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EMC and VMware Join the OPNFV Project

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New members join to advance open source Network Functions Virtualization

SAN FRANCISCO, May 22, 2015 — The OPNFV Project, a community-led industry supported open source flexible platform for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), today announced that EMC has joined as a Platinum member, and VMware has joined as a Silver member. EMC joins other Platinum members AT&T, Brocade, China Mobile, Cisco, Dell, Ericsson, HP, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Juniper Networks, NEC, Nokia Networks, DOCOMO, Red Hat, Telecom Italia, Vodafone and ZTE.

OPNFV is an open source project focused on accelerating the evolution of NFV. The project has united over 100 developers from service providers and commercial suppliers to collaborate on the development of a carrier-grade, integrated, open source flexible platform for NFV. Members are committed to help advance the creation of a flexible, open source framework for NFV.

EMC is driving innovation for telcos as the industry moves to adopt software-defined technologies in a rapidly transforming market. Together with VMware, the companies offer a deep ecosystem of solutions, technologies and partnerships that enable telcos to leverage NFV, big data and the cloud to transform their core networks.

“The telecom industry is undergoing a fundamental transformation. EMC is pleased to be part of OPNFV and to support its mission to use open source in order to accelerate the evolution of NFV for the unique needs of the telecom industry during this time of massive change. Today EMC provides unique capabilities that enable carriers to optimize operations and monetize real-time data. Through our participation in OPNFV, we’re committed to innovating for the future as we work closely with EMC’s federation of businesses to build an NFV platform with differentiation at all levels of the stack,” said David Hudson, Senior Director of the Communication Service Provider Group, Office of CTO at EMC Corporation.

“VMware is committed to supporting communication service providers as they transform to next generation cloud infrastructures,” said David Wright, vice president of operations, Telco NFV group at VMware. “I’m delighted that VMware and our Federation partner EMC are joining the OPNFV project to help accelerate the adoption of virtualized network infrastructures using OpenStack, the open interfaces of choice for our customers.”

“Open collaboration allows for a range of perspectives and opinions to be heard and debated via code,” said Heather Kirksey, director, OPNFV. “We’re seeing industry leaders unite around OPNFV as the place to have those debates and the result will be a stronger platform for all. We look forward to contributions from EMC and VMware to help accelerate the creation of an open source reference platform for NFV.”

Paul To, director, Cloud & NFV, EMC, will join OPNFV’s board of directors as well as the Technical Steering Committee. As part of its Platinum membership, EMC is dedicating additional employee resources to OPNFV to help build the reference platform for NFV.

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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ADVA Optical Networking, Canonical and Stratus Technologies Join OPNFV Project

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Contributions from the new Silver members advances the implementation of open source Network Functions Virtualization

SAN FRANCISCO, April 9, 2015 — The OPNFV Project, a community-led industry-supported open source reference platform for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), today announced that ADVA Optical Networking, Canonical and StratusⓇ Technologies are joining the project to build the industry’s first large scale, carrier- grade, end-to-end testing and integration project. Launched in September 2014, the OPNFV project is supported by 55 member companies who are committed to advance open source NFV. The community expects to make its first software release that will set the foundation necessary to build the NFV reference platform.

“In less than seven months OPNFV community has done a commendable job of setting up the foundation for collaboration. As we prepare for our first release, we are excited to see more active participation from the industry,” said Heather Kirksey, director, OPNFV. “The knowledge that our new members bring of building programmable solutions, cloud orchestration solutions and telco-grade cloud solutions are critical to building a flexible NFV framework that meets the industry’s needs.”

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ADVA Optical Networking is building tomorrow’s networks. Its intelligent telecommunications hardware, software and services have been deployed by several hundred service providers and thousands of enterprises. In March, the company garnered industry and media attention for the launch of its long-term NFV strategy. What’s more, ADVA Optical Networking also recently demonstrated how NFV can be used to virtualize customer premise equipment and to create virtualized radio access backhaul networks.

“NFV has the potential to dramatically change our industry; to open new revenue streams and realize new models of simplicity,” commented Stephan Rettenberger, vice president, marketing, ADVA Optical Networking. “But achieving this potential isn’t straightforward. It requires true collaboration. It requires true openness. It requires true interworking. OPNFV and the community that it’s building share our vision here and together we’re going to drive NFV forward.”

