Sunday, March 6, 2016

Video: The Intersection of IoT and Security

Jason Porter, VP of Security Solutions from AT&T, gives a 2-minute overview of the intersection of #IoT and security.  Not surprisingly, the top concern from enterprises deploying IoT technologies is ensuring end-to-end security for all elements in the ecosystem.


Video: The State of Cloud Security

Jim Reavis, CEO of the Cloud Security Alliance, provides a 2-minute update on the state of the industry and highlights of the day-long Cloud Security Summit held at RSA 2016.

The current state of security in cloud computing is strong, but uneven. Many issues remain to be addressed, including as services transgress international boundaries or even go from one operator to another.


Video: CSA Global Enterprise Board's Call to Action

Vinay Patel, Global Head of Information Security for Citi Enterprise Infrastructure, issues a call-to-action on behalf of the Cloud Security Alliance's Enterprise Advisory Board.

For enterprises, the stakes could not be higher in ensuring that cloud services are safe, secure, transparent and trusted platforms.


Video: New Approaches to Cloud Security with Prevoty

Arpit Joshipura discusses New Approaches to Cloud Security at RSA 2016.

Conventional cyber solutions based on malware signatures, white-lists, black-lists, data flow analysis are no longer effective.  The focus needs to move to a layered approach that includes runtime application security within the applications themselves.


Vertical Systems: 2015 U.S.Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD

AT&T captured the top spot in Vertical Systems Group's U.S. Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD results for year-end 2015.

The following companies achieved LEADERBOARD status (rank order based on retail port share): AT&T, Level 3, Verizon, CenturyLink, Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Cox, XO and new entrant Windstream.

To qualify for the LEADERBOARD, providers must have four percent (4%) or more of the U.S. Ethernet services market. Shares are measured by number of ports in service at businesses and enterprises as tracked by Vertical, with input from surveys of Ethernet providers.

“For the full year 2015, the Ethernet market grew by more than 20 percent, however the second half of the year showed moderating growth going into 2016,” said Rick Malone, principal at Vertical Systems Group. “During this cycle, Windstream moved up to the LEADERBOARD from the Challenge Tier based on the strength of its Ethernet private line service and its presence in many smaller markets that others do not serve.”

Ethernet providers cited footprint expansion and support for increased speeds as their top initiatives for 2016 in response to Vertical Systems Group’s Year-End 2015 Ethernet/IP VPN/Fiber and LEADERBOARD Survey. Price compression and provisioning intervals are considered the primary challenges.

A key competitive requirement cited by Ethernet providers is MEF CE 2.0 certification. Seven of the nine companies on the 2015 U.S. LEADERBOARD have MEF CE 2.0 certified services. Additionally, all LEADERBOARD-ranked companies employ MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professionals (MEF-CECPs).

Other providers selling Ethernet services in the U.S. are segmented into two tiers as measured by port share. The first or Challenge Tier includes providers with between 1% and 4% share of the U.S. retail Ethernet market. For 2015, the following five companies attained a position in the Challenge tier (in alphabetical order): Bright House, Charter, Cogent, Lightpath and Zayo.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Crehan: Data Center Switch Market Hits $12B in 2015, Reports Crehan Research

The data center switch market reached $12 billion in sales in 2015, according to a new report from Crehan Research.

Ethernet, which accounts for the majority of data center switch revenues, grew 7% in 2015, while InfiniBand revenues surged to a record year, surpassing its prior record of 2012. In contrast with Ethernet and InfiniBand, Fibre Channel switch revenues declined slightly following growth in 2014.

“Ethernet remained by far the dominantdata center switch technology during 2015," said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research. "With the recent introductions of attractively priced 25 gigabit Ethernet (GbE), 50GbE, and 100GbE switches, we expect this to continue," he said, adding, "InfiniBand is also enjoying a strong resurgence, in conjunction with the adoption of Intel’s higher performing Grantley-based server platforms and ever-expanding high performance computing applications."

