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SDxCentral: OCP and Linux Foundation Bring Hardware Together with Software

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SAN JOSE, California — Disaggregation of hardware and software has created interest in open source at both layers of networks. But in an acknowledgement that these layers still need to work together, yesterday, the Linux Foundation Networking (LFN) group and the Open Compute Project (OCP) announced they plan to collaborate to harmonize hardware and software.

“The leader in open hardware, OCP, and the leader in open source software, the Linux Foundation, are coming together to provide an end-to-end stack,” said Arpit Joshipura, LFN’s general manager.

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ETSI and OPNFV Announce Co-Located Testing and Interoperability Events

By | Announcements

The Third ETSI NFV Plugtests Event and OPNFV Fraser Plugfest will take place at ETSI from 29 May to 8 June

Sophia Antipolis, France, 21 March 2018: ETSI and OPNFV will co-locate their next community testing events in Sophia Antipolis, France. The third ETSI NFV Plugtests™ event will be held between 29 May and 8 June 2018, and the OPNFV Fraser Plugfest will be held from 4 to 8 June. ETSI and OPNFV look forward to increasing collaboration across the standards and open source ecosystem by co-locating their testing activities. OPNFV is an open source project within The Linux Foundation that facilitates development and evolution of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) components across various open source ecosystems through integration, deployment, and testing.

Effective interoperability is the goal of any standards activity, and ETSI NFV adopted an approach oriented towards actually exercising and demonstrating interoperability from its start in 2012, evolving from Proofs of Concepts to Plugtests activities,” says Diego Lopez, chairman of ETSI ISG NFV. “This event is a new opportunity to strengthen the current cooperation with relevant open-source communities in the NFV landscape.”

The third NFV Plugtests event will concentrate on building and demonstrating complex Network Services that combine virtual network functions from different VNF providers and developers, while testing interoperability with MANO solutions across different platforms and sites. It will also exercise advanced NFV features like network and service automation. The sessions will demonstrate how multivendor combinations of NFV components can address 5G and zero-touch network and service management use cases, and will expand the scope of NFV API testing to help progress the work on NFV conformance testing.

OPNFV plugfests focus on interoperability of the OPNFV platform in deployment, network integration, VNF applications, and more. The event provides a platform for the community to work with hardware from both open source and commercial vendors and try out various combinations of components. During the last OPNFV plugfest, December 4-8, 2017, the focus was on the OPNFV Euphrates release and included discussion on contributing specific test cases for the combined ETSI/OPNFV plugfest in June. Read the full Plugfest Report here. The focus of the next plugfest will be on the Fraser release as well as developer design sessions for topics related to testing, CI/CD, and future releases. Participation is open to any interested developers.

“We are pleased to be co-locating our next OPNFV plugfest with ETSI,” said Heather Kirksey, VP, community and ecosystem development, The Linux Foundation. “Acceleration of NFV interoperability is a shared goal among both organizations and overlapping communities; co-locating the events will facilitate greater collaboration of resources and more consistency within deployments.”

Open source communities such as ETSI Open Source MANO, Open Baton, OpenStack and OPNFV are actively involved in the ETSI Plugtests’ activities through their membership and implementations. Collaboration among standards organizations, open source communities, and testing events enable better cross-project communication and harmonization.

The two-week ETSI event is part of the ongoing ETSI NFV Plugtests Programme. The programme takes advantage of the ETSI Hub for Interoperability and Validation (HIVE) to inter-connect worldwide participating organisations (more than 45 currently), engaging in different validation tests. It provides the foundation for the direct interaction among function developers with interoperability as the essential goal.


About ETSI

ETSI provides members with an open, inclusive and collaborative environment to support the timely development, ratification and testing of globally applicable standards for ICT-enabled systems, applications and services across all sectors of industry and society. We are a not-for-profit organization with more than 800 member organizations worldwide, drawn from 66 countries and five continents. Members comprise a diversified pool of large and small private companies, research entities, academia, government and public organizations. ETSI is one of only three bodies officially recognized by the EU as a European Standards Organization (ESO).

