The OpenNaaS users could be split in 3 different roles:
- Infrastructure Providers: Those who own a network infrastructure (NRENS or telecom operators) and need enhanced flexibility in order to lease virtualized slides.
- Service Providers: While traditionally overlapping with the infrastructure provider, this emerging role is composed of those who aggregate third party virtual infrastructure resources, in order to add value for concrete customers or vertical markets. A service provider needs to maintain tight control on what resources are being consumed and the management rights delegated to end-users.
- End-User: The NaaS end-user has sophisticated needs which go beyond the pure consumption of the networking infrastructure. Complex and demanding applications not only need a certain degree of management control over the resources, but also need quick and on demand provisioning.
With this in mind, the following user groups can benefit from OpenNaaS:
- Network and datacenter operators who seek to provide richer virtualization services to their customers.
- Infrastructure management software, i.e. cloud managers, provisioning systems or simple software projects which can benefit from extended infrastructure management and awareness.
- Research groups or individuals who would like to use a virtual infrastructure and reuse the framework in order to focus in the relevant business logic.
- Equipment manufacturers and solution providers who seek added value through integration and interoperability.
If you want to start using OpenNaaS, you can follow the instructions at the Getting Started with OpenNaaS section.
You can also review the Use Cases to find solutions for real problems where OpenNaaS can play an important role.