Some highlights:

  • 10GBASE-T and 40GbE were the main data center Ethernet switch growth drivers in 2015, with both technologies seeing an approximate doubling of annual shipments
  • Modular data center Ethernet switch shipments returned to growth after two consecutive years of decline
  • 25GbE/50GbE/100GbE data center switches saw initial shipments in 4Q15, along with the server adapters to connect to these switches. These products are expected to ramp strongly in the second half of 2016 
  • Cisco accounted for 60% of total data center Ethernet switch revenue in 2015
  • Arista’s total data center Ethernet switch revenue increased more than 40% in 2015, resulting in a two-point share gain
  • Huawei’s 4Q15 data center Ethernet switch revenue more than doubled year-over-year, as data center upgrades and build-outs continued to be strong in China despite macro-economic volatility
  • For full-year 2015, 16Gbps Fibre Channel became a solid majority of total Fibre Channel switch  shipments, laying the foundation for the ramp of recently introduced 32Gbps Fibre Channel products
  • White box and ODM-direct data center Ethernet switching accounted for 4% of total 2015 data center switch revenue

Frontier Launches Ethernet Private Line Service

Frontier Communications has added Ethernet Private Line (EPL) to its E-Line Ethernet Solutions portfolio.

EPL joins Frontier’s local IntraLATA EVPL offering and will be available in Frontier’s service areas with the same bandwidth profiles and at the same rates.

EPL has also been rolled into the Carrier InterLATA EPATH offering, previously launched in October 2015 as a service multiplexed, vlan aware only offering, in Frontier’s Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin markets. Frontier’s current traffic prioritization classes and associated Silver, Gold and Platinum Service Level Agreements will accompany this enhancement.

SpaceX Launches SES-9 on Falcon 9 Rocket

SpaceX successfully launched the SES-9 satellite using a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

SES-9 is SES’s largest satellite to serve the Asia-Pacific region. It weighed 5.3 tonnes at the launch and has 57 high-power Ku-band transponders – equivalent to 81x36 MHz transponders’ It thus provides significant expansion capacity to serve the buoyant and fast-growing video, enterprise, mobility and government sectors across Northeast Asia, South Asia, India, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Boeing was lead contractor.

In addition, SES-9 is equipped with dedicated mobility beams to provide maritime coverage vessels on high-traffic maritime routes between the Suez Canal and Strait of Malacca.

The Falcon 9 rocket attempted to land on a drone ship in the Atlantic, but missed narrowly.

In Memory: Raymond Tomlinson

Ray Tomlinson, who is credited with developing email while working on ARPANet in 1971, has died. He was 74.

The first email was sent between two machines that were literally side-by-side using a program that Tomlinson developed called SNDMSG. Tomlinson chose the user@host addressing format that remains in use today.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Blueprint: Monitoring as a Discipline and the Network Administrator

by Leon Adato, Head Geek, SolarWinds

As IT professionals, we know our way around data centers like the backs of our hands. But what consistently surprises me when I speak with other admins is the general lack of knowledge about and resources put towards what we at SolarWinds call monitoring as a discipline, especially as it pertains to monitoring networks.

Evolution of the network

The network is a complex thing, and it has evolved considerably over the past decade.

For example, the network used to be defined by a mostly wired, physical entity controlled by routers and switches. Business connections were based on T1 and ISDN, and Internet connectivity was always backhauled through the data center. Each network device was a piece of company-owned hardware, and applications operated on well-defined ports and protocols. VoIP was used infrequently, and anywhere connectivity—if even a thing—was provided by the low-quality bandwidth of cell-based Internet access.

Today, however, wireless is becoming ubiquitous—it’s even overtaking wired networks in many instances—and the number of devices wirelessly connecting to the network is exploding (think Internet of Things). It doesn’t end there, though—networks are growing in all directions. Some network devices are even virtualized, resulting in a complex amalgam of the physical, the virtual and the Internet. Business connections are DSL/cable and Ethernet services. BYOD, BYOA, tablets and smartphones are prevalent and are creating bandwidth capacity and security issues. Application visibility based on port and protocol is largely impossible due to applications tunneling via HTTP/HTTPS. VOIP is common, also imposing higher demands on network bandwidth, and LTE provides high-quality anywhere connectivity.  

And the future isn’t looking any simpler. The Internet of Things (IoT); software defined networking (SDN); and hybrid IT, with its accompanying challenge of ensuring acceptable quality of service to meet the business performance needs for any given service delivered via a cloud provider, are all cresting the horizon.