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OPNFV Project a Series of LF Projects, LLC (“OPNFV”) facilitates the development and evolution of NFV components across various open source ecosystems. Through system level integration, deployment and testing, OPNFV creates a reference NFV platform to accelerate the transformation of enterprise and service provider networks. For more information, please visit OPNFV is part of Linux Foundation Networking (LFN), an effort to support, coordination and provide resources across open source communities advancing open networking. For more information, please visit


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LF Networking and OCP Partner to Jointly Enable SDN and NFV Transformation

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  • Collaboration across open hardware and software to enable full open source stacks
  • Expanded integration and test of OCP hardware with OPNFV
  • Harmonization across disaggregated hardware with Switch Network Operating Systems

SAN JOSE, Calif. (OCP Summit), March 20, 2018—The Linux Foundation and the Open Compute Project (OCP), a collaborative community focused on redesigning hardware technology to efficiently support the growing demands on compute infrastructure, today announced a joint collaboration to further the development of software- and hardware-based open source networking. The organizations will work together to create stronger integration and testing, new open networking features, more scalability, a reduction in CAPEX/OPEX, greater harmonization with switch network operating systems, and increased interoperability for network functions virtualization (NFV) network transformation.

Virtualization of network functions and the resulting disaggregation of hardware and software have created interest in open source at both layers. OCP provides an open source option for the hardware layer, and The Linux Foundation’s OPNFV project integrates OCP along with other open source software projects into relevant NFV reference architectures. Given this alignment, OCP and OPNFV already have been collaborating on activities such as plugfests and joint demos. Now they have committed to expanded collaborative efforts.

“The Open Compute Project has been quite successful at disaggregating traditional IT gear and creating vanity free ingredients. It is now time to carefully select the ideal hardware and software ingredients to re-integrate into efficient solutions,” said Bill Carter, chief technology office, OCP.

“The work being done by OPNFV is a key piece of that re-integration: bringing together the best open source software projects together with the best choices of open source hardware, to enable NFV. By integrating and testing a set of reference architectures on top of efficient, scalable cloud hardware, OPNFV is removing all the roadblocks to NFV adoption and transformation of the telecom infrastructure.”

“It’s exciting to see the principles of open source software development come to hardware, and OCP has already made a substantial contribution to some Linux Foundation project plugfests and demos,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, networking, The Linux Foundation. “We see OCP as an integral partner as we explore new opportunities for NFV deployments, performance, features, and footprint. Global network operators agree and ranked OCP very high on a list of the most important projects for OPNFV in a recent survey. We look forward to continued and intensified collaboration across ecosystems.”

OCP, LF Networking projects, and other ecosystem partners will be onsite at ONS North America, March 26-29 in Los Angeles. The event will include six tracks bringing networking and orchestration innovations together with a focus on the convergence of business (CIO/CTO/architects) and technical (DevOps) communities.  More detailed information on how OCP and OPNFV are collaborating is available in a new OPNFV + Open Compute Project Solution Brief, available here.

About The Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at

About Open Compute Project
The Open Compute Project Foundation is a 501(c)(6) organization which was founded in 2011 by Facebook, Intel, and Rackspace. Its mission is to apply the benefits of open source to hardware and rapidly increase the pace of innovation in, near and around the data center and beyond. Learn more at


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Crossing a New Milestone in NFV: Open Source Verification of Commercial Products

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By Chris Donley, Sr Director, Open Source Ecosystems, Huawei; Chair, OPNFV Certification & Compliance Committee

As we kick off 2018, the OPNFV Compliance & Certification committee—the members driven body within OPNFV that defines recommendations to the Board for policies and oversight for compliance and certification—is pleased to announce the launch of the OPNFV Verified Program (OVP). The program is designed to simplify adoption of NFV in commercial products by establishing an industry threshold based on OPNFV releases. The fact we are using an open source platform as referent to measure compliance of commercial products—not necessarily based on its source code—is a new and innovative step for the industry.

The OPNFV Verified Program facilitates both vendor self-testing and third-party lab testing using the Dovetail test suite. In our initial version, we will be testing NFV infrastructure components: NFVI and VIM. In the future, we may expand the program to cover VNFs and other components, as well. In December, just ahead of the launch, we conducted a “beta program” with several vendors: Huawei, Nokia, Wind River, and ZTE. These companies provided valuable feedback while we refined and finalized the program. They also represent the first cohort to received the privilege of using the OPNFV Verified mark and logo. Congratulations to these companies and we welcome additional members of the open NFV ecosystem to join us!

