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OPNFV Welcomes Leading Technology Organizations China Telecom, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Qualcomm, and Samsung Electronics

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Open Source NFV project expands its member base as global telecom, wireless, digital media, and research organizations commit to accelerating open source NFV

SAN FRANCISCO, November 2, 2016 — The OPNFV Project, an open source project that facilitates the development and evolution of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) components across various open source ecosystems through integration, deployment, and testing today announced four new member organizations.

New Silver members include China Telecom,Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm, Inc., and Samsung Electronics, while the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) joins as an Associate member. The addition of an end user organization, a research institution and two major global vendors signals a maturing of both the project and NFV as technology. Launched just over two years ago, the OPNFV project is supported by a vibrant group of 55 member companies committed to advancing a flexible, open source framework for NFV.

“Continued growth and diversity among our member roster is a testament to the growing power of open, collaborative development within the networking industry,” said Heather Kirksey, director, OPNFV. “I’m honored to welcome China Telecom, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Qualcomm, and Samsung Electronics to the project. Together with our existing member base and strong community, these key organizations will help accelerate the adoption of open source NFV.”

About the newest members

China Telecom Corporation Limited is one of the world’s largest and leading integrated information service operators, providing wireline and mobile telecommunications services, Internet access services, information services, and other value-added telecommunications services primarily in the People’s Republic of China. At the end of 2015, the company had wireline access lines in service of about 134 million customers, wireline broadband subscribers of about 113 million, and mobile subscribers of about 198 million.

“China Telecom has long supported NFV technologies and we strongly believe in the power of open source to both accelerate development and reduce complexity,” said Shen Shaoai, vice general manager of Technology Department, China Telecom. “Joining OPNFV and working more collaboratively across the industry is crucial as we strive to virtualize 80 percent of our network functions by 2025. We’re looking forward to contributing our expertise to help build a strong, open NFV platform.”

With more than 25 years of experience, Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) has a long history in building Next Generation Network Infrastructures with tier one operators and key manufactures worldwide. Research concentrates on technical infrastructure as well as the development of practical concepts, prototypes, and applications in a pre-competitive environment. In this context open source toolkits developed by FOKUS, such as the SIP Express Router and the Open Source IMS Core, as well as the most recent Open Baton platform, have been landmarks for performing initial PoCs and paving the way for efficient and successful network and service transformation towards 5G. With around 430 employees, FOKUS is one of the largest Fraunhofer institutes.

“As networks transform and become more agile, it’s important that the industry come together to work collectively on open solutions,” said Dr. Thomas Magedanz, director of the Software-based Networks business unit at Fraunhofer FOKUS. “We’re excited to be joining the OPNFV community as a natural step for contributing our resources and expertise in areas such as MANO that will help to build a stronger open source NFV platform globally.”

Qualcomm Incorporated is a world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies. For more than 30 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of digital communications, linking people everywhere more closely to information, entertainment and each other.

“Rapid evolution in the way people consume data, especially as we move towards 5G, requires agile and scalable solutions to meet the increasing demands of the world’s networks,” Ram Peddibhotla, senior director, product management, Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies, Inc. “Through our collaboration in the OPNFV community, we’re eager to harness the power of open source to accelerate open network transformation.”

Samsung Electronics inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The Company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices,tablets, cameras, digital appliances, printers, medical equipment, network systems, and semiconductor and LED solutions.

“Explosive demand for data requires the networking ecosystem to constantly reinvent itself with the introduction of new technologies and innovations,” said Woojune Kim, vice president and head of strategy group, Next Generation Communication Team at Samsung Electronics.“We believe in an open approach to addressing the growing reliance on virtualized technologies like NFV. Joining OPNFV will help enable faster and broader adoption of more interoperable network infrastructures, and we look forward to working collaboratively across the industry.”

For information on on how to participate in the OPNFV project or to learn more about OPNFV Colorado, the project’s third and most recent platform release, visit: https://www.opnfv.org.

About the Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV)

Open Platform for NFV (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 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.

Open Source NFV Project Delivers Third Platform Release, Introduces More Mature Features and Processes

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OPNFV Colorado lays foundation for NFV applications and services via key feature enhancements, greater integration and additional testing capabilities

SAN FRANCISCO, September 26, 2016 — The OPNFV Project, an open source project 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 OPNFV Colorado, the project’s third platform release. Built on a strong underlying foundation, Colorado includes critical advances that accelerate the development of NFV applications and services through key feature enhancements across security, IPv6, Service Function Chaining (SFC), testing, VPN capabilities, and support for multiple hardware architectures.