What’s my point? These trends, challenges and complexities underscore a new set of monitoring and management essentials.

Enter monitoring as a discipline

What is monitoring as a discipline?

Monitoring as a discipline varies from simply monitoring in that it is an actual role, the defined job of one or more individuals within an organization, not just something “everyone kind of does when it’s needed.” The most important benefit of such a dedicated role is the ability to turn data points from various monitoring tools and utilities into more actionable insights for the business by looking at all of them from a holistic vantage point, rather than each disparately.

Although such a monitoring-dedicated individual or team is in reality probably only likely at larger organizations at this point in time, small- and medium-sized businesses may want to take note, as their infrastructures, all of which rely on the backbone known as the network, are only going to get more complex, bringing the need for even them to create such a role into sharp focus. Don’t believe me? Think about how common hiring a dedicated information security professional was ten years ago—nearly unheard of. But today, many organizations of almost every size consider this to be a necessity given the constant specter of security breaches.

Now reflect on how IT environments, not just the network, have grown, both in size and complexity, being distributed across geographies more than ever. In turn, monitoring them has equally grown in complexity. In fact, due to hybrid IT, it has become extremely difficult to pinpoint the root cause of issues—whether they lie with the cloud services provider or the organization’s internal network itself.

Thus, the “old way” of monitoring, where network admins, server admins and storage admins, etc. each operate in silos, monitoring only within their specific realm without much if any cross-silo oversight, is no longer really a viable option. By employing an expert who monitors as a specific discipline across all of the traditional silos can provide a cohesive view across an organization’s IT spectrum, making root cause analysis much more efficient and accurate, reducing costs in the process.

Expanding monitoring skillsets

All that said, given budget constraints, the reality for IT departments at many small- and medium-sized businesses will be one without such a dedicated monitoring expert for at least the near future. If having a dedicated monitoring expert is not in the cards for now, the next step is to expand your current IT team’s monitoring skillset. At minimum, your team should at least be able to effectively monitor:
  • Hardware
  • Networks (i.e. NetFlow and syslog)
  • Applications
  • Virtualization
  • Configurations
Configuration monitoring is especially important because when it comes to configs—what changed as well as the exact moment the change was made is critical to both the security and stability of entire environments. In fact, 80 percent of all corporate outages are caused by unexpected or uncontrolled config changes. And, in all honesty, in the absence of a dedicated monitoring expert, we generalist network admins are perhaps best positioned to step in and corral all this monitoring data into one cohesive set of actionable insights.

In conclusion

As the network becomes more complex and expands in nearly every direction, monitoring as a discipline will become more critical to business success. In summary, companies of all sizes should consider:
  • Adding a dedicated monitoring expert or experts who can provide a holistic view of the organization’s infrastructure performance, turning seemingly disparate data points gathered by monitoring tools into valuable, actionable insights.
  • If a dedicated expert is not possible, ensure the current IT team understands the nuances of monitoring hardware, networks, applications, virtualization and configurations and has a comprehensive, but not necessarily expensive, suite of monitoring tools available.
  • Putting network admins in charge of corralling all this monitoring data.
About the Author

Leon Adato is a Head Geek and technical evangelist at SolarWinds, and is a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), MCSE and SolarWinds Certified Professional (he was once a customer, after all). Before he was a SolarWinds Head Geek, Adato was a SolarWinds® user for over a decade. His expertise in IT began in 1989 and has led him through roles as a classroom instructor, courseware designer, desktop support tech, server support engineer, and software distribution expert. His career includes key roles at Rockwell Automation®, Nestle, PNC, and CardinalHealth providing server standardization, support, and network management and monitoring.

About SolarWinds 
SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI) provides powerful and affordable hybrid IT infrastructure management software to customers worldwide from Fortune 500® enterprises to small businesses, government agencies and educational institutions. We are committed to focusing exclusively on IT Pros, and strive to eliminate the complexity that they have been forced to accept from traditional enterprise software vendors. Regardless of where the IT asset or user sits, SolarWinds delivers products that are easy to find, buy, use, maintain and scale while providing the power to address all key areas of the infrastructure from on premises to the cloud. Our solutions are rooted in our deep connection to our user base, which interacts in our thwack online community to solve problems, share technology and best practices, and directly participate in our product development process. Learn more today at 

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Verizon Digital Media Enable Direct Link to Google Cloud

Verizon Digital Media Services is now allowing customers to use Google Cloud CDN Interconnect to more safely and securely transfer content between the Verizon Digital Media Services content delivery network (CDN) and Google Cloud Platform.

