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Designing and Publishing Network Services


The Contrail Service Orchestration (CSO) Designer Tools consist of three tools that you use to create VNF templates, packages, and service chains that can be deployed as network services for all of the Cloud CPE and SD-WAN solutions. You access the CSO Designer Tools at the same URL as the CSO Administration Portal, but on port 83. For example, if the IP address of the Administration Portal is, then the URL for Designer Tools would be: Figure 1 shows an overview of the workflow used within the Designer Tools application.

Figure 1: Designer Tools Overview
Designer Tools Overview
  • First, you use Configuration Designer to create configuration templates for virtualized network functions (VNFs). The configuration templates specify the parameters that the customer can configure for a network service.

  • Next, you use Resource Designer to create VNF packages. A VNF package is based on a VNF template and specifies the network functions, function chains, and performance of the package.

  • Finally, you use Network Service Designer to:

    • Design service chains for network services using the VNF packages that you created with Resource Designer.

    • Configure the network services.

    • Publish network services to the network service catalog.

You use the same process to create network services for centralized CPE, Hybrid WAN, and SD-WAN deployments. You cannot, however, share network services between a centralized deployment and a Hybrid WAN deployment that are managed by one Contrail Service Orchestration installation. In this case, you must create two identical services, one for the centralized deployment and one for the Hybrid WAN deployment. The same is true for SD-WAN deployments, the same network service can not be shared between an on-premise site and the service provider’s POP.


Currently, SD-WAN deployments support only layer 2 (L2) service chains while Hybrid WAN deployments can support L2 and L3 service chains.

You can also use Configuration Designer to create workflows for device templates.

For detailed information about using the Designer Tools, see the Contrail Service Orchestration User Guide.