“Colorado represents a more robust version of OPNFV’s previous Brahmaputra platform,” said Heather Kirksey, director, OPNFV. “The OPNFV community, in close collaboration with other upstream communities, has delivered enhanced capabilities most important to the NFV platform growth and maturity.”

Key enhancements available in OPNFV Colorado include:

  • Core feature upgrades. These improvements come via focused collaboration with upstream communities and are centered on improving foundational support for NFV applications and services. All feature enhancements are integrated into the automated install/deploy/testing framework.
    • Enhanced security by earning the Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) Badge for best practices in open source development; additionally, the Moon project has been prototyping identity federation and management for OpenStack and OpenDaylight.
    • Service Function Chaining (SFC) now runs across multiple nodes, includes installer support for VNF Manager (Tacker) installation and support for enhanced cloud scenarios.
    • Improved IPv6 support includes IPv6-only deployments, full underlay and overlay support and integration with additional install tools.
    • The SDN VPN project now enables full Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN support including BGP peering.
    • Full support for multiple hardware architectures, including both ARM® and x86 architectures.
  • Enhanced testing capabilities. Colorado includes a greater integration across testing projects with additional feature testing capabilities, and increased automation.
  • Infrastructure and testing environment advancements. The Phros Test Lab project continues to be a key element of OPNFV release development and validation. Colorado brings increased governance, consistency, availability and quality to the labs, increasing efficiency and ccreating the groundwork for a robust Lab-as-a-Service program. See the full list of Pharos labs –including those participating in Colorado–here.
  • Community expansion. Improved cross-project collaboration via working groups focused on Management and Operation (MANO), Infrastructure, Security, and Testing. Five Committers-At-Large members have been elected to the Technical Steering Committee (TSC) to enhance the meritocratic nature of the project. OPNFV also continues to build relationships with key upstream communities such as OpenStack, OpenDaylight, ONOS, OpenContrail, FD.io, OVS, Open-O, OpenBaton, KVM, DPDK, ODP, and Linux. Additionally, OPNFV launched its intern program during the Colorado release timeframe, already providing valuable contributions across work on the Pharos Labs, VNF on-boarding and CINDR performance testing.
  • Efficient network forwarding. Colorado introduces scenarios created by the FastDataStacks project which include the VPP software supplied bu the FD.io project to enable high-performance networking for NFV. More information on FastDataStacks can be found here.

“We’re seeing a maturity of process with the Colorado release, reflected by things like achievement of the CII Best Practices badge for security and the growing maturity of our testing and DevOps methodology,” said Chris Price, TSC chair, OPNFV and Open Source Manager for SDN, Cloud & NFV, Ericsson. “The creation of working groups across MANO, Infrastructure, Security, and Testing also help the project evolve towards a foundational and robust industry platform for advanced open source NFV.”

In addition to enhanced features and capabilities of the platform, the third OPNFV release has provided an opportunity for the community to become even more fluent in system level feature development and testing in support of NFV. This will be crucial in moving past the initial groundwork and into ease-of-deployment and end-user engagement as the platform continues to mature. Colorado sets the stage for significant new work in the MANO area including efforts focused on VNF on-boarding, increased CI/CD integration with upstream communities and ongoing NFV-related feature enhancements that will further accelerate the transformation of enterprise and service provider networks.

OPNFV is at the OpenDaylight Summit in Seattle this week, September 27-29. The community will participate in various presentations throughout the Summit and will host an OPNFV MeetUp onsite.

The second OPNFV Plugfest will be held December 5-9, 2016 at the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab in Durham, New Hampshire. The event will focus on interoperability of the OPNFV platform in three key areas of testing: OPNFV Deployment, Network Integration, and VNF Applications. Both OPNFV members and non-members are welcome to attend.

Information about OPNFV Colorado is available here: https://www.opnfv.org/colorado.

To learn more about OPNFV Colorado, or for information on how to participate in the OPNFV project, visit: https://www.opnfv.org.