Canonical is the company behind Ubuntu, the leading operating system for cloud, scale-out and ARM-based hyperscale computing featuring the fastest, most secure hypervisors, as well as the latest in container technology with LXC and Docker. With Ubuntu, NFV solutions can be instantly deployed, integrated and scaled on any public cloud, private cloud or bare-metal server.

“Canonical is delivering Ubuntu OpenStack and open source orchestration solutions to leading telcos and carriers, so supporting OPNFV is a perfect fit for us,” said John Zannos, vice president of cloud alliances, Canonical. “NFV will supply flexibility and rapid innovation to the telcos, by leveraging our Ubuntu OpenStack Ecosystems, we look forward to accelerating broad adoption of open source NFV technologies in collaboration with OPNFV.”

Stratus Technologies is the leading provider of infrastructure based solutions that keep applications running continuously in today’s always-on world. With Stratus, service providers can achieve carrier-grade reliability in an OpenStack cloud environment. The software defined resiliency solution for NFV and SDN provides fully stateful fault tolerance with geo-redundancy to enable transparent service continuity.

“SDN and NFV are game-changing technologies, but today’s off-the-shelf solutions do not meet the reliability requirements of the telecommunications industry. Our belief is that the only way this can be achieved is through an industry led community focus,” said Steve Hauser, chief technology officer, Stratus Technologies. “We are delighted to be participating in OPNFV, by contributing deep industry expertise and technologies that will underpin the SDN and NFV infrastructure with the goal of dramatically increasing utilization, while providing uncompromised reliability.”

Anyone can participate in the OPNFV community regardless of affiliation or location. Technology contributions, concepts or ideas can be shared here. Join the discussions, listen to the debates and contribute to the advancement of open source NFV.

About Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV)

Open Platform for NFV is a carrier-grade, integrated, open source reference 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 Grows with Dialogic, H3C and Qosmos Joining the Community

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Additional members show increased commitment to accelerate the implementation of open source network functions virtualization

SAN FRANCISCO, March 2, 2015 — The OPNFV Project, a community-led industry- supported open source reference platform for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), today announced that Dialogic, H3C and Qosmos® are joining the project to advance the industry’s first integrated, open source NFV platform. The project has 52 members who have invested funds and resources to accelerate the implementation of open source NFV.

The OPNFV project was launched in September 2014 with an intention of developing an open source reference platform for NFV. The community, gearing up for its first code release, has been growing steadily with widespread support from service providers, vendors and open source communities.

“The networking industry is eager to unlock the immense potential of NFV quickly with open source software development,” said Heather Kirksey, director, OPNFV. “Our newest members add strength to the community with their knowledge on networking software solutions, IP-based solutions and network intelligence technologies, which are valuable to build the first ever open source reference platform for NFV.”

More on the newest OPNFV members, listed in alphabetical order:

Dialogic is a global leader in providing networking software and infrastructure solutions that inspires the world’s leading service providers and application developers to elevate the performance of media-rich communications across the most advanced networks.

“Dialogic is active in developing NFV technologies with a strong focus on software-based infrastructure projects,” said Jim Machi, senior vice president of product management and marketing, Dialogic. “We are eager to collaborate with the industry and share our expertise to speed the implementation of open source NFV platform.”

Based in Hangzhou, China, H3C is a global supplier of IP-based products and solutions. H3C offers a full series of IP products and solutions, including networking, security, management software, wireless, and more.

“H3C believes firmly that open source software will help bring innovative network solutions faster to market,” said Xuejun You, vice president, H3C. “Our contributions to OPNFV will help us accelerate H3C’s goal of building a new IT architecture to help develop new solutions to our customers.”

Qosmos leads the market for embedded Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) and network intelligence technology used in physical, SDN and NFV architectures. The company supplies software to vendors who embed real-time application awareness in their products for traffic optimization, service chaining, quality of service, analytics, cyber security and more.

“Given Qosmos’ focus on developing products that provide real-time network intelligence in SDN and NFV environments, it is natural for us to invest in the development of open source NFV platforms,” said Erik Larsson, vice president of marketing, Qosmos. “We are eager to share our expertise in network intelligence technology with the OPNFV community.”

