The OPNFV community plans its second release, Brahmaputra, for February, with the goal of providing "lab-ready" code on which network operators can begin to test virtual network functions (VNFs).
The Open Platform for NFV Project Inc. community has already developed a version of the latest NFV infrastructure (NFVi) release that is API- and feature-complete, Chris Price, a member of the steering committees of the OPNFV and OpenDaylight projects, said in a post on the OPNFV blog Wednesday
Brahmaputra will include more projects than its predecessor, Arno, said Price, who leads open source industry collaboration for Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) in NFV, cloud and SDN from the CTO's office in Sweden. While Arno featured five participating projects, Brahmaputra will have more than 40. The software will support additional SDN controllers, including ONOSFW and OpenContrail, in addition to Arno's OpenDaylight. And the OPNFV platform will support additional installers, ARM-based servers, and a broadened community lab infrastructure.
The initial version of OPNFV, Arno, released this year, was developer-focused, to allow developers to get familiar with the code, OPNFV director Heather Kirksey tells Light Reading. The initial Arno release required a six-blade high availability bare metal server -- not exactly something portable that a developer could take to a coffee shop. The next Arno release, in September, ran on nested environments, including laptops.
The end result for OPNFV will be a version that vendors and network operators can harden and commercialize, Kirksey says. She hopes to see that begin with pilots after the C version of OPNFV is released in the second half of 2016.
OPNFV releases take their names from world rivers, in English-language alphabetical order. The community hasn't yet picked a name for the C version; that process will begin when Brahmaputra ships, Kirksey says.