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OPNFV Verification Program to Simplify Commercial NFV Adoption

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

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

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

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

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

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

More information about OVP is available at https://www.opnfv.org/verified.

Quotes from OVP Verified Organizations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Linux Foundation Introduces Open Source Networking Days to Foster Local Collaboration

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With the support of open source networking community members and users, The Linux Foundation brings day-long open networking events to sites across the globe

San Francisco—October 2, 2017—The Linux Foundation today announced Open Source Networking Days (OSN Days), a series of free regional events hosted and organized by local open source networking communities and The Linux Foundation members and projects including ONAP, OPNFV, OpenDaylight, DPDK, FD.io, PNDA, and more. Designed to foster innovation across the entire open source networking ecosystem, the inaugural OSN Days will take place in Paris, Milan, Stockholm, London, Tel Aviv, and Japan from October 9-19.

“We are pleased to be working with industry-leading partners — from developers to service providers to vendors — to collaboratively create solutions to accelerate open network transformation,” said Arpit Joshipura, General Manager, Networking and Orchestration, The Linux Foundation. “OSN Days create a wonderful opportunity for both network users and developers to learn how various open source initiatives fit together to advance and change the face of network orchestration and solutions.”

Each free day-long event will begin with a plenary session presented by site hosts and speakers from The Linux Foundation on the state of the industry and how projects across the open networking stack integrate. Additionally, the events will feature technical sessions, tutorials, demonstrations, and workshops presented by community experts on the state of the industry and business opportunities enabled by network transformation such as 5G and IoT. Attendee participation and collaboration will be encouraged, with the goal of deepening knowledge of open source networking and setting the stage for continued collaboration in each region.

OSN Days are made possible by the generous support of our site hosts and sponsors, including: Amdocs, Atos, Cloudify, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia, Orange, Red Hat, SUSE, and Vodafone. More information, including registration and site-specific details, is available here: https://sites.google.com/linuxfoundation.org/osndays/home and here: https://www.linuxfoundation.org/audience/introducing-linux-foundations-open-source-networking-days/.

Supporting Quotes From Site Hosts
Ericsson (Stockholm)
Mats Karlsson, Head of portfolio & architecture, digital services, at Ericsson says: “Ericsson is strongly promoting several open source initiatives in the Orchestration, SDN, NFV, and Cloud technology areas, thus accelerating innovation and industry adoption of new technologies as part of our overall vision for 5G. As part of Ericsson’s collaboration and deep involvement in many open source projects such as ONAP, OPNFV, ODL, and FD.io, we are organizing and hosting the Open Source Networking Days in Stockholm so that we can bring this event closer to Scandinavian and European operators, partners, and communities.”

Huawei & Vodafone (London) 
Nermin Mohamed, VP, Solutions and Marketing: “Huawei has been involved in open source for many years, and we are utilizing open source components in our commercial products. We are very active in manyopen source projects, in many communities, including OCP,  OpenStack, Fd.io, ONOS, ODLOPNFV and ONAP. We contribute to open source architectures, use cases, Integration, strategy, and code. And we determine how best to engage with the communities in order to jointly and quickly develop solutions and drive innovations.

Vodafone and Huawei are Pleased to support Linux Foundation’s Open Source Networking Days and host the event in London on October 16th, 2017. We are hoping to share ideas, create solution and have good conversation to drive innovations as we evolve to include on-demand deployment, flexible orchestration, and maximal usage of the resources.”

Orange (Paris)
“Orange places a great deal of trust in open source as it is an environment where operators and manufacturers innovate and even develop together,” said Emmanuel Lugagne Delpon, senior vice president, Orange Labs Networks. “Open source communities enable quick and sustainable innovation, while  also securing future interoperability of these new virtualized networks architectures.”

SUSE (Milan)
“It is a great pleasure for SUSE to support The Linux Foundation’s newly launched Open Source Networking Days,” said Alan Clark, CTO Office, Directing Industry Initiatives, Emerging Standards and Open Source at SUSE and OpenStack Board Chair. “This event offers an ideal communication platform for developers and those interested in learning more about open source innovation. With open source projects such as OpenStack or OPNFV, which are at the core of digital transformation, this event is definitely a highlight.”

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

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2016 in Reflection: A Year of Transitions & Beginnings

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prodip-panelA Message from the Board of Directors’ Chair

By Prodip Sen

As we begin 2017, OPNFV is now in its third year of existence. Where we are as a community is evident in the various metrics we use, to observe our health and progress. There are 294 code developers working on 50 approved projects including six automated testing projects; member companies host 16 operational OPNFV labs; and we have completed our third software release—Colorado. There are many other statistics we can look at—but I think these are enough to show that OPNFV is a healthy, productive and useful community that is here to stay.

2016 has been a year of transitions and beginnings.

From a strategic perspective, we have tried to ensure that the activities of OPNFV are aligned with the interests of the member companies, and more importantly the ultimate end users of what we produce—network operators, service providers and enterprise users. But we have done this in a way that preserves the true open source nature of our organization. The strategic planning activities in the OPNFV Board led to the creation of an open Working Group (Polestar), which concentrates on connecting end user requirements to the technical activities of OPNFV, on helping coordinate activities across OPNFV projects to support end-to-end use cases, and on helping upstream communities like OpenStack understand NFV requirements and needs.

The Board has also created an End User Advisory Group, formed by users who operate and deploy large telecommunications and enterprise networks from both member and non-member companies to help provide guidance and requirements. From a governance perspective, the Board and TSC have worked together to expand merit- and community-based participation in the TSC resulting in 5 new Committer-at-Large TSC members, furthering progress toward becoming a meritocracy-based organization.

That we have our fingers on the pulse of our industry is evident in how our community has responded naturally to industry calls for addressing service and operational issues. The Board expanded the scope of OPNFV, from its initial defined scope of the NFVI and the VIM—and the technical community responded by creating projects and working groups in the areas of MANO, testing, security and performance. Our experience in actually integrating software from several open source projects, conducting extensive testing, and creating our ONFV software releases has shown us that the NFV ecosystem needs more than just a reference platform; it also needs a set of tools and processes with which to use it. So we have clarified our goals to reflect that we develop both integrated software for NFV systems and a methodology for NFV.

When I look back at 2016, I can clearly see that this was the year that we began to mature as a community and an organization, and all aspects of our activities have contributed to this. I am looking forward to 2017 as the year where we capitalize on this maturity and accelerate the deployment and implementation of NFV in service provider networks, and support network transformation into the cloud.

The 2016 OPNFV Year In Review Report is now published and I encourage you to read the full report.

Prodip Sen
Chairman of the Board, OPNFV
CTO NFV
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