Anyone can participate in the OPNFV community regardless of affiliation or location. Technology contributions, concepts or ideas can be shared here. Join the discussions, listen to the debates and contribute to the advancement of open source NFV.

About Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV)

Open Platform for NFV is a carrier-grade, integrated, open source reference 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 Launches New Conference to Advance Open Source Network Functions Virtualization

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Inaugural summit brings together service providers, networking industry and open source communities to discuss open source NFV

SAN FRANCISCO, February 24, 2015 – The OPNFV Project, a community-led industry supported open source reference platform for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), today announced the creation of the OPNFV Summit and call for speaking proposals. The goal of the Summit is to enable collaboration between the service providers, networking industry and open source communities to advance the development and adoption of an open source NFV platform. Hosted by The Linux Foundation, the inaugural OPNFV Summit will take place in Burlingame, Calif., November 11-12, 2015.

Speaker proposals are now being accepted for the Summit. The deadline to submit a proposal is Wednesday, September 2, 2015.

NFV is revolutionizing the networking industry by allowing service providers to deliver new services to their customers more quickly while significantly reducing both operating and capital expenditures. The OPNFV Summit is uniting the communities, projects, products and companies that are driving today’s NFV ecosystems, along with best practices from the world of open source software and collaborative development.

“The OPNFV project is unique as it aims to build a carrier-grade NFV platform by integrating and testing existing open source software components and contributing back into upstream communities based on NFV requirements,” said Heather Kirksey, director, OPNFV. “The Summit will offer plenty of opportunities for collaboration between open source communities and industry experts, to work with the code and the developers who are solving the real-world problems.”

OPNFV Summit includes keynotes, technical sessions and hands-on design workshops hosted by industry leaders on topics that will include, but are not limited to:

●Building the OPNFV community

●OPNFV and standards bodies

●OPNFV operations and applications

●OPNFV performance and security

●OPNFV use cases

●Working with the OPNFV code and upstream projects

●Organizational impacts of OPNFV

The Summit also includes a Hackfest on November 9-10, 2015. The Hackfest is an opportunity for developers and community members to come together to contribute to ongoing projects and the OPNFV codebase.

Early registration closes June 1, 2015 after which the conference price will increase from $199 to $299. To register for the OPNFV Summit, please visit:

http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/opnfv-summit/attend/register.

To view the OPNFV Summit 2015 sponsorship prospectus, please visit: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/opnfv-summit/sponsor.

About Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV)

Open Platform for NFV is a carrier-grade, integrated, open source reference 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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Enea, Korea Telecom, SK Telecom, Spirent and Xilinx Join the OPNFV Project

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New investments advance development and community growth of open source network functions virtualization

SAN FRANCISCO, February 3, 2015 — The OPNFV Project, a community-led industry supported open source reference platform for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), today announced that Enea, Korea Telecom, SK Telecom, Spirent and Xilinx are joining the project to advance the industry’s first integrated, open source NFV platform.

Launched in September 2014, OPNFV is enabling widespread collaboration between users and vendors who are developing an integrated and tested open source NFV reference platform that can enable faster implementation of new products and services. With a growing member base now totaling 49 members and a community gearing up for its first software release, OPNFV is leading the way toward broad adoption of open source NFV.

“Having a neutral place where the industry can collaborate on code development will help bring NFV to market faster,” said Heather Kirksey, director of NFV, OPNFV. “Our newest members are committed to advancing open source NFV and we welcome their unique perspectives on everything from real-time operating systems to large-scale network management to programmable devices. We invite anyone who is curious about OPNFV to join our weekly technical calls that are open to the public and participate in discussions.”

More on the newest OPNFV members, listed in alphabetical order:

Enea, headquartered in Sweden, is a global supplier of Linux and real-time operating system solutions, including middleware, tools, databases, and world class services, with a vision to enable communication everywhere.

“The OPNFV project presents a great opportunity for Enea to contribute with our expertise, accelerate innovation and retain our leading position as an Independent Software Vendor in the communication space,” said Daniel Forsgren, senior vice president, product management, Enea. “We are excited to join and collaborate with the developer community in this neutral and open community to advance NFV.”

