SAN FRANCISCO -- 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.”
More on the newest OPNFV members, listed in alphabetical order:
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.”