Showing posts with label OPNFV. Show all posts
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Netronome enhances Agilio SmartNIC for OPNFV Danube

Netronome, a provider of intelligent networking solutions, has announced support for the latest OPNFV software release, OPNFV Danube, and integration into its Agilio SmartNIC platform, which is claimed to improve networking performance by up to 4x and to reduce CPU consumption by over 5x.

Netronome noted that at the OPNFV Summit in Beijing, Open-NFP.org is hosting the OPNFV Data Plane and VNF Acceleration Mini-Summit, which will feature technical sessions focused on acceleration of VNFs within the framework of OPNFV Danube-supported data planes such as Open vSwitch (OVS) and the Fast Data project (FD.io). Participants in the sessions include China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI), Guangzhou Research Institute at China Telecom, OPNFV, Open-NFP, SK Telecom, Spirent Communications and ZTE.

Netronome explained that designers and operators of cloud and telco data centre networks recognise the need for server acceleration and offload to realise the TCO benefits of NFV. SmartNICs can play a key role in efficiently delivering acceleration, while acceleration and offload of portions of VNF functions can offer further cost benefits.

During the OPNFV Data Plane and VNF Acceleration Mini-Summit, OPNFV community members are proposing an open framework and API to cover NFVi and VNF acceleration designed to promote broad cooperation and collaboration in the industry. The minis-summit is hosted by Open-NFP.org, a global, community-driven organisation that seeks to enable open, collaborative development in the area of data plane acceleration for network functions processing in server networking.

Open-NFP hosts 40-plus open projects and comprises over 100 developers, including service providers, OEMs, research institutions and academia. The portal also offers developers support via a P4- and C-based data plane software development environment and open source code related to Netronome Agilio SmartNICs.

Sessions to held during the event will cover areas including:

1.         NFVi acceleration models and offload architectures for OVS and VPP data planes using SmartNICs.

2.         VNF acceleration models and offload architectures for NFV using SmartNICs.

3.         An open API model for enabling NFVi and VNF acceleration, including the use of sandbox functions based on the P4 and/or C programming languages.

4.         A proposal for developing and testing VNF acceleration under the umbrella of the OPNFV Pharos Labs initiative, leveraging resources and support from the Open-NFP community.

Regarding the demonstration, Nick Tausanovitch, VP of solution architecture at Netronome, said:

-           "Enhancements to OVS-DPDK and introduction of new data plane technologies such as FD.io improve networking performance, however, these technologies rely on x86 compute cycles for networking functions, bringing down server efficiency while starving VNFs of bandwidth and reducing the CPU cycles available".


-           "The Agilio SmartNIC platform from Netronome, integrated with the OPNFV Danube software platform release, relieves such bottlenecks, enabling service providers to deliver new 4G and 5G services faster and more economically".



  • At Mobile World Congress in February, Netronome announced that its flagship Agilio CX SmartNIC platform has been integrated into a range of NFVi solutions from OEMs, including Juniper Networks, Mirantis and Nuage Networks (Nokia) to help telcos prepare their data centre infrastructure for the growth in data and new services.
  • Netronome also announced that Ericsson had added support for the Agilio CX SmartNIC platform within its NFVi solution to enable offload and accelerated datapath processing and to keep virtual machines (VMs) and VNFs hardware independent for rapid onboarding.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Status Report for OPNFV - the Blue Danube Release



Heather Kirksey provides a status update on OPNFV as the project makes its fourth major release -- Danube.

See video: https://youtu.be/5pLlP6KBgDc


Thursday, August 18, 2016

OPNFV Announces Advisory Group

The OPNFV Project has formed an End User Advisory Group (EUAG) consisting of end-user organizations from both OPNFV members and nonmembers to provide technical guidance to the OPNFV developer community.

Founding members include:


  • AT&T’s Toby Ford, assistant vice president of Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Architecture and Strategy; Bryan Sullivan, director of Open Source Strategy; and Steven Wright, lead member of Technical Staff
  • British Telecom’s Milind Bhagwat, enterprise architect and technology strategy lead
  • CableLabs’ Don Clarke, principal network architect; Randy Levensalor, lead software architect; and Tetsuya Nakamura, principal systems architect
  • China Mobile’s Lingli Deng, project manager
  • China Unicom’s Chuan Jia and Junjie Tong from the Network Technology Research Institute of China Unicom, Department of Network Technology Research
  • Cox Communications’ Guy Meador, senior strategic architect; and Jeff Finkelstein, executive director of Advanced Access Architecture
  • Deutsche Telekom’s Herbert Damker, senior expert, Group Technology
  • Fidelity Investment’s Carlos Matos, director of global network architecture
  • Liberty Global’s Uzari Firoze, manager, Business-to-Business Network Design
  • KDDI’s Hajime Miyamoto, senior engineer and Kenichi Ogaki, assistant manager
  • KDDI Lab’s Masanori Miyazawa, research manager
  • Orange's Morgan Richomme, NFV architect
  • SK Telecom’s Jong Han Park, head of 5G Tech Lab, Network Technology R&D Center
  • Sprint’s Serge Manning, senior technology strategist, Global Standards
  • Telecom Italia’s Cecilia Corbi, standardization manager
  • Telefonica’s Diego Lopez, senior technology expert  
  • Telia Company’s Johan Gustawsson, network architect, SDN and NFV
  • Vodafone Group’s David Amzallag, group head of Network Virtualization, SDN and NFV; and Kodi Atuchukwu, network virtualisation architect, Vodafone Ocean