Comments from key project contributors:

Bob Monkman, project technical lead for Armband project and segment marketing manager at ARM:

“OPNFV Colorado is an important new release as it continues the momentum towards a future-proof network based on multi-architectural solutions. The OPNFV Project is rapidly building an open, mature and integrated foundation to deliver NFV and we are engaged on a number of fronts, importantly on the Armband Project in open developer labs around the world.”

Bin Hu, Project Technical Lead for IPv6 project and PMTS at AT&T:

“With Colorado, we expanded upon the existing IPv6 support in Brahmaputra to now include overlay and underlay support and added support for additional install tools, including Apex, so support IPv6-only deployments.  An important step for the platform, this brings advantages such as more efficient routing, more efficient packet processing, direct data flows, simplified network configuration, and enhanced security provided by a rapidly-growing IPv6 underlay infrastructure.”

Frank Brockners, Project Technical Lead for the FastDataStacks project and Distinguished Engineer, Cisco:

“To date, NFV stacks have been missing an esasy-to-extend, feature-rich, high-performance/scale virtual switch-router –integrated into a versatile stack architecture that can work with a variety of software and hardware forwarders. In Colorado with the FastDataStacks project, we have now overcome this hurdle and introduced a first OPNFV scenario that integrates the vector packet processor (VPP) as supplied by the FD.io project while leveraging OpenDaylight Group-Based Policy (BGP) as the integration vehicle.”

Brady Johnson, Project Technical Lead for SFC project and Principal Software Engineer at Ericsson:

“In the OPNFV Colorado release, SFC improves on the foundation laid in the Brahmaputra release by enhancing the stability of most of the upstream components that make up the project. We can now support more flexible and multi-node NSH networking scenarios. OPNFV, working with upstream teams, can now enable scenarios and network agility important to end users.”

Luke Hinds, Key project lead, CII Best Practice Badge and principal software engineer, RedHat:

“Security of the OPNFV ecosystem is critical to the trust and integrity of our community’s endeavor. The security posture of OPNFV is enhanced in Colorado by achievement of the Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) Badge for best practices, and a full security code audit carried out by the OPNFV security working group. Colorado also includes two new security projects that set more secure standards movin forward: the Moon project prototypes identity federation for OpenStack and OpenDaylight and a second project which performs automated CI NFVi Security Scanning.”

About the Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV)

Open Platform for NFV (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  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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MEDIA ADVISORY: Open Source NFV Project to Host 2017 Summit in Beijing

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Registration, sponsorship information available for 3rd Annual OPNFV Summit to take place in Beijing, China, June 12-15, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, September 6, 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 the 2017 OPNFV Summit will be held in Beijing, China, June 12-15, 2017 at the JW Marriott Beijing. The Summit provides an opportunity to reach the innovative communities, developers and companies transforming the networking industry through open source NFV.

Registration for the 2017 OPNFV Summit is available here. Those interested in sponsoring the event can find more details here. Additional information, including the Call for Proposals, agendas and co-located events will be available in the coming months, so check the OPNFV Summit website for updates.

“With such a growing and vibrant global community, we’re looking forward to holding our 2017 OPNFV Summit in Beijing,” said Heather Kirksey, director, OPNFV. “Our community is truly global, with strong contributions and growth from across Asia. Hosting our next Summit in China will allow an even broader participation in OPNFV from developers, end users, academia and others passionate about transforming the network.”

The second OPNFV Summit, held June 20-23, 2016 in Berlin, was a great success with 620 attendees from across the NFV ecosystem. A recap of the event, including presentation slides, videos, photos and more, are available here: https://www.opnfv.org/opnfv-summit-2016-event-recap.

About 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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OPNFV Creates End User Advisory Group to Inform Project’s Technical Direction and Approach

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Open Source NFV project leverages real-world expertise of key networking experts from leading carriers and service providers including AT&T, China Mobile, Cox Communications, Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica, Sprint and more  

 SAN FRANCISCO, August 18, 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 the project has formed an End User Advisory Group (EUAG) consisting of end-user organizations from both OPNFV members and nonmembers to provide technical guidance to the OPNFV developer community.