The high-performance interconnections provide a direct link between Google Cloud Platform and Verizon Digital Media Services' CDN, allowing content to move between the two directly without traversing other networks, providing increased availability and reduced latency for important content.

"Our commitment to open collaborations with companies like Google ultimately expands the choices our customers have to move their data and content efficiently, securely and affordably," said Verizon Digital Media Services Chief Technology Officer Rob Peters. "The combined power of Verizon Digital Media Services and Google Cloud Platform gives our customers the edge they need in today's digital media environment that demands constant innovation."

Verizon Digital Media Services customers that use Google Cloud Platform can save more than 65 percent on their cloud egress costs for an easier, more cost-effective delivery path that is optimized to move and scale content between Google Cloud Platform and Verizon's CDN. This provides an exceptional content experience that leverages Verizon's world-class CDN to reach any screen, anywhere.

BT to Offer Palo Alto Networks's Next Gen Security

BT will integrate the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform into its global portfolio of security services.

Specifically, BT's Assure Managed Firewall service will now integrate WildFire cloud-based malware prevention, which is a key component of the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform. It will be used to further secure the access to cloud-based applications, enabling enterprise customers to reap increased benefits from BT's Cloud of Clouds.

"Security is now a top concern for every business, and with continued growth in both the volume and sophistication of attacks, a breach prevention-focused strategy is essential to ensure a safe digital future for organisations and individuals alike. We are delighted to join forces with BT to help organisations safely enable business operations and protect their most valuable assets, managing both their risk and their security budgets," stated Mark McLaughlin, president and chief executive officer at Palo Alto Networks.

Hibernia Employs Accedian on Transatlantic Cable

Hibernia Networks is using Accedian to provide tiered termination aggregation services on its new transatlantic cable, Hibernia Express, which offers round-trip speeds of under 58.95 milliseconds between New York and London.

The Accedian platform enables Hibernia Networks to provide flexible Ethernet speeds for its portfolio of low latency connectivity solutions, ensuring a more precisely scaled service that meets the individual requirements of its customers.

Accedian said its network solution is capable of providing monitoring and measurement functions on a one-way transatlantic transmission with sub-microsecond accuracy—enabling Hibernia Networks to provide more proactive performance assurance support for low latency services, from its network operations center. The performance monitoring metrics include latency, packet loss, and

“We’re delighted to be part of Hibernia Networks state-of-the-art transatlantic cable system,” said Patrick Ostiguy, CEO, Accedian. “Our ability to guarantee lowest possible latency through technology innovation and best-practice continues to provide the hallmark for our ongoing expansion as we serve an increasing number of service providers spanning wholesale, mobile, and
cable networks.”

Telefónica Awards 10-year Contract to IBM to Modernize Financial and HR Processes

Telefónica awarded a 10-year contract for IBM to modernize and manage different Telefonica Human Resources and Finance Management processes of the telecommunications giant over the next 10 years.

As part of the agreement, IBM is acquiring three companies of Tgestiona -- a Telefónica company specialized in finance and human resources processes management for Communications Sector -- in Spain, Argentina and Peru.

"IBM was chosen as our strategic partner based on its ability to demonstrate market-leading best practices in finance and HR, deliver a superior user experience to Telefónica, and demonstrate automation and digital innovation while respecting the cultural diversity of our clients," said Javier Delgado, Director Planning, Projects and Global Services of Telefónica.

HPE Posts Quarterly Results, Networking Revenue up 54% YoY

Hewlett Packard Enterprise reported first quarter net revenue of $12.7 billion, down 3% from the prior-year period and up 4% on a constant currency basis. First quarter GAAP diluted net earnings per share (EPS) was $0.15, down from $0.30 in the prior-year period, and above its previously provided outlook of $0.09 to $0.13.

