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OPNFV Colorado platform bolsters open source NFV efforts

The Linux Foundation’s Open Platform for NFV project claims its third platform release targets accelerating development of NFV apps and services

The telecom market’s continued move towards integrating network functions virtualization received a boost as the Linux Foundation’s Open Platform for NFV project released its latest Colorado platform release, the third from the open source-based organization.

OPNFV said Colorado includes updates targeted at accelerating the development of NFV applications and services by enhancing security, IPv6 support, service function chaining, testing VPN capabilities and support for multiple hardware architectures. The organization noted the updates followed collaboration with upstream communities and are integrated into the “automated install/deploy/testing framework.”

The Colorado release also maintains OPNFV’s river-based naming scheme, following the initial Arno release from last year, and the Brahmaputra release from earlier this year.

Specifics of the Colorado updates include the platform’s security efforts earning the Core Infrastructure Initiative Badge for best practices in open source development; the ability for service function chaining to run across multiple nodes, inclusion of installer support for VNF Manager installation and support for “enhanced” cloud scenarios; support for IPv6-only deployments, and underlay and overlay support and integration with additional install tools; the SDN VPN project now enabling full Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN support; and multiple hardware architecture support, including ARM and x86 architectures.

OPNFV also highlighted increased collaboration across ecosystems via working groups focused on management and operation; infrastructure; security and testing, with five “committers-at-large” members elected to the OPNFV Technical Steering Committee “to enhance the meritocratic nature of the project.”

“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, and OPNFV and open source manager for SDN, cloud and NFV at 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.”

RCR Wireless News recently spoke with Kirksey as part of the NFV/SDN Reality Check video show to get an update on its work in the open-source NFV market and trends coming out of its OPNFV World event.

Colorado builds on Brahmaputra, which the organization said tapped code from various upstream communities, including OpenStack, OpenDaylight, OpenContrail, Open Network Lab’s Open Network Operating System project and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute. OPNFV was founded in late 2014, with founding members including the likes of AT&T, China Mobile, Cisco, NTT DoCoMo and Vodafone.

OPNFV recently formed its End User Advisory Group tasked with providing technical guidance to the OPNFV developer community working to bring NFV platforms to the telecom space. The advisory group includes representation from AT&T, British Telecom, CableLabs, China Mobile, China Unicom, Cox Communications, Deutsche Telekom, Fidelity Investments, Liberty Global, KDDI, Orange, SK Telecom, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telia Company and Vodafone Group.

Fellow Linux Foundation organization OpenDaylight last week unveiled its fifth platform release under the Boron tag, touting enhancements to cloud and NFV use-case capabilities, performance and tooling designed to ease management of use cases.

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