Founding members include:

  • AT&T’s Toby Ford, assistant vice president of Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Architecture and Strategy; Bryan Sullivan, director of Open Source Strategy; and Steven Wright, lead member of Technical Staff
  • British Telecom’s Milind Bhagwat, enterprise architect and technology strategy lead
  • CableLabs’ Don Clarke, principal network architect; Randy Levensalor, lead software architect; and Tetsuya Nakamura, principal systems architect
  • China Mobile’s Lingli Deng, project manager
  • China Unicom’s Chuan Jia and Junjie Tong from the Network Technology Research Institute of China Unicom, Department of Network Technology Research
  • Cox Communications’ Guy Meador, senior strategic architect; and Jeff Finkelstein, executive director of Advanced Access Architecture
  • Deutsche Telekom’s Herbert Damker, senior expert, Group Technology
  • Fidelity Investment’s Carlos Matos, director of global network architecture
  • Liberty Global’s Uzari Firoze, manager, Business-to-Business Network Design
  • KDDI’s Hajime Miyamoto, senior engineer and Kenichi Ogaki, assistant manager
  • KDDI Lab’s Masanori Miyazawa, research manager
  • Orange’s Morgan Richomme, NFV architect
  • SK Telecom’s Sungho Jo, head of 5G Tech Lab, Network Technology R&D Center
  • Sprint’s Serge Manning, senior technology strategist, Global Standards
  • Telecom Italia’s Cecilia Corbi, standardization manager
  • Telefonica’s Diego Lopez, senior technology expert
  • Telia Company’s Johan Gustawsson, network architect, SDN and NFV
  • Vodafone Group’s David Amzallag, group head of Network Virtualization, SDN and NFV; and Kodi Atuchukwu, network virtualisation architect, Vodafone Ocean

Created to provide a forum for end users to assist and support the project’s objectives by providing technical and strategic guidance to the OPNFV governing bodies (including the Technical Steering Committee (TSC), the Board of Directors and the Certification & Compliance Committee), the EUAG is comprised of members experienced in running some of the world’s most cutting-edge networks.

“The formation of the OPNFV EUAG will harness the knowledge and expertise of those responsible for actually running real-world networks as they deploy and scale,” said Heather Kirksey, director, OPNFV. “Feedback from the ecosystem using and deploying NFV is crucial to the future direction of OPNFV. Engaging these pioneers will help us address the most pressing pain points for the industry and build a platform with broad applicability.”

The EUAG meets monthly to discuss key challenges, standards, network architecture, and emerging use cases related to NFV. The first meeting was held June 26, 2016 and the next meeting is scheduled for August 31. The group is chaired by AT&T’s Steven Wright, who will serve a two-year term while delegates may serve for as long as they like. EUAG member eligibility includes individuals at network operators (service providers–cloud or network, telco or cable operators, enterprises, government or educational institutions) who have current or prior experience in a) management of a production deployed network, b) architecting of a production deployed network, or c) serving as network software or hardware decision maker.

“AT&T values the industry interoperability efforts pioneered by OPNFV to enable a VNF ecosystem,” said Steven Wright, lead member of technical staff at AT&T and chair of the OPNFV EUAG. “We are excited to be more active in this community by contributing code directly and with vendors.”

More details on the OPNFV EUAG can be found here, including the group’s Wiki page, official Charter and Member Agreement. EUAG meeting minutes are public and posted to the EUAG wiki page. New members are welcome to join the group at any time; requests to join and questions should be sent to: user-advisory@opnfv.org.

Comments from founding OPNFV EUAG members (in alphabetical order by company name)

Milind Bhagwat, British Telecom: “BT has been instrumental in the development of NFV and continues to heavily leverage this technology to make our network services more dynamic. We’ve learned that integration between legacy and new implementations is critical in determining the speed at which networks can be transformed. I’m pleased to be able to bring BT’s experience and perspectives to the OPNFV EUAG.”

Don Clarke, CableLabs: “CableLabs is tasked with developing technologies and standards on behalf of the cable industry. As a founding member of OPNFV we are keen to see the community address the needs of network operators for a reliable and replicable NFV platform based on open source. The EUAG will enable end users to share their experience with the platform, and provide useful guidance to the community on priorities for focused and timely development.”

Lingli Deng, China Mobile: “OPNFV continues to gain more experience with integration and delivering more and more stable and mature releases. End users are able to provide invaluable insights into deploying OPNFV releases, business demands and their impact on the network, and conducting PoCs/trials. This greatly benefits the community and helps ensure practical and successful OPNFV deployments.”

