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OPNFV Issues Third Software Release

SAN FRANCISCO – The OPNFV Project, an open source project 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 OPNFV Colorado, the project’s third platform release. Built on a strong underlying foundation, Colorado includes critical advances that lay the foundation for NFV applications and services through key feature enhancements across security, IPv6, Service Function Chaining (SFC), testing, VPN capabilities, and support for multiple hardware architectures.

“Colorado represents a more refined version of the platform for the industry,” said Heather Kirksey, director, OPNFV. “The OPNFV community, in close collaboration with our upstream communities, has done an amazing job of shoring up key capabilities most important to the platform growth and maturity.”

Key enhancements available in OPNFV Colorado include:

  • Core feature upgrades. These improvements come via focused collaboration with upstream communities and are centered on improving foundational support for NFV applications and services. All feature enhancements are integrated into the automated install/deploy/testing framework.

    • Enhanced security by earning the Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) Badge for best practices in open source development; additionally, the Moon project has been prototyping identity federation and management for OpenStack and OpenDaylight.
    • SFC now runs across multiple nodes, includes installer support for VNF Manager (Tacker) installation and support for enhanced cloud scenarios.
    • Improved IPv6 support includes IPv6-only deployments, full underlay and overlay support and integration with additional install tools.
    • The SDN VPN project now enables full Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN support including BGP peering.
    • Full support for multiple hardware architectures, including both ARM and x86 architectures.

  • Enhanced testing capabilities. Colorado includes a greater integration across testing projects with additional feature testing capabilities, and increased automation.
  • Infrastructure and testing environment advancements. The Pharos test lab project continues to be a key element of OPNFV release development and validation. Colorado brings improved governance, consistency, availability, and quality to the labs, increasing efficiency and create the groundwork for a robust Lab as a Service program. See the full list of labs participating in Colorado here, including which labs were used to validate which scenarios. (Please visit here for a full list of all Pharos labs, indicating active labs, their resources, and current state.)
  • Community Collaboration Expands and Grows. Improved cross-project collaboration via working groups focused on Management and Operation (MANO), Infrastructure, Security, and Testing. Five elected Committers-At-Large members have been elected to the TSC to enhance the meritocratic nature of the project. The project also continues to invest in relationships with key upstream communities such as OpenStack, OpenDaylight, ONOS, OpenContrail, FD.io, OVS, Open-O, OpenBaton, KVM, DPDK, ODP, and Linux. Additionally, OPNFV launched its intern program during the Colorado release timeframe, already providing valuable contributions across work on the Pharos Labs, VNF on-boarding and CINDR performance testing.

“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 next plugfest following the Colorado release,” said Chris Price, chair of technical steering committee, OPNFV and Open Source Manager for SDN, Cloud & NFV, 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 advance open source NFV.”

In addition to enhanced features and capabilities of the platform, the third OPNFV release has taught the community even more about navigating through the challenges of massive network transformation. This will be crucial in moving past the initial groundwork and into ease of deployment and end-user engagement as the platform continues to mature. Colorado sets the stage for significant growth in the MANO area including work on VNF on-boarding, increased CI/CD integration with upstream communities and even more continued platform improvements that will further accelerate the transformation of enterprise and service provider networks.

Open Platform for NFV Project Inc.

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