Korea Telecom (KT) is Korea’s national telecommunications provider who has been leading the NFV adoption efforts in Korea. KT has committed to the adoption of newer technologies to ensure quality service to its customers.

“For KT, SDN/NFV is the key technology to reduce cost for network infrastructure and to implement services delivering new customer experience. KT currently reviews the application of the technologies in various directions for the key infrastructure,” noted HongBeom Jeon, head, infrastructure R&D laboratory, KT. “We expect that OPNFV will help us to establish agile NFV infrastructure and to deliver the benefits of software-defined infrastructure to our customers.”

SK Telecom, headquartered in Seoul, is Korea’s largest telecommunications company with more than 28 million mobile subscribers, accounting for over 50 percent of the market. SK Telecom is also seeking new growth engines by building ICT convergence business models in areas of healthcare, enterprise solutions, media and education.

“Faster adoption of NFV is critical to prepare the next generation of mobile networks and 5G architectures and to facilitate the NFV ecosystem,” said Alex Jinsung Choi, chief technology officer, SK Telecom. “We are eager to collaborate with the OPNFV community to advance the implementation of NFV in the industry.”

Spirent Communications is the global leader in developing innovative test solutions that allow IT and communications industries to evaluate the performance, agility and security of the latest technologies, infrastructure and applications being deployed worldwide.

“As the industry is transitioning toward virtualization of networks and applications, validation of SDN and NFV technologies is becoming mission-critical. Joining OPNFV is a natural fit for us as the community’s goal aligns with Spirent’s mission of validating NFV foundational elements and accelerating their adoption in service providers, data center and enterprise environments,” said Neil Holmquist, senior director, product marketing and management, Spirent Communications. “We are eager to share our test and measurement expertise with OPNFV community.”

Xilinx is a leading provider of All Programmable technologies and devices, beyond hardware to software, digital to analog, and single to multiple die in 3D ICs.

“Xilinx is excited to contribute to OPNFV,” said Gilles Garcia, director of wired communication at Xilinx. “We are hopeful that the open source NFV platform will help us address the ever-evolving demands of next-generation networks and enable new technologies.”

Anyone can participate in the OPNFV community regardless of affiliation or location. Technology contributions, concepts or ideas can be shared here. Join the discussions, listen to the debates and contribute to the advancement of open source NFV.

About Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV)

Open Platform for NFV is a carrier-grade, integrated, open source reference 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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Array Networks, Midokura, Ooredoo and Sonus Networks Join the OPNFV Project

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Members collaborate to advance an open source platform for Network Functions Virtualization

SAN FRANCISCO, December 11, 2014 — The OPNFV Project, a community-led industry supported open source reference platform for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), today announced that Array Networks, Midokura, Ooredoo and Sonus Networks are joining the project. The companies will join existing members to support a carrier-grade, integrated, open source reference platform to advance the evolution of NFV and to ensure consistency, performance and interoperability among multiple open source components. OPNFV is supported by 44 member companies and has formed a Technical Steering Committee (TSC) to establish technical direction for the project.

OPNFV brings together end users and vendors to develop an integrated and tested open source NFV platform that can accelerate the introduction of new products and services. The project will establish a carrier-grade, integrated, open source reference platform that industry peers will build together to advance the evolution of NFV and to ensure consistency, performance and interoperability among multiple open source components.

“OPNFV is about global participation by a diverse group of suppliers to create an open platform that we can all use to achieve the promise of NFV,” said Margaret Chiosi, president, OPNFV. “With increasing interest throughout the industry, the project is poised to play a key role in the acceleration and availability of NFV. We welcome our new silver members, Array Networks, Midokura, Ooredoo and Sonus Networks, who represent the types of members we need, in helping us implement the goals of open source NFV.”

More on the newest OPNFV members:

Array Networks is a global leader in application delivery networking with over 5,000 worldwide customer deployments. Array solutions are recognized by leading enterprise, service provider and public sector organizations for unmatched performance and total value of ownership.

“With the industry shifting toward SDN and NFV, it is evident that open source is the way to go to develop dynamic network environments,” said Michael Zhao, president and CEO of Array Networks. “We are pleased to collaborate with the industry and the open source community to contribute to the development of OPNFV.”

