project or iteration but rather can be achieved step-by-step – starting with a single domain at a time and then building cross-domain coordination until you ultimately achieve a full Autonomous Network.