Getting started

The Integration documentation section is organized linearly; each document representing the next step in the Cloud-Native Network Functions (CNFs) integration process. The CNFs integration process relies heavily on the Helm package manager to install each of the CNFs software components.

This document provides a brief description of each integration step, and the command line interface (CLI) tools required to perform the integration tasks. A careful review of this document ensures a positive experience.

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Integration tools

Install the CLI tools listed below on your Linux based workstation:

  • Helm CLI - Manages the CNFs Pod installations.
  • OpenSSL toolkit - Creates SSL certificates to secure Pod communication.
  • Podman - Tags and pushes images to a local registry.

Integration stages

Integrating the CNFs software images involves seven required steps, and three optional steps:

  1. CNFs Software - Extract and upload the CRDs and software images to a local container registry.
  2. CNFs Cert Manager - Automatically Secure communication between the CNFs Pods, and regularly rotate secure secrets.
  3. CNFs RBAC - Optional: Secure access to the Kubernetes API when installing CNFs.
  4. Fluentd Logging - Centralize logging data sent from each of the CNF Pods.
  5. OTEL Collectors - Optional: Collect and view statistics from the CNFs Pods.
  6. dSSM Database - Optional: Store session-state data for the AFM and TMM Pods.
  7. CNFs CWC - Install the Cluster Wide Controller to enable gathering CNFs software telemetry.
  8. CNFs Licensing - License the cluster to enable flexible consumption software use.
  9. BIG-IP Controller - Process CNFs Custom Resources to configure the CNFs Pods.
  10. CNFs CRs - Configure a Custom Resource (CR) to begin processing application traffic.

Next step

Continue to the CNFs Software guide to extract and install the CNFs software images and CRDs.


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