Morgan Richomme, Orange: “Orange has been involved in OPNFV since day one. We are actively contributing to several projects around the ecosystem and actually speeding up the selection process of the best open source components for NFV. The OPNFV EUAG will be the perfect place to get in touch with business owners, share best practices and concerns. As a contributor, we expect the initiative to help consolidate our position, especially in the testing area. Another goal is also to encourage end users to contribute more in order to shape OPNFV for the enterprise.”

Serge Manning, Sprint: “This advisory group will be an important forum for those of us in the trenches – the technologists that are running real-world networks – to guide and accelerate the adoption of open source NFV.”

Diego Lopez, Telefonica: “The open playground OPNFV aims to establish is a very valuable element of a thriving ecosystem for NFV, easing the collection of requirements for upstream projects like OSM, and facilitating their validation and experimentation by potential users. Furthermore, OPNFV provides an interesting common ground for further research activities in the NFV technologies themselves and in advanced application environments like 5G.”

Johan Gustawsson, Telia Company: “By engaging directly with a handful of OPNFV upstream projects and witnessing its broad industry traction, it’s clear the project is highly credible and brings together various components to accelerate the development and adoption of an open end-to-end platform for NFV. Through this newly formed advisory group, I believe we can achieve a strong level of engagement and collaboration with operator peers and the broader community to address common challenges.”

OPNFV recently hosted its annual Summit in Berlin on June 22-23, 2016. The Summit brought together 620 members of the OPNFV community including network operators, vendors,  developers and end users. Eighteen service provider companies–including several from our EUAG– were in attendance to participate in a keynote panel, six PoC Demos, and as speakers in more than 25 track sessions. To watch OPNFV Director Heather 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.

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Lenovo Joins OPNFV Project as Platinum Member

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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.

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OPNFV Project Gathers in Berlin, Expands Global NFV Ecosystem

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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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Survey Reveals 93 Percent of Network Operators View OPNFV as Important to Success of NFV

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OPNFV and Heavy Reading survey finds the majority of operators plan to leverage the output of OPNFV

BERLIN, OPNFV Summit,  June 22, 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 onstage at OPNFV Summit the results of a global survey commissioned by Heavy Reading to understand network operators’ perceptions of OPNFV and how the project can help accelerate NFV transformation. The data indicated an overwhelming majority (99 percent) of those surveyed agree that at just 21 months in, OPNFV is poised to deliver on its promise to accelerate NFV.

The survey was  designed to gauge market perceptions of the OPNFV project, including expected outcomes, its role in shaping open source NFV, industry intent to leverage OPNFV output, and overall impact.The survey follow-up a baseline survey also conducted by Heavy Reading in September 2015.  Specifically targeted towards telecommunications network operators, the data reveals an updated look at the drivers, barriers, timelines and critical upstream integration needed for OPNFV to succeed in advancing open source NFV adoption.

Key findings include:

  • OPNFV is critical to the telecom industry. While 99 percent of those surveyed believe OPNFV will deliver on its promise, 93 percent also believe OPNFV is either essential or important to the telecom industry as a whole. And 97 percent of those surveyed plan to leverage the output of OPNFV in some way.
  • Upstream integration is more important than ever. 99 percent agree OPNFV is relevant to upstream open source projects. Respondents overwhelmingly (85 percent) ranked OpenStack as the most important upstream project to OPNFV’s success, followed by OpenvSwitch (49 percent), KVM (42 percent) and OpenDaylight (37 percent).
  • NFV is making headway. While NFV deployments are still young, operators are further along in the journey than they were eight months ago. Data shows that only six percent of operators have no NFV strategy planned at all, compared to 14 percent in September 2015.
  • Barriers remain. Some of the biggest barriers for organizations to get involved with OPNFV include “lack of skill set” and “lack of upper management support.” While these factors are keeping some organizations on the sidelines, many (47 percent) recognize NFV is a priority for their company and the majority of those (53 percent) indicated they know how to get involved with OPNFV when their organization is ready to begin NFV planning and execution.
  • Security. Security was cited as the top technology that OPNFV should investigate. Recognizing its growing importance in the community, last year OPNFV formed a security working group dedicated to improving security through architecture, documentation, code review, upstream inter-work with other groups, and vulnerability management and security research. Their work provides an umbrella group focused on developing security-centric functions within the ecosystem, including a proposal to deliver a security management system for OPNFV.
  • Management and Orchestration (MANO), and the related value OPNFV can provide, is increasingly important. Ranked as one of the top three technologies OPNFV should investigate (along with security and OSS/BSS integration), operators believe OPNFV can aid in addressing MANO by proposing industry-wide APIs in support of orchestration; demonstrating integration of MANO projects into the OPNFV platform;  and providing upstream feedback to MANO projects components (including Virtual Infrastructure Managers, Virtual Network Function Managers, and Software Defined Networking controllers).