OPNFV Verified Program is designed to help operators establish entry criteria for their trials and RFPs. We have worked closely with end user advisor operators to establish a framework and an initial bar to support their requirements. The program will also reduce operator testing load by identifying a set of common tests and executing them just once under the auspices of the OPNFV Verified Program, rather than many times in many labs. As OPNFV and the industry at large continue to mature, we will steadily raise the bar in future versions as to what becomes verified. We expect two OPNFV Verified versions per year, denoted with the month and the year to make it easy to identify the compliance level of submitted products.

Under the auspices of The Linux Foundation, we are well positioned to expand the program to support other projects in the future. Prior to the official launch, we initiated discussions with related projects on leveraging the program to support the wider open source community. OPNFV’s C&C, the group responsible for chartering the OPNFV Verified Program, is also exploring additional operator use cases that can be incorporated into the compliance test suite.

I am excited about the launch of the OPNFV Verified Program and I hope you will join us in 2018! To operators, I invite you to share your use cases and functional requirements, and please consider incorporating OPNFV Verified into your RFP process or lab trials. To vendors, I hope you’ll download the Dovetail tool and test your commercial offerings. If you’re looking for assistance, several third-party labs are eager to help. Learn more about the OPNFV Verified Program and get started today!

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OPNFV Verification Program to Simplify Commercial NFV Adoption

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Open source NFV project establishes industry threshold for NFV testing, deployment

San Francisco — February 6, 2018 — The OPNFV Project, an open source project within The Linux Foundation that facilitates the development and evolution of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) components across various open source ecosystems through integration, deployment, and testing, today announced the availability of the OPNFV Verified Program (OVP). Designed to simplify adoption in commercial NFV products, OVP establishes an industry threshold based on OPNFV capabilities and test cases. A new landing page explains the program benefits in more detail, and users can get started at the new OPNFV Verified portal.  

OPNFV members, including network operators, worked closely to establish a framework and reached consensus for an initial set of capabilities that help operators establish entry criteria for their POCs and RFPs. OVP facilitates both vendor self-testing and third-party lab testing. The initial version will test and verify NFV infrastructure components and features, including NFVI, VIM, underlying cloud infrastructure, basic packet forwarding, IPv6, and VPN. The program will evolve over time as more capabilities and test cases are added, with continuing test suite releases and possibly expanding to include VNFs and other components in the future.

“We are breaking new ground by leveraging open source platforms to measure compliance of commercial products,” said Heather Kirksey, VP, Community and Ecosystem Development, The Linux Foundation. “This is a huge step for the industry, and speaks to the power of open, community-driven solutions to help the ecosystem in real-world deployments. I am incredibly proud of the collaborative work that has gone into establishing this set of common NFV platform requirements to aid the industry on the path towards robust NFV deployments.”

Based on early participation during the beta program, several vendors provided valuable feedback that helped refine and finalize the program, and those organizations now represent the first cohort to receive the privilege of using the OPNFV Verified mark and logo: Huawei, Nokia, Wind River, and ZTE.

Operators are encouraged to participate in the program by sharing use cases and functional requirements as well as incorporating OVP into RFP processes and trials. Vendors may download the Dovetail framework for compliance testing of commercial offerings.

More information about OVP is available at

Quotes from OVP Verified Organizations

“The OPNFV Verified Program (OVP) is a great example of open source communities leading the way to help lower complexity in multi-vendor NFV solutions,” said Wenjing Chu, senior director, head of Open Source and Research, Huawei. “OVP reduces risks for carriers in NFV adoption by decreasing the integration and verification cost and enhancing interoperability. Huawei is a leader and strong supporter of this community initiative, and we are excited that FusionSphere is one of the first products certified under OVP. Huawei is committed to NFV and carrier transformation towards more agile and intelligent networks. As part of that commitment, we will continue to strongly support OPNFV to help evolve OVP and foster a vibrant and open NFV ecosystem.”

“Nokia is very excited to support openness in networking by joining the first companies in the OPNFV Verified program,” said Antti Romppanen, head of Cloud Foundation Product Management, Nokia. “Being able to verify the compatibility of the OPNFV software with our AirFrame data center solution, which is based on open hardware specifications from the Open Compute Project, demonstrates the power of open source across the NFV infrastructure. Going forward, we expect to raise the bar in OPNFV to extend the verification to higher layers and to make the open platform even more competitive.”