Midokura is a global company focused network virtualization. Founded in 2010, Midokura is the creator of MidoNet, a complete overlay network virtualization solution that integrates with cloud platforms such as OpenStack. The company’s vision is to provide network infrastructure to reduce physical network and management costs for its customers. Midokura has offices in the United States, Japan and Europe.

“Being proponents of open source and NFV, it is natural for us to contribute to OPNFV,” said Dan Dumitriu, co-founder and CEO of Midokura. “We are excited to join and lend our expertise in developing an open source NFV reference platform for the telecom industry.”

Ooredoo is a leading international communications company delivering mobile, fixed, broadband internet and corporate managed services across markets in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia. Ooredoo is guided by its vision of enriching people’s lives and its belief that it can stimulate human growth by leveraging communications to help people achieve their full potential.

“We recognize the transformational potential of OPNFV for telecommunications companies,” said Hernan Munoz, Group Chief Technology Officer, Ooredoo. “We are committed to helping accelerate this project as OPNFV will contribute to improve operational efficiencies and enable us to deliver new and faster services for our customers to enjoy.”

Sonus Networks, Inc. enables and secures real-time communications so the world’s leading service providers and enterprises can embrace the next generation of SIP and 4G/LTE solutions including VoIP, video, instant messaging and online collaboration. Sonus offers a complete portfolio of hardware-based and virtualized Session Border Controllers (SBCs), Diameter Signaling Controllers (DSCs), policy/routing servers and media and signaling gateways.

“Forward-looking customers are seeking the flexibility and capability of virtualization so they can simply and effectively deploy fully-featured security and intelligence features into their voice and video networks with the same high performance and reliability as hardware,” said David Tipping, vice president and general manager of Products, Sonus. “Sonus’ history is built on bridging technology transitions and we are privileged to contribute to the industry-led NFV reference platform through the OPNFV Project.”

The OPNFV community is currently working on the project’s first code release slated for 2015. Anyone can participate in the open source community, regardless of affiliation or location. Technology contributions, concepts or ideas can be shared here. Join the discussions, listen to the debates and contribute to the advancement of open source NFV.

About Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV)

Open Platform for NFV is a carrier-grade, integrated, open source reference 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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ZTE Corporation Joins the OPNFV Project as a Platinum Member

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Company commits to advancing a state-of-the-art open source NFV platform to expand its services portfolio

SAN FRANCISCO, November 18, 2014 — The OPNFV Project, a community-led industry supported open source reference platform for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), today announced that ZTE Corporation has joined as a Platinum member to advance open source NFV. ZTE Corporation joins the other Platinum members including AT&T, Brocade, China Mobile, Cisco, Dell, Ericsson, HP, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Juniper Networks, NEC, Nokia Networks, NTT DOCOMO, Red Hat, Telecom Italia and Vodafone.

OPNFV is an open source project focused on accelerating the evolution of NFV. OPNFV is establishing a carrier-grade, integrated, open source reference platform that industry peers will build together to advance the evolution of NFV and to ensure consistency, performance and interoperability among multiple open source components. It is expected to increase performance and power efficiency, improve reliability, availability and serviceability, and deliver comprehensive platform instrumentation.

ZTE Corporation is an active participant in developing software-defined networking (SDN) and NFV technologies. The company has collaborated on open source technical projects with many domestic and international operators and research institutions. ZTE has built several solutions based on these technologies to help operators meet the changing demands of customers and quickly implement new business models.

“The market is embracing SDN and NFV, which opens doors for many opportunities for the industry to innovate and provide new services much faster,” said Dr. Xianming Zhao, CTO, ZTE Corporation. “Industry-wide collaboration on an open NFV platform will allow us to address critical concerns upfront and build a common reference platform. This will establish an open ecosystem for NFV solutions based on open standards and open source software.”

“The advent of SDN and NFV has brought about the biggest shift in networking in the past 20 years,” said Margaret Chiosi, president, OPNFV. “To make the technologies successful, we need to collaborate to build a common foundation for the future of networks. We look forward to seeing ZTE take an active role in helping to make OPNFV and open source NFV successful.”

