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OPNFV Project Announces Keynotes for First Open Source NFV Summit in November

By August 14, 2015November 28th, 2016Announcements

Networking community comes together to accelerate the introduction of new products and services using open source NFV

SAN FRANCISCO, August 14, 2015 – The OPNFV Project, a carrier-grade, integrated, open source flexible platform intended to accelerate the introduction of new products and services using Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), today announced keynotes for the first annual OPNFV Summit taking place in Burlingame, Calif., November 11-12, 2015. As the industry turns to open source NFV, the OPNFV Summit brings together innovators, developers and end users who are committed to advance the creation of a flexible, open source framework for NFV.

The OPNFV Summit is a new, annual conference designed to provide a collaboration and education space for NFV. It will bring together the community, projects, products and companies in the networking industry that are accelerating NFV deployments. The Summit also includes a Hackfest on November 9-10, 2015, an opportunity for developers and community members to come together to contribute to ongoing projects and the OPNFV codebase.

As OPNFV recently issued its first software release, Arno, the Summit provides a forum for the community to explore the release, learn how it is being tested and get hands-on support. The community will have the opportunity for collaboration and in-depth discussions on takeaways from Arno that will help in refining the code as the project prepares for the second release, Brahmaputra, as well as provide feedback on what they’d most like to see moving forward. Additionally, the Summit will feature a plethora of demonstrations from the OPNFV community showcasing the latest and greatest innovations in NFV.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • Sandra Rivera, VP, Data Center Group; general manager of Intel’s Network Platforms Group, Intel Corporation; OPNFV marketing chair
  • Prodip Sen, chief technology officer, HP’s NFV business unit
  • Chris Wright, technical director of SDN and NFV, Red Hat; OPNFV board member
  • Yang Zhiqiang, deputy general manager of China Mobile Research Institute
  • “Voice of the End User” keynote panel: moderated by Ulf Ewaldsson, CTO, Ericsson; Andre Fuetsch, SVP, Architecture & Design, AT&T; Jacob Loveless, CEO, Lucera; Bikash Koley, principal architect & director, Network Architecture and Engineering, Google; Hal Stern, executive director of Advanced Technology and IT Planning, Merck
  • “Strategic Technology Upstream” keynote panel: Jonathan Bryce, executive director, OpenStack Foundation; Neela Jacques, executive director, OpenDaylight; Pere Monclus, founder & CTO, PLUMgrid; Brandon Phillips, CTO, CoreOS; Reynold Xin, co-founder, Databricks

“We are pleased to announce a strong keynote lineup of industry experts for the inaugural OPNFV Summit,” said Heather Kirksey, director, OPNFV. “Their voices and expertise help map the way forward as we work together to build out a carrier-grade NFV platform. The Summit offers a collaborative environment for open source communities and industry experts to integrate, debate and share as they work together to solve real-world problems.”

Early registration closes August 30, 2015 after which the conference price will increase from $199 to $299. Discounted hotel rates are also available until October 19, 2015. To see the current program and register for the OPNFV Summit, please visit:

OPNFV Summit is made possible with the generous support of Platinum sponsors HP, Intel and Red Hat. For the full list of current event sponsors, visit:

About Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV)

Open Platform for NFV is a carrier-grade, integrated, open source flexible platform intended to accelerate the introduction of new products and services using NFV. It brings together service providers, vendors and users to collaborate in an open forum on advancing the state-of-the-art in NFV. For more information, please visit:

OPNFV is a Collaborative Project at The Linux Foundation. Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects are independently funded software projects that harness the power of collaborative development to fuel innovation across industries and

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