“The formation of the OPNFV EUAG will harness the knowledge and expertise of those responsible for actually running real-world networks as they deploy and scale,” said Heather Kirksey, director, OPNFV. “Feedback from the ecosystem using and deploying NFV is crucial to the future direction of OPNFV. Engaging these pioneers will help us address the most pressing pain points for the industry and build a platform with broad applicability.”

http://www.opnfv.org

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

HPE Joins OPNFV Pharos Community Test Labs Project

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has joined the Linux Foundation’s OPNFV Pharos Project to help advance the evolution of network functions virtualization (NFV) and ensure consistency and interoperability for the HPE OpenNFV partner ecosystem. The Pharos project is a federated NFV testing infrastructure of community labs around the world designed for hosting continuous integration, deployment and testing of the OPNFV platform. The diversity of perspectives across developers, users and vendors participating in these labs make the project critical to the success of the OPNFV platform.

In addition, HPE will institute processes to verify that its more than 75 HPE OpenNFV partners have OPNFV compliant solutions. This will allow HPE OpenNFV partners to confirm they can run on the OPNFV platform and ensure OPNFV compatibility across environments and vendors, reinforcing HPE’s open, multi-vendor approach to NFV. Communications service providers (CSPs) will then then be able to connect with OPNFV-certified virtual network functions (VNF) partners through the HPE OpenNFV Solution Portal.

“Our involvement in OPNFV Pharos Labs and our plan to integrate HPE and OPNFV’s onboarding processes are evidence of HPE’s commitment to open source and demonstrate how HPE OpenNFV and OPNFV are complementary efforts to accelerate NFV deployments,” said Prodip Sen, CTO, NFV, HPE and board chair, OPNFV. “Now that we are part of a broader NFV testing environment, we will be able to exchange our experience and learnings with the industry and will be able to improve NFV implementation and interoperability in a consistent way.”

http://www.hpe.com/us/en/networking/nfv.html

Cloudify Offers Open Source NFV MANO

GigaSpaces Technologies announced that a Telecom Edition of its Cloudify platform will be ready for production in early July.

The Cloudify Telecom Edition, which is tailored to the needs of NFV operators, offers NFV-specific plugins as well as blueprints showcasing VNFs and SFC (Service Function Chaining), including:

  • Netconf plugin
  • Clearwater vIMS blueprints and plugins
  • F5 BigIP plugin
  • Network service management
  • TOSCA/YANG data modeling interoperability
  • VNF updates for running VNFs and services
  • NIC ordering
  • Support for Cloud Native services through Kubernetes plugin
  • Multi-VIM - Now fully open source vCloud and vSphere plugins, alongside OpenStack native support
  • Overlay Service Chaining
  • Enhanced Platform Awareness coupled with Data Plane Acceleration through integration with Intel
  • Drag and drop Cloudify Composer with VNF-specific components
  • Native integration with ARIA
  • Support installation within environments with no internet access

The Cloudify Telecom Edition, based on the telecom-friendly TOSCA standard, will be delivered with the ARIA TOSCA Orchestration Engine at its core, an open source and open governance embeddable reference implementation of TOSCA targeted for NFV users.

The Cloudify platform is on display at the Cloudify community booth at this week's OPNFV Summit in Berlin.


Monday, January 4, 2016

Blueprint: 2016 is the Year SDN Finds its Home, and its Name is NFV

by Peter Margaris, Head of Service Provider Product Marketing at F5 Networks

For the past few years, the testing and adoption of Software Defined Networking (SDN) has progressed incrementally. While at the same time, Service Providers (SPs) have made measurable progress towards the commercialization of network functions virtualization (NFV). SDN and NFV have been viewed as separate, but complimentary initiatives, but SPs are coupling these initiatives with the goal of transforming their entire networks. They are accelerating the adoption of NFV and SDN because of the speed in which they must adapt to the next generations of advanced devices, and due to the pressure to offer new and differentiated consumer and enterprise services. While there was significant progress in 2015, the continued evolution of industry standards and APIs, as well as the successful commercialization of multiple NFV use cases, will lead to Service Providers expanding their the SDN and NFV initiatives significantly in 2016.