Dick Chen, principal architect of corporate CTO group, ZTE, will join OPNFV’s board of directors, and Jun Zhang, radio network architect, ZTE, will join OPNFV’s Technical Steering Committee. As part of its Platinum membership, ZTE is dedicating additional employee resources to OPNFV to help build the reference platform for NFV.

About Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV)

Open Platform for NFV is a carrier-grade, integrated, open source reference 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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Telecom Industry and Vendors Unite to Build Common Open Platform to Accelerate Network Functions Virtualization

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New NFV platform will accelerate cloud-based delivery models for operators, enable interoperability and accelerate standards through an open source reference implementation

SAN FRANCISCO, September 30, 2014 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, today announced the founding of the Open Platform for NFV Project (OPNFV). OPNFV will be a carrier-grade, integrated, open source reference platform intended to accelerate the introduction of new products and services.

Platinum-level founding members include AT&T, Brocade, China Mobile, Cisco, Dell, Ericsson, HP, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Juniper Networks, NEC, Nokia Networks, NTT DOCOMO, Red Hat, Telecom Italia and Vodafone. Silver-level founding members include 6WIND, Alcatel-Lucent, ARM, Broadcom, CableLabs, Cavium, CenturyLink, Ciena, Citrix, ClearPath Networks, ConteXtream, Coriant, Cyan, Dorado Software, Ixia, Metaswitch Networks, Mirantis, Ooredoo, Orange, Overture Networks, Sandvine, Sprint and Wind River.

“Open source code has been proven to accelerate innovation and time to market for new technologies,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “The Open Platform for NFV will bring together providers, cloud and infrastructure vendors, developers and users alike to define a new type of reference platform for the industry, integrating existing open source building blocks with new components and testing that accelerates development and deployment of NFV. We are excited to host this important industry initiative that will provide a common foundation for the future of networks.”

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) are part of the overall industry shift towards network and application virtualization. Together they are expected to dramatically change the networking landscape, allowing providers to deliver new services to their customers more quickly while significantly reducing both operating and capital expenditures. These technologies bring both cloud computing and Information Technology (IT) capabilities and benefits into the telecom industry, enabling new levels of flexibility and business growth opportunities for providers. Service provider applications have different demands than most IT applications, so an open platform integrating multiple open source components and ensuring continuous testing for carrier-grade service performance is essential to this transition.

OPNFV will establish a carrier-grade, integrated, open source reference platform that industry peers will build together to advance the evolution of NFV and ensure consistency, performance and interoperability among multiple open source components. Because multiple open source NFV building blocks already exist, OPNFV will work with upstream projects to coordinate continuous integration and testing while filling development gaps.

OPNFV is expected to increase performance and power efficiency; improve reliability, availability and serviceability; and deliver comprehensive platform instrumentation. The initial scope of OPNFV will be on building NFV infrastructure (NFVI) and Virtualized Infrastructure Management (VIM) leveraging existing open source components where possible.

The initial project objectives are to:

  • develop an integrated and tested open source platform that can be used to investigate and demonstrate core NFV functionality;
  • include proactive participation of leading end users to validate that OPNFV meets the needs of the end user community;
  • contribute to and participate in relevant open source projects that will be leveraged in the OPNFV reference platform;
  • establish an open ecosystem for NFV solutions based on open standards and open source software; and
  • promote OPNFV as the preferred open reference platform.

 

While not developing standards, OPNFV will work closely with ETSI’s NFV ISG, among others, to drive consistent implementation of standards for an open NFV reference platform. When open source software development is aligned with standards development, it can root out issues early, identify resolutions and become the de facto codebase, resulting in a far more economical approach to platform development.

OPNFV will license new components under the Apache License Version 2.0 and will work within the licensing requirements of upstream projects in order to contribute code back to these projects. A Board of Directors and Technical Steering Committee (TSC) will govern the initiative. The Board will be made up of representatives from member companies and will set the business direction and scope of the project. The TSC will also provide technical governance and leadership for the project.