 

“It’s inspiring to see that the industry believes in the importance of what we’re doing with OPNFV,” said Heather Kirksey, director, OPNFV. “Our strong community continues to grow and thrive and while we’re still  a young organization, the results of the survey indicate we’re still on the right path. It’s important we get a regular pulse on what the industry needs so we can refine our approach, and focus our efforts on how best to accelerate open source NFV.”

The survey results, which include input from more than 90 network operator professionals focused on engineering, research and development, network planning and corporate management, primarily based in North America, Europe and Asia, were shared on stage during the second annual OPNFV Summit, which brings together developers, end users, and upstream communities working to advance the creation of an open source framework for NFV. More details on the survey results are available here.

About 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 a 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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OPNFV Project Announces Keynotes and Agenda for Open Source NFV Summit in June

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Networking community unites to accelerate open source NFV via collaboration

SAN FRANCISCO, May 5, 2016–The OPNFV Project, a community-led, industry supported open source platform for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), today announced the preliminary lineup of keynotes and sessions for its second annual OPNFV Summit. Hosted by The Linux Foundation, the Summit takes place in Berlin June 20-23, 2016 and brings together leading developers, communities and organizations within the networking industry.

OPNFV Summit is an annual conference to collaborate, innovate and explore the latest developments in NFV with keynotes, technical sessions and hands-on design workshops hosted by industry leaders. This year’s topics range from working with upstream projects to performance, containers, MANO, DevOps, and more. In addition, the Summit provides a forum for the community to explore OPNFV’s second platform release, Brahmaputra, via collaborative hands-on support, use cases, testing scenarios, and in-depth discussion to help refine the code as the project prepares for the third release, Colorado. The week will also feature a Design Summit, a technology showcase, PoC zone, project theater, and networking events, including an OPNFV Orientation designed to help newcomers to the project –both technical and non-technical–become familiar with the OPNFV project and community and how to get started.

Headlined by renowned TED speaker and security expert Mikko Hyppönen, this year’s lineup of confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • Mikko Hyppönen, security and privacy expert, chief research officer, F-Secure

  • “MANO a MANO: End users on the NFV Frontier and What Lies Ahead,” panel moderated by Caroline Chappell, industry analyst, Heavy Reading. Other participants include:  Margaret Chiosi, distinguished network architect, AT&T Labs; Deng Hui, principal staff, China Mobile; Axel Clauberg, vice president, IP and Optical Architecture, Deutsche Telekom; Diego Lopez, senior technology expert, Telefonica; and David Amzallag, head of Network Virtualization, SDN and NFV, Vodafone.

  • Susan James, head of Product Line NFV Infrastructure, Business Unit Cloud & IP, Ericsson

  • Prodip Sen, chief technology officer, NFV, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise

  • Forrest Lee, OPNFV Open Source Development team director, Huawei

  • John Healy, general manager, Software Defined Networking Division, Network Platforms Group, Intel

  • Chris Wright, vice president and chief technologist, Red Hat

For the full Summit agenda, please visit http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/opnfv-summit/attend/agenda.

“Building on the tremendous momentum from the inaugural OPNFV Summit last November, we’re excited to host the 2016 Summit in the heart of Europe,” said Heather Kirksey, director, OPNFV. “The Summit is a unique, collaborative forum for solving real-world problems and together, charting the course for open source NFV.”

The Summit also includes a developer Design Summit June 20-21, 2016, where the technical community will convene to continue work on the next OPNFV release, Colorado, conduct tutorials, hold project breakout sessions and impromptu or “un-conference”- style meetups. This is the largest gathering of OPNFV developers from around the globe each year.  Hosted in parallel will be community events for the OpenDaylight Project, ONOS+ CORD Mini Summit and the ARM NFV Ecosystem Mini Summit.

Standard registration ends May 20, 2016, after which pricing increases from $325 to $425 USD. To see the current program and register for the OPNFV Summit, please visit: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/opnfv-summit.

