OPNFV Brahmaputra 3.0 Brings Added Enhancements to Recent Platform Release

By April 29, 2016Blog

When we released OPNFV Brahmaputra almost two months ago, we committed to delivering the entire set of deployment scenarios incrementally, with additional scenarios becoming available in a set of monthly stable releases (SR) as they achieve added stability. After further iterative work by our community it is with pleasure that I can announce we are now releasing a more complete and stable set of deployment scenarios, Brahmaputra 3.0, which is available today!

Specifically, Brahmaputra 3.0 includes key enhancements to SDN distributed routing, BGP VPN support, Service Function Chaining (SFC), and other Layer 3 infrastructure support. Much of this is addressed via the OPNFV “SDNVPN” project, which has reached deployment with Brahmaputra 3.0 SR.

Many telecom network functions are relying on Layer 3 infrastructure services, within a VNF between components, or towards existing external networks. In many cases, these external networks are implemented in MPLS/BGP technology in existing service provider wide-area-networks (WAN). This technology provides a proven mechanism for inter-operation of a NFV Infrastructure (NFVI) and WAN.

This capability leverages a number of activities across OpenDaylight, OVS and OpenStack where we have been implementing components of the overall functionality, including OpenDaylight Project VPN Service; OpenStack Blueprint on Neutron API extension for BGPVPN; and OpenStack neutron project on BGPVPN.

The architecture in the VPN service proposal both links NFVI networking services seamlessly into the WAN network architecture, and provides a solution for distributed routing functionality in the virtual switches using standard ODL southbound interfaces.

The Brahmaputra 3.0 release additionally includes OVS enhancements; NFV targeted feature development in KVM and is the first release of OPNFV that runs with stability in our ARM labs.

The Brahmaputra 3.0 release provides our most stable and consumable release of Brahmaputra and further establishes a solid foundation for further development and end to end feature composition in the Colorado release.
About the author of this post

Christopher PriceChris Price
Chris leads open source industry collaboration for Ericsson in the areas of NFV, Cloud & SDN from the CTO’s office in Sweden and is an active member of the technical steering comitee’s of the OpenDaylight and OPNFV Projects.  Chris’ experiences include leading Ericssons’ IP&Broadband network architecture and standardization teams with a rich history in development of systems and technology in the areas of network management, policy control and user service management, user session control plane solutions, and DPI technologies.