Board officers for OPNFV include:

  • Prodip Sen, board chair (HP)
  • Margaret Chiosi, president (AT&T)
  • Wenjing Chu, secretary (Dell)
  • Hui Deng, treasurer (China Mobile)

 

OPNFV is a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project. Collaborative Projects are independently funded software projects that harness the power of collaborative development to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems. By spreading the collaborative DNA of the largest collaborative software development project in history, The Linux Foundation provides the essential collaborative and organizational framework so project hosts can focus on innovation and results. Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects span the enterprise, mobile, embedded and life sciences markets and are backed by many of the largest names in technology. For more information about Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects, please visit: http://collabprojects.linuxfoundation.org. To learn more about OPNFV and start contributing today, please visit: http://www.opnfv.org.

Comments from ETSI
Dr. Steven Wright (AT&T), the newly elected Chairman of the NFV ISG commented: “I congratulate the OPFNV founders on the formation of this new open source community supporting NFV. The NFV ISG’s mission is to facilitate the industry transformation and development of an open, interoperable, ecosystem through specification, implementation and deployment experience. The ISG recognizes the value of open source implementations to converge industry requirements and facilitate the development of the NFV ecosystem. I look forward to the future releases of the integrated open source infrastructure platform from OPNFV.”

Comments from OpenDaylight
“Open source is quickly becoming a de facto standard for cloud platforms (Openstack), SDN (OpenDaylight) and virtual switches (Open vSwitch) because it’s a neutral playing field that everyone can build on and integrate with. I see strong interest from carriers to leverage these open source projects for their NFV deployments and we look forward to collaborating with OPNFV as they work to stitch these technologies together,” said Neela Jacques, executive director, OpenDaylight Project.

Comments from OpenStack
“NFV will help carriers and enterprises deliver new and innovative services to their customers much more efficiently,” said Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director, OpenStack Foundation. “The OpenStack community has been working to address the massive opportunity NFV presents, and we look forward to collaborating with OPNFV to advance these critical infrastructure efforts through open source development.”

Comments from Open vSwitch
“The telecom industry is going through a major transition, led by the increased adoption of network virtualization to transform how service providers build and operate their networks,” said Justin Pettit, staff engineer, VMware, and project lead and a leading contributor for Open vSwitch. “This type of evolution requires broad collaboration among leading companies, developers and open source projects.”

Comments from Platinum-Level Members

AT&T
“As a member, AT&T hopes OPNFV will create an Open Platform with software and hardware to expedite NFV implementation. OPNFV is a unique organization that provides an ecosystem for users to work directly with the Open Source development community for an NFV platform,” said Margaret T. Chiosi, Distinguished Network Architect, AT&T Labs.

Brocade
“Operators are seeking new business models that facilitate the expansion of services and revenue streams, while lowering operational costs and complexity,” said Ken Cheng, chief technology officer (CTO) at Brocade. “As a founding member of OPNFV, Brocade will draw on its years of SDN and NFV development to collaborate with service providers and industry peers in order to accelerate the adoption of these transformational technologies.”

China Mobile
“We are happy to see many operators to work together to jointly develop NFV platform,” said Bill Huang, GM of China Mobile Research Institute. “We expect OPNFV to lead the open source development of next generation core network elements and application.”

Cisco
“It’s perfect timing for the emergence of an open platform and developer community in the networking industry to accelerate NFV, service chaining and cloud-based services,” said David Ward, Senior Vice President, Chief Architect, and Chief Technology Officer-Development, Cisco. “Our goal for the community is to drive successful co-development and co-innovation with our customers, partners and community of users. We will not only contribute running code and Cisco resources to the OPNFV community, we will utilize the efforts of OPNFV internally to accelerate our ability to bring innovative, interoperable solutions to market. This consortium creates what developers, providers, enterprises and vendors need – a common platform for NFV innovation acceleration.”

Dell
“OPNFV will allow service providers access to the latest technologies and innovations for cloud-based service delivery,” said Arpit Joshipura, vice president, Dell Networking. “We’re dedicated to OPNFV’s mission and proud to participate as a founding Platinum member in this important initiative.”

Ericsson
“There are important standards in place for SDN and NFV, as well as a variety of open source components. OPNFV will bring these elements together to create an open NFV platform for users and advance new products and services. We will work with our customers, our partners and everyone involved in the OPNFV project to deliver openness and superior performance in the Networked Society,” said Erik Ekudden, VP Technology Strategies, Ericsson.