Continued Evolution of Industry Standards and APIs 

The evolution of standards and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) among vendors in 2016 will be critical for SPs to drive forward their network transformations. Previously, the lack of standardization and integration among architecture components slowed the adoption of both SDN and NFV. There is no doubt that SPs are committed to SDN and NFV. This is evidenced by the trials, PoCs, and standards coalescing around the commercialization of L4-L7 service offerings. In the past 12 months, the community of vendors and operators have made great strides on this front. In particular, the collaborative efforts governed by OPNFV (the Open Platform for NFV) along with ETSI NFV have accelerated the evolution of the NFV reference platform.

Also in 2015, we’ve seen greater collaboration between the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) for SDN standards, and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) for NFV standards. The result is that SPs are incorporating SDN architectures alongside specific NFV use cases in both trials and commercial deployments. The ETSI PoC #38 is an example in which multiple vendors collaborated with Australian service provider, Telstra, to produce the ETSI-certified proof-of-concept around delivering customer premise equipment (CPE) to enterprise customers from the cloud. This is also referred to as virtual CPE (vCPE) services.1 Service providers are now in better position to take advantage of the real gains that have been made, and the continued and evolving network transformation in 2016 will certainly provide a continued business transformation as well.

Entrance into New Markets

Opportunities for SPs to commercialize SDN/NFV architectures will expand in 2016 as more L4-L7 services are deployed with high-level NFV orchestration systems and SDN infrastructures. Because NFV enables them to deliver L4-L7 services on-demand through an automated and policy-driven process, markets that otherwise were not accessible will open to SPs. NFV Networks can flex on-demand to incorporate a wider range of virtual network functions (VNFs) into their architectures. SPs will look to expand their use of VNFs with rich sets of APIs that are more easily deployable to support different use case scenarios, customizable service chains for customers, and efficient delivery of network services.

This is still only the early stages of a long migration that ultimately will enable service providers to transform their networks and their businesses with the flexibility and agility that only these new network architectures can deliver.

About the Author

As Head of Service Provider Product Marketing at F5 Networks, Peter Margaris is responsible for the company’s overall solution messaging, positioning and market strategy directed at F5’s service provider business segment. With a diverse background and over 25 years of experience in telecommunications and mobile technologies, he has held business leadership roles at Motorola, Nokia, and Alcatel-Lucent, as well as wireless start-up companies in Silicon Valley.
Reference:
1 HP Press Release regarding ETSI PoC #38:

ETSI Web Site:    NFV ISG Proof of Concept #38:
http://nfvwiki.etsi.org/index.php?title=Full_ISO_7-layer_stack_fulfilment,_activation_and_orchestration_of_VNFs_in_carrier_networks

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Open networking is driven by sound economics says Cliff Young

Open networking is driven by sound economics, says ClearPath Networks' Cliff Young.

To head off the over-the-top challenge, network operators need solutions that are much more interoperable, much more flexible and much more software-defined.

Clearpath is excited about OPNFV as the common platform for service providers. Virtual CPE offers the potential to extend network functions directly to the customer.

http://open.convergedigest.com/2015/06/open-networking-is-driven-by-sound.html

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Launching Open.ConvergeDigest.com -- An Open Networking Showcase

by James E. Carroll

We're pleased to announce the launch of our mini-website on Open Networking.

This sub-domain of the Converge! Digest site showcases top ideas and technology demonstrations related to SDN, NFV, Open Stack, Open Daylight, Open Flow, ONOS, OPNFV, Open vSwitch, Open Computer and other open source efforts aimed at making networking more agile, programmable, scalable and lower cost.

Our series kicks off with short videos from top insiders sharing their views on how Open Networking initiatives are changing the course of the industry:





Got an idea for this series?  Please contact Jim Carroll 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

OPNFV Community Delivers Arno, its First Release

The OPNFV Project, which is the community based effort sponsored by the Linux Foundation to develop an open source platform to accelerate the introduction of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), announced the availability of OPNFV Arno, its first software release.

Arno provides an initial build of the NFV Infrastructure (NFVI) and Virtual Infrastructure Manager (VIM) components of ETSI NFV architecture.

Key capabilities of OPNFV Arno:

Availability of baseline platform: Arno enables continuous integration, automated deployment and testing of components from upstream projects such as Ceph, KVM, OpenDaylight, OpenStack and Open vSwitch. It allows developers and users to automatically install and explore the platform.

Ability to deploy and test various VNFs: End users and developers can deploy their own or third party VNFs on Arno to test its functionality and performance in various traffic scenarios and use cases.