Wind River
As a founding member of OPNFV, Wind River has been participating closely in the innovative work of the technical community to accelerate open source NFV across the industry,” said Charlie Ashton, senior director of business development, Software-defined Infrastructure, Wind River. “We are extremely proud to be in the first group of companies to complete the OPNFV Verified program with our Titanium Cloud solution, enabling us to better meet the needs of our service provider customers while achieving the highest levels of compatibility. We look forward to continuing this work and to contributing further to this important open source initiative.”

“As an active member of the community, ZTE is a strong contributor to open source SDN and NFV communities,” said Mr. Julien (Jun) Zhang, chief NFV architect, ZTE. “The OPNFV Verified Program (OVP) is a big milestone for NFV, as it sets parameters for industry interoperability, cooperation and transformation. This will enable better development of network convergence and accelerate the maturity of the cloud industry. ZTE is proud that ZTE TECS Openstack is among the first initiatives to become OPNFV Verified and we look forward to contributing further towards OVP development.”  

OPNFV, as well as other LF Networking projects, will be onsite at ONS North America, March 26-29 in Los Angeles. The event will include an expanded set of six tracks bringing networking and orchestration innovations together with a focus on the convergence of business (CIO/CTO/Architects) and technical (DevOps) communities. For more information, please visit or

About The Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at

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How Orange is Leveraging OPNFV for Full-Scale NFV Rollout

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This post intially published to The New Stack

By: Jehanne Savi, executive, All IT Strategic Programs, Orange

Mandatory for the next generation of networks (such as 5G) and services, NFV transformation brings a variety of challenges.  Learn how Orange leverages open source software via OPNFV to solve several important issues along the way. 

Over the past few years, the entire networking industry has begun to transform as network demands rapidly increase. This is true for both the technology itself and the way in which carriers — like my employer Orange, as well as vendors and other service providers — adapt and evolve their approach to meeting these demands. As a result, we’re becoming more and more agile and adept in how we virtualize our evolving network and a shifting ecosystem.” keep up with growing demands and the need to virtualize.

At Orange, we are laser-focused on investments into future technologies and plan to spend over $16 billion between 2015 and 2018 towards new networks (including 4G, 4G+, fixed fiber). A key component of these investments — along with access network investments — are advancements in software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) technologies as a way to create new revenue streams, improve agility, and reduce costs via a program we call On-Demand Networks. With 5G and network slicing around the corner, both SDN and NFV are major areas of investment. In fact, 5G will be natively virtualized through our investments in these areas. As such, our On-Demand Network program is a top priority.

NFV, in its ability to impart massive transformation, is similar to the industrial revolution in that it will profoundly impact our ‘factory’ (i.e. network) and business models along with changing consumer usage and creating a huge societal impact. That in mind, we’ve prioritized NFV use cases, including the Orange Easy GoNetwork, a Network as a Service (NaaS) offering for branch or remote-site connectivity provided by Orange Business Services in 75 countries. Easy Go Network is a network solution to connect easily remote sites with a zero-touch provisioning: the order is done online and a plug and play router is automatically sent on site. This will save time for IT managers with a lot of remote sites to manage like retail stores, agencies etc.

To experience the full benefits of NFV, the full-scale rollout is necessary. This includes model-driven architectures, policy-driven automation, DevOps, closed-loop feedback with big data analytics (ultimately utilizing AI and machine learning) and of course hardware disaggregation and virtualization. It is not enough to simply virtualize hardware resources, as other capabilities are critical to automate operations such as self-healing, scale-out, scale-in and lifecycle management. However, this work is not easy and requires a great deal of testing and analysis — not to mention skilled talent and a whole new level of KPIs.

To help us dive deeper into open source NFV, Orange became involved with the OPNFV project, hosted by The Linux Foundation, since its inception in 2014. Open source, and OPNFV in particular offers a way to collaboratively work on a set of reference architecture scenarios and testing tools for NFV Infrastructure and virtual network functions (NFV)  compliance and verification as well as Management and Orchestration (MANO) components.

Some of the top benefits of OPNFV realized by Orange include access to open source, testing and interoperability of open source NFV architecture, VNF/ service onboarding and operational simplification, among others.  The unique role that OPNFV plays in fostering collaboration among key stakeholders across the entire ecosystem is a huge benefit for all involved, and the relationship between Orange and the OPNFV community is symbiotic — in fact, Orange is the top telecom operator contributor in OPNFV, and in the top 5 across all contributors.

