Note: in ONAP SDC, network object is called “virtual link”
Various possible methods are available with ONAP to instantiate a network
With A La Carte method, the user needs to build and send a Network instantiation request.
Note 1: prior to be able to send a request to instantiate a Network, the user needs to instantiate a Service Object and then will need to refer to that Service instance in the Network instantiate request.
Note 2: the request to instantiate the Network object will update ONAP AAI (inventory) and will send a request to the selected Cloud Platform (Openstack, Azure, K8S…).
With Macro method, the user do not need to send any Network instantiation request. Network instantiation is being automatically performed by ONAP when sending the request to instantiate the Service (see: Instantiate Service).
Possible Tools to perform Network Instantiation
the user needs such a tool only if using the “A La Carte” method.
via ONAP VID Graphical User Interface tool
via any tool able to perform REST API requests (for example : Robot Framework, Postman, Curl…) connected to ONAP SO legacy API.
With “A La Carte” method
With “Macro” method
Network instantiation is performed automatically when performing Service Instantiation.