Availability of test infrastructure in community-hosted labs: Agile testing plays a crucial role in the OPNFV platform. With Arno, the project is unveiling a community test labs infrastructure where users can test the platform in different environments and on different hardware. This test labs infrastructure enables the platform to be exercised in different NFV scenarios to ensure that the various open source components come together to meet vendor and end user needs.

Allows automatic continuous integration of specific components: As upstream projects are developed independently they require testing of various OPNFV use cases to ensure seamless integration and interworking within the platform. OPNFV’s automated toolchain allows continuous automatic builds and verification.

“Only eight months after its formation, OPNFV has met one of its major goals by creating an integrated build, deployment and testing environment that accelerates NFV implementation and interoperability,” said Prodip Sen, chairman of the OPNFV board of directors. “With Arno, we now have a solid foundation for testing some of the key resource orchestration and network control components for NFV. This is great a testament to the power of an open source collaborative model and the strength of the NFV ecosystem.”

“NFV has gone from idea to reality so quickly. I am hearing from every major operator their plans to deploy SDN and NFV and see the OPNFV project as playing a critical role in this vision becoming a reality. It's great to see the OPNFV community has chosen OpenDaylight as a key component of their project and the Arno release,” said Neela Jacques, executive director, OpenDaylight.

“Delivering Arno in a short amount of time shows the potential of open source collaboration,” said Jonathan Bryce, executive director, OpenStack Foundation. “The OpenStack community looks forward to working closely with OPNFV and accelerating the evolution of NFV.”

“We are very happy to see the adoption of components of ETSI NFV architecture in Arno. This is a major milestone for OPNFV and the NFV ecosystem in building the integrated open source NFV platform. We congratulate the community and are looking forward to future releases,” said Dr. Steven Wright (AT&T), chairman of ETSI NFV ISG.

https://www.opnfv.org/arno


Monday, November 3, 2014

Video: Why OPNFV?

Why OPNFV? Prodip Sen, CTO for Network Functions Virtualization at HP and Reino Tammela, Head of Nokia's Technology Center in Espoo, discuss the reasons for a new industry initiative outside of ETSI's ISG for NFV.

The new project aims to accelerate deployments. The jump-start does not aim to replace on-going standards development but to take a pragmatic approach to market demands.

http://youtu.be/XoOPhcSr4Z0





At the end of September, The Linux Foundation launched the Open Platform for NFV Project (OPNFV) with the goal of accelerating the commercial introduction of NFV products and services.

OPNFV will establish a carrier-grade, integrated, open source reference platform that industry peers will build together to advance the evolution of NFV and ensure consistency, performance and interoperability among multiple open source components. Because multiple open source NFV building blocks already exist, OPNFV will work with upstream projects to coordinate continuous integration and testing while filling development gaps.

The initial project objectives are to:
  • develop an integrated and tested open source platform that can be used to investigate and demonstrate core NFV functionality;
  • include proactive participation of leading end users to validate that OPNFV meets the needs of the end user community;
  • contribute to and participate in relevant open source projects that will be leveraged in the OPNFV reference platform;
  • establish an open ecosystem for NFV solutions based on open standards and open source software; and
  • promote OPNFV as the preferred open reference platform.
While not developing standards, OPNFV will work closely with ETSI’s NFV ISG, among others, to drive consistent implementation of standards for an open NFV reference platform. When open source software development is aligned with standards development, it can root out issues early, identify resolutions and become the de facto codebase, resulting in a far more economical approach to platform development.

OPNFV will license new components under the Apache License Version 2.0 and will work within the licensing requirements of upstream projects in order to contribute code back to these projects. A Board of Directors and Technical Steering Committee (TSC) will govern the initiative. The Board will be made up of representatives from member companies and will set the business direction and scope of the project. The TSC will also provide technical governance and leadership for the project.

Board officers for OPNFV include:

  • Prodip Sen, board chair  (HP)
  • Margaret Chiosi, president (AT&T)
  • Wenjing Chu, secretary (Dell)
  • Hui Deng, treasurer (China Mobile)
Platinum founding members of IPNFV include AT&T, Brocade, China Mobile, Cisco, Dell, Ericsson, HP, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Juniper Networks, NEC, Nokia Networks, NTT DOCOMO, Red Hat, Telecom Italia and Vodafone. Silver-level founding members include 6WIND, Alcatel-Lucent, ARM, Broadcom, CableLabs, Cavium, CenturyLink, Ciena, Citrix, ClearPath Networks, ConteXtream, Coriant, Cyan, Dorado Software, Ixia, Metaswitch Networks, Mirantis, Orange, Sandvine, Sprint and Wind River.

A 21-page whitepaper on OPNFV is here:
https://www.opnfv.org//sites/opnfv/files/pages/files/opnfv_whitepaper_092914.pdf

See also