HP
“With OPNFV, we are attempting to create a new approach to networking standardization,” said Prodip Sen, CTO, NFV Business Unit, HP. “Rather than relying on an extended standardization process followed by implementation, we are pursuing an iterative model, with an open source framework serving as the standardization mechanism. The shared implementation experience of users and vendors should foster interoperability and accelerate adoption and deployment of NFV. Our expertise in SDN and NFV, and our participation in other open source projects, will help us contribute significantly to this effort.”

IBM
“The networking industry is undergoing a major transformation, one in which software-defined networks and network function virtualization are opening up new opportunities for users and vendors alike,” said Inder Gopal, VP, Cloud Networking, IBM. “As a founding member of OPNFV, we look forward to working with other members to bring an industry ecosystem together that will accelerate this industry transformation.”

Huawei
“Huawei envisions that Network Function Virtualization (NFV) has the potential to enable the network of the future to be much more nimble, flexible, and scalable,” said Dr. Anthony C.K. Soong, IEEE Fellow and Chief Scientist from Huawei. “We look forward to building a healthy ecosystem and better explore the future together with our peers. As an enabler of this virtualization, OPNFV will become an important corner stone in the ICT industry. It will increase the rate of innovation, equip the industry for novel business models, and speed up the development of the ecosystem that will enrich our lives.”

Intel
“The continued momentum towards adopting server, cloud and virtualization technologies in service provider networks will bring many benefits including lower operating costs and faster deployment of new services. OPNFV will accelerate NFV and SDN solutions in the market that are interoperable and scalable and Intel is looking forward to contributing to this important project,” said Sandra Rivera, Senior Director of Market Development, Intel Corporation.

Juniper Networks
“The time is right for OPNFV, as it brings the industry together to build a common platform to drive consistency and adoption of new technologies in order to enable faster service creation. This will not only create very real opportunities for vendors and service providers, but ultimately yield greater benefits to end customers,” said Paul Obsitnik, vice president, Service Provider Marketing at Juniper Networks. “Our commitment to open standards is in our DNA and is the foundation for co-creation and driving innovation. We look forward to achieving breakthrough results with our industry peers.”

NEC
NEC has long prioritized open source and collaborative development for ICT platforms to enable the introduction of innovative new services at higher speed and lower cost,” said Atsuo Kawamura, Senior Vice President, NEC. “NEC will drive OPNFV to develop a common platform for best-of-breed, multivendor NFV applications, integrated by advanced orchestration solutions, to enable operators’ profitable growth. NEC’s carrier solutions will adopt OPNFV to offer market leading NFV applications and services.”

Nokia Networks
“With OPNFV we are building the foundation for agility and flexibility in NFV and SDN solutions,” says Henri Tervonen, Head of Mobile Broadband Architecture, Nokia Networks. “We are committed to being hardware and cloud stack agnostic, and OPNFV is a part of delivering on that commitment.”

NTT DOCOMO
“OPNFV is an unique initiative which brings all these elements together, where Operators, Service Providers, Vendors and the Open Source community join hands together to deliver an open reference platform for NFV,” said Dr. Hiroshi Nakamura, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Core Network Development Department, NTT DOCOMO, Inc. “DOCOMO has been at the forefront of faster service rollout and cutting-edge network platform deployment. DOCOMO will lead the OPNFV to create the foundation of emerging NFV ecosystem across industries.”

Red Hat
“Red Hat understands the value of open source software and collaboration and is prioritizing innovation to enable the next-generation of cloud-based services,” said Chris Wright, Technical Director, SDN and NFV, Red Hat. “We’re pleased to join the OPNFV Project to help move forward the needed standards and code to enable service providers to offer a new level of services on their networks.”

Telecom Italia
“OPNFV will provide a needed platform for integration and testing of key NFV features for operators,” said Luigi Licciardi, head of standards, IPR and Research Coordination, Telecom Italia. “We’re excite to be able to actively participate and contribute to this important work that will benefit the industry overall.”

Vodafone
“It’s important to Vodafone to advance the state-of-the-art of telecommunications networks,” said Luke Ibbetson, Group R&D Director, Vodafone. “OPNFV gives us a vehicle to do just that.”

About Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV)
Open Platform for NFV is a carrier-grade, integrated, open source reference 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.

About The Linux Foundation
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