OPNFV Summit is made possible with generous support from sponsors including of Diamond sponsor Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Platinum sponsors Ericsson, Huawei, Intel and Red Hat.

About 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 a 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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OPNFV Delivers Second Release of Open Source Network Functions Virtualization Platform

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Community delivers lab-ready platform that integrates and tests key NFV features at end-to-end system level

SAN FRANCISCO, March 1, 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 the availability of OPNFV Brahmaputra, the community’s second platform release. With the delivery of rich platform-level testing of NFV functionality and use cases, Brahmaputra is OPNFV’s first full experience with a massively parallel simultaneous release process. Brahmaputra demonstrates the ability to collaborate with upstream communities on feature development, address multiple technology components across the ecosystem and advance stability, performance, automation and hardened features.

OPNFV facilitates collaboration among the 165+ developers from network operators, solution providers and vendors who focus on integration, deployment and testing of upstream components to address NFV needs. Brahmaputra’s rigorous integration process pulled the latest code from upstream communities—including OpenStack, OpenDaylight, OpenContrail, ONOS and ETSI—while more than 30 accepted projects contributed new capabilities, specifications and community resources.

“Building on the foundation of Arno, the OPNFV community worked tirelessly to integrate and combine components from multiple communities to deliver Brahmaputra, which brings end-to-end feature realization,” said Chris Price, technical steering committee chair, OPNFV and Open Source Manager for SDN, Cloud & NFV, Ericsson. “The impact is substantial; we’ve now established methodologies and mechanisms for further cross-project and feature development.”

Key enhancements in OPNFV Brahmaputra include:

  •  Hardened feature enhancements.
    •  Layer 3 VPN instantiation and configuration
    • Initial support for IPv6 deployment and testing in IPv6 environments,
    • Improved fault detection and recovery capabilities via work in OpenStack Neutron and Ceilometer as well as collaborative development work with DPDK
    •  Initial Service Function Chaining capabilities via OpenDaylight Beryllium
    • Basic resource reservation via a shim layer on top of OpenStack
    •  Enhancements in performance and throughput via data plane acceleration and NFV-focused enhancements in OVS and KVM
  • Enhanced testing capabilities. Extending the suite of functional tests developed in Arno, Brahmaputra adds system-level testing and multiple performance testing frameworks and methodologies. The Yardstick Project implements system-level validation with baseline testing requirements as outlined in the ETSI TST 001 spec. Additional improvements include detailed vSwitch performance characterization, bottoms-up system performance benchmarking, and the implementation of a performance bottleneck-focused testing framework.
  •  Infrastructure and testing environment advancements. In addition to the bare metal lab hosted by the Linux Foundation, community Pharos labs were used to release validation for Brahmaputra. Additionally, OPNFV’s Jenkins-based continuous integration and continuous deployment toolchain has made great strides in automating all integration and deployment scenarios and associated testing frameworks.
  •  Deployment and integration enhancements. Brahmaputra contains an increased number of components and scenarios, including support for additional SDN controllers and installers, such as OpenStack Liberty and OpenDaylight Beryllium, which can be used to build the platform.

“The strength of any open source project depends on the community developing it,” said Heather Kirksey, director, OPNFV. “With an entire industry involved in the development of NFV, we’re seeing more collaboration among key stakeholders across the ecosystem. The strides we made in Brahmaputra create a framework for even more developers to come together and make progress in the journey to NFV.”

Brahmaputra will deliver the entire set of deployment scenarios incrementally, with additional scenarios becoming available in a set of monthly releases as they achieve stability.

OPNFV is also planning its first plugfest which will take place the week of May 9th, 2016 at the CableLabs headquarters in Louisville, CO. The plugfest will give the industry the opportunity to collaborate and test interoperability of different products with the Brahmaputra release.

Comments from upstream open source projects and standards organizations:

ETSI

“We congratulate the OPNFV Community on the Brahmaputra release of their NFV Reference Platform. The system level validation testing in the YardStick Project using requirements from ETSI’s DGS NFV TST 001 is an important step towards establishing and maintaining interoperability,” said Steven Wright, Chair ETSI NFV ISG. We’re looking forward to further collaborative efforts to enable an ecosystem supporting VNFs.”

