OPNFV will host the first OPNFV Plugfest, May 9-13, at our CableLabs campus in Louisville, CO, and I couldn’t be more excited. This is where some of the initial conversations happened around forming OPNFV so it’s only fitting we leverage the CableLabs facilities to help OPNFV achieve this significant milestone.
OPNFV has grown dramatically from its inception with the goal of building a carrier-grade, integrated, open source reference platform to accelerate NFV. From the initial build of the NFV Infrastructure (NFVI) and Virtual Infrastructure Manager (VIM) components of ETSI NFV architecture via the Arno release, and now more recently with Brahmaputra. This second release marks a significant milestone for the project–it’s lab-ready and brings rich platform-level testing of NFV functionality and use cases with enhanced stability, system and unit testing as well as integration and infrastructure documentation.
The Plugfest also represents another milestone: OPNFV users coming together with the sole purpose of improving the platform, in real time and with real hardware, software and applications. Plugfest participants will have access to OPNFV platforms via the community Pharos labs, but are also encouraged to bring their own hardware to the Plugfest site. This is an opportunity to experiment with products against the validation framework, try different VNFs in different scenarios and configurations, and work on interoperability and prototyping.
The three key areas of testing are:
- OPNFV deployment (integration with different hardware platforms and installers)
- Network integration (integrating the OPNFV platform with SDN controllers or other networking hardware)
- VNF applications (verification of app life cycle on OPNFV platforms, including deployments created by different installers).
Attending the Plugfest will be members from the OPNFV technical community, including key members of the five testing projects. But OPNFV membership is not required! The OPNFV Plugfest is open to members and non-members alike; in fact, we encourage participation from developers across different organizations to ensure a well-rounded set of perspectives. If there are things you’d like to see in the C release, we encourage you to show up, participate, and get things done!
If you’re interested in shaping the future of OPNFV, please join us in Louisville! Visit http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/opnfv-plugfest to learn more and register.
About the author of this post
Tetsuya Nakamura is a Principal Systems Architect at CableLabs and member of the OPNFV Board of Directors.