New Project Members, User Groups, and Internship Program help accelerate growth of open source NFV project
BERLIN, OPNFV Summit, June 22, 2016 — 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 the addition of new Silver member, BII Group, and Associate members, Okinawa Open Laboratory and Synchromedia Research Group. The newest members join the project’s growing roster of global organizations across industry sectors committed to advancing open source NFV.
Today’s news was announced during the opening keynote presentation of the second annual OPNFV Summit in Berlin. The Summit brings together developers, end users, and upstream communities from around the globe working to advance open source NFV in an open forum.
OPNFV’s focus on meeting service provider requirements is reflected at the Summit in a keynote panel with speakers from AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, China Mobile, Telefonica, and Vodafone; six service provider Proof of Concepts (PoCs); and more than 25 service provider speakers in track sessions.
The project also launched the OPNFV Internship Program, open to university students interested in enhancing networking and software development skills while contributing in a meaningful way to the OPNFV project. Each intern works with a mentor in the OPNFV community to complete a project in three or six months. Current OPNFV interns are focused on projects ranging from determining the performance steady state of Cinder Volume, to deploying and testing JOID installers within OpenDaylight scenarios, to building a Pharos lab at CENGN, to creating a compliance tool for the evaluation of Community Pharos Labs.
OPNFV also announced the formal launch of the OPNFV User Groups program. In its pilot phase, it grew to more than 200 members across seven user groups. These regional, self-organized associations meet locally to collaborate on OPNFV and make up a key part of the OPNFV ecosystem.
“This year’s Summit is the perfect culmination of momentum we’re seeing not just in Europe, but across the globe, which is helping to transform the way networks are designed,” said Heather Kirksey, director, OPNFV. “I’m delighted over the commitment demonstrated by our growing community as individuals and organizations—including our newest members BII Group, Okinawan Open Labs and Synchromdeia, who bring expertise ranging from research to standards to cloud—with the common goal of collaborating and strengthening the adoption of open source NFV across the industry come together.”
About the Newest Members
BII Group is committed to the development route of owning core technology, formulating international standards, and promoting industrialization. As a vanguard in formulating and promoting international standards, BII Group has blazed a trail of cooperation with international organizations, leading formulation of international standards, launching industrial alliance, hosting summits to boost industry, academy, research and application, and standardization and industrialization of establishing public service platforms. The subordinate testing centers are committed to the research and the popularization of IPv6, SDN, NFV and IoT.
“Open source is a cornerstone to our core technology and business,” said Lui Dong, president and CEO of BII Group. “We continue to identify and align with key open source projects like OPNFV, an innovator in the NFV industry. Our partnership solidifies our commitment to deepening the ecosystem.”
OOL (Okinawa Open Laboratory) is a worldwide unique laboratory that promotes integration of Cloud and SDN/NFV activities across various technical fields. OOL is based in Okinawa, which serves as a gateway to Asian countries actively working on technological exchanges with regions across Asia.
“The integration of cloud and SDN/NFV activities is crucial to our lab work,” said Yukio Ito, chairman of Okinawa Open Laboratory. “A partnership with the OPNFV project is paramount for deepening our investment and leveraging the community for joint success.”
Synchromedia is one of the largest research laboratories of the University of Quebec’s Ecole de technologie superieure (ETS), Canada. The CANARIE GreenStar Network, led by Synchromedia, was the first distributed cloud in the world to be powered entirely by renewable energy. Synchromedia is collaborating with world-class players, like Ericsson and Ciena, to build new NFV and SDN platforms converging Telco Cloud, IoT, and 5G technologies.
“We are proud to be the first Canadian university research lab to become an Associate Member of the OPNFV community,” said Kim Nguyen, associate professor and vice-director of Synchromedia Lab. “Synchromedia Lab will bring our 10-year research expertise in cloud computing and green ICT to this project. I’m eager to see OPNFV evolve as a platform supporting Telco Cloud, IoT, and 5G applications.”
OPNFV Summit is made possible with generous support from sponsors including Diamond sponsor Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Platinum sponsors Ericsson, Huawei, Intel and Red Hat.
About the 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 http://www.opnfv.org.
OPNFV is 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 ecosystems. www.linuxfoundation.org.
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