ONOS

“We are pleased to see integration of ONOS Emu as a controller option in the OPNFV Brahmaputra release,” said Bill Snow, VP of Engineering with the Open Networking Laboratory (ON.Lab). “We congratulate OPNFV on this major release and look forward to continuing open collaboration with our upstream project to provide the SDN network control needed for future VNFaaS, NFV management and orchestration capabilities.”

OpenContrail

“We are excited to be a part of the journey with OPNFV by integrating our OpenContrail SDN solution into Brahmaputra, said Parantap Lahiri, senior director of engineering, Juniper Networks. “Based on the principles of open architecture and collaboration, integrating OpenContrail’s key features—such as IPv6 and VNF service chaining—into Brahmaputra further strengthens the OPNFV Project, enhancing our users’ NFV services and experiences. We look forward to continuing this journey as a part of the OPNFV family.”

OpenDaylight

“It’s great to see that in just 18 months, OPNFV has gone from idea to reality, playing a major role in accelerating the development of open source NFV within the industry,” said Neela Jacques, executive director, OpenDaylight. “Our community has worked closely with and contributed significantly to OPNFV’s Brahmaputra release. Brahmaputra significantly leverages the newest OpenDaylight platform features from our recently released Beryllium release. We congratulate the OPNFV community on very important release and look forward to continuing to support their success.”

OpenStack

“The OPNFV Brahmaputra release delivers on the strong collaboration between the OpenStack and OPNFV communities,” said Jonathan Bryce, executive director, OpenStack Foundation. “In addition to upgrading to Liberty, the latest OpenStack release, you’ll see additional OpenStack features and projects incorporated into Brahmaputra, further accelerating the areas of networking, IPv6, Service Function Chaining, monitoring, fault management, and installation options, among others. We’re looking forward to combined efforts toward enhancing the integrated open source NFV platform.”

Information about OPNFV Brahmaputra is available here: https://www.opnfv.org/brahmaputra.

To learn more about OPNFV Brahmaputra, or for information on how to participate in the OPNFV project, visit: https://www.opnfv.org/

About 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 a project at The Linux Foundation. Linux Foundation projects harness the power of collaborative development to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems. www.linuxfoundation.org

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Open Source NFV Project to Host Second OPNFV Summit

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OPNFV Summit brings together service providers, networking industry and open source communities to advance open source NFV

SAN FRANCISCO, February 3, 2016 – The OPNFV Project, a community-led, industry supported open source platform for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), today announced that registration and the call for speaking proposals for the second-annual OPNFV Summit is now open. The Summit brings together the communities, developers, and companies in the networking industry that are working together to accelerate NFV deployments. Hosted by the Linux Foundation, the OPNFV Summit  will take place in Berlin, Germany, June 20-23, 2016.

Serving as the premier venue for the industry to collaborate with peers on actualizing NFV, OPNFV Summit includes keynotes, technical sessions and hands-on design workshops hosted by industry leaders. Topics range from OPNFV use cases, best practices on working with upstream projects, performance and security, working with standards bodies, and much more. The inaugural OPNFV Summit held in Burlingame, Calif. November 2015 hosted more than 700 attendees from across the industry to hear insights and expertise from some of the brightest industry luminaries. Highlights included a “Voice of the End User” keynote panel featuring executives from AT&T, Lucera, Google, Merck and Orange; original technical tracks covering everything from PoCs to security to benchmarking; plus a Design Forum that attracted 275 attendees for tutorials, project sessions and breakouts, and events.

“Just like OPNFV itself, the Summit serves as an integration point for the NFV ecosystem,” said Heather Kirksey, director, OPNFV. “Hands-on education, exploration and engagement with the technology is so important, especially amidst a climate of such rapid innovation. I can’t wait to connect with the community in Berlin, and I encourage anyone interested in the project to join us.”

Speaker proposals are now being accepted for the Summit. The deadline to submit a proposal is Thursday, March 31, 2015.

The Summit also includes a developer Design Summit June 20-21, 2016 where technical content from the OPNFV projects and releases will be presented, discussed, and debated.

Early registration closes February 29, 2016, after which time the conference will increase from $225 to the standard registration price of $325. To register for the OPNFV Summit, please visit: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/opnfv-summit/attend/registration.

To view the OPNFV Summit 2016 sponsorship prospectus, please visit: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/opnfv-summit/sponsors

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.

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