At Orange, we’re using open source as a way to speed up the industrialization (hardening) of technology and ensure open APIs to minimize vendor lock-in. OPNFV helps to solve some of the challenges that come with NFV by building an integrated and tested reference platform and methodology for NFV. This reduces the time and effort required for network transformation, ranging from NFV Infrastructure testing, reference architecture scenarios, VNF on-boarding and verification, network service onboarding, simplified operations, and interoperability.

Click here to learn more details on Orange’s involvement with OPNFV.

Invest in the future of NFV and your career at OPNFV Euphrates Plugfest, Dec 4-8

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By Sandra Rivera, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Network Platforms Group, Intel Corporation

From December 4th through the 8th, Intel will host the OPNFV Euphrates Plugfest at its Jones Farm campus in Hillsboro, Oregon. We are excited to support the OPNFV developer community in this fourth Plugfest, see familiar faces and welcome new members to the community. Intel has been involved with the OPNFV since its inception, and we continue to support its mission to create a standard NFV reference architecture, developed through system level integration, deployment and testing across open source ecosystems.

During the Euphrates Plugfest, community members including project technical leads (PTLs), and software developers will tackle the technical challenges of putting Euphrates release into operation. Attendees will improve the OPNFV platform through rigorous compatibility testing across multiple hardware and software configurations, including the latest platforms based on Intel architecture built on the Intel® Xeon® Scalable family of processors. Developers and vendors can try new scenarios, test cases, installers, tools and combinations of components.

Advantech, Nokia and Intel will provide onsite hardware resources, and CENGN, Lenovo and NEC will provide remote equipment, including OCP-based servers.

OPNFV Projects Meetings, Concurrent Hacking Session

New areas of focus for this Plugfest include collaboration with ETSI on its upcoming PlugTest test cases; ONAP integration, Kubernetes and container integration, and multi-access Edge. You can learn more about the previous Plugfest by reading the Danube Plugfest report.

We also have plans for key project teams to meet face-to-face. Doctor, Clover (Cloud Native NFV), Yardstick, Bottlenecks, Daisy, SNAPS-OO and other teams will meet for in-depth discussions, problem-solving, and planning for the upcoming Fraser release.

Due to overwhelming demand from previous Plugfests, we will also host several hacking sessions.

While the agenda is still under development, you can stay up to date on the latest schedule by visiting the Plugfest collaboration wiki page.

Intel Network Builders Ecosystem and Network Services Benchmarking project

The Intel Network Builders ecosystem is comprised of independent software vendors (ISVs), operating system vendors (OSVs), original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), telecom equipment manufacturers (TEMs), system integrators, communication service providers and other industry leaders focused on creating reference architectures and new use cases to accelerate the adoption and deployment of NFV and SDN.

The Intel Network Builders community has tested new concepts and contributed many innovations to open source communities, including OPNFV. One recent example is the Network Services Benchmarking (NSB) project launched over a year ago to develop a common testing framework for Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI) and Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs) characterization. The goal of NSB is to accelerate the VNF onboarding process, a key requirement as we prepare the infrastructure for 5G.

This benchmarking program has led to significant contributions to the Yardstick, Barometer and SampleVNF sub-projects in support of the latest Euphrates release. You can read more about NSB in a recent blog by John Healy, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Datacenter Network Solutions Group.

OPNFV Members, Non-Members and Intel Network Builders: Register for Plugfest Today

I encourage you to join us in Hillsboro December 4-8. Test the Euphrates release, expand your industry network, and build on your NFV skills. Space is limited and spots are filling up – so register today. We look forward to seeing you there!

OPNFV Euphrates release addresses open-source NFV testing, interoperability

By | Community News

OPNFV has released OPNFV Euphrates, the project’s fifth platform release, focused on enabling service providers to accelerate network functions virtualization (NFV) transformation via open-source NFV.

A key element of the new release is that OPNFV Euphrates delivers Kubernetes integration as well as enhanced cross-community continuous integration (XCI) and new carrier-grade features such as increased virtualized networks visibility.

Read more at FierceTelecom

OPNFV Supports Containerized OpenStack and Kubernetes

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The OPNFV Project today announced availability of its fifth platform release — Euphrates. It’s the first release that delivers container integration and Kubernetes support. It gives the ability to deploy containerized OpenStack via Kolla, which provides production-ready containers and deployment tools for operating OpenStack clouds.

Read more at SDxCentral.