OPNFV member base grows as Lenovo deepens investment in open source
SAN FRANCISCO, June 28, 2016 — The OPNFV Project, a carrier-grade, integrated, open source platform intended to accelerate the introduction of new products and services using Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), today announced that Lenovo has joined as a Platinum member to advance open source NFV. The company joins 20 existing Platinum members, including AT&T, Brocade, China Mobile, Cisco, Dell, EMC, Ericsson, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Juniper Networks, NEC, Nokia Networks, NTT DOCOMO, Red Hat, SUSE, Telecom Italia, Vodafone, and ZTE.
Lenovo is a global Fortune 500 company and one of the leading companies driving innovative consumer, commercial, and data center technology. With a portfolio of high-quality, secure products and services, the business spans PCs (including the legendary Think and multimode YOGA brands), workstations, servers, storage, networking, smart TVs and a family of mobile products such as smartphones, tablets and apps. A longtime supporter of open source and open networking, Lenovo continues to deepen its investment by working with projects such as OpenDaylight, OpenStack and now, OPNFV.
“Working within the framework of the OPNFV and OCP communities, Lenovo is aggressively investing in product enablement, system architecture, and research and development to create the best user experience,” said VP of Next Generation Infrastructure, Brian Connors. “Together with Red Hat, a leading enterprise OpenStack provider, we’re helping reduce complexity and cost, while enabling even greater flexibility and value. Our engagement with the OPNFV project as a Platinum member will help accelerate development around NFV platforms for our shared service provider customers.”
“Lenovo is reinforcing its commitment to open standards, demonstrating that open source projects accelerate innovation and unlock true business value,” said Director of OPNFV, Heather Kirksey. “We thank them for their support and look forward to their contributions to the growing OPNFV community.”
As part of their membership, OPNFV will welcome Igor Marty, CTO of Telecommunications, Lenovo, to the Board of Directors. Additionally, Lenovo plans to leverage OPNFV to advance open NFV architectures that can be customized and are highly secure to address the demanding needs of service providers. These solutions will embrace technologies from Red Hat and other leading innovators in the open source community.
OPNFV hosted its annual Summit in Berlin on June 22-23, 2016. News of Lenovo’s membership was informally announced during OPNFV Director Heather Kirksey’s opening keynote presentation. The Summit brought together 620 members of the OPNFV community including network operators, vendors and developers. To watch Kirksey’s opening keynote or view presentation slides, photos and other content from the Summit, visit the recap page here.
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.