By segment:

  • Enterprise Group revenue was $7.1 billion, up 1% year over year, up 7% in constant currency, with a 13.4% operating margin. Servers revenue was down 1%, up 5% in constant currency, Storage revenue was down 3%, up 3% in constant currency, Networking revenue was up 54%, up 62% in constant currency, and Technology Services revenue was down 9%, down 3% in constant currency.  
  • Enterprise Services revenue was $4.7 billion, down 6% year over year, flat in constant currency, with a 5.1% operating margin. Infrastructure Technology Outsourcing revenue was down 8%, down 2% in constant currency, and Application and Business Services revenue was down 3%, up 3% in constant currency.
  • Software revenue was $780 million, down 10% year over year, down 6% in constant currency, with a 17.4% operating margin. License revenue was down 6%, down 2% in constant currency, support revenue was down 13%, down 9% in constant currency, professional services revenue was down 7%, down 2% in constant currency, and software-as-a-service (SaaS) revenue was down 9%, down 7% in constant currency. 
  • Financial Services revenue was $776 million, down 3% year over year, up 3% in constant currency, net portfolio assets were up 4%, up 9% in constant currency, and financing volume was down 4%, up 3% in constant currency. The business delivered an operating margin of 12.9%. 

"During our first quarter as an independent company, we saw the progress that comes from being more focused and nimble," said Meg Whitman, president and chief executive officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. "We delivered a third consecutive quarter of year-over-year constant currency revenue growth, and excluding the impact of recent M&A activity, we saw revenue growth in constant currency across every business segment for the first time since 2010."

Ciena Posts Revenue of $573 Million

Ciena reported revenue of $573.1 million as compared to $529.2 million for the fiscal first quarter 2015. Net loss (GAAP) for the fiscal first quarter 2016 was $(11.5) million, or $(0.08) per diluted common share, which compares to a GAAP net loss of $(18.8) million, or $(0.17) per diluted common share, for the fiscal first quarter 2015.

"We delivered strong first quarter business and financial performance, including 8% adjusted operating margin, highlighted by engagement with a more diverse set of customers," said Gary B. Smith, president and CEO, Ciena. “Despite some recent volatility in the broader macroeconomic environment, the demand drivers for our business remain firmly in place and we are well positioned to translate our market leadership into continued growth and profitability this fiscal year.”

Some highlights:

  • U.S. customers contributed 63.7% of total revenue
  • One customer accounted for greater than 10% of revenue and represented 22% of total revenue
  • Cash and investments totaled $995.4 million

Nimble Storage Posts Revenue of $90 Million, up 32%

Nimble Storage reported revenue of $90.1 million for its fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, up from $68.3 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015. Excluding fluctuations in foreign currency over the past year, revenue would have been $92.6 million representing a 36% increase over the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015. GAAP net loss for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 was $32.4 million, or $0.40 per basic and diluted share, compared with a net loss of $24.7 million, or $0.33 per basic and diluted share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.

Total revenue for fiscal 2016 was $322.2 million, compared to $227.7 million in fiscal 2015, representing growth of 42% year-over-year.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Cisco Sets Digital Network Architecture as its Platform of the Future

Cisco unveiled its Digital Network Architecture (DNA) for transforming business with the power of analytics driven by programmable networks, cloud applications, open APIs, and virtualization.  The Cisco DNA aims to extend the company's data center-based, policy-driven Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) technology throughout the entire network: from campus to branch, wired to wireless, core to edge.  

Cisco DNA is built on five guiding principles:

  • Virtualize everything to give organizations freedom of choice to run any service anywhere, independent of the underlying platform – physical or virtual, on premise or in the cloud.
  • Designed for automation to make networks and services on those networks easy to deploy, manage and maintain – fundamentally changing the approach to network management.
  • Pervasive analytics to provide insights on the operation of the network, IT infrastructure and the business – information that only the network can provide.
  • Service management delivered from the cloud to unify policy and orchestration across the network - enabling the agility of cloud with the security and control of on premises solutions.
  • Open, extensible and programmable at every layer – Integrating Cisco and 3rd party technology, open API’s and a developer platform, to support a rich ecosystem of network-enabled applications.

“The digital network is the platform for digital business,” said Rob Soderbery, SVP for Enterprise Products and Solutions, Cisco.  “Cisco DNA brings together virtualization, automation, analytics, cloud and programmability to build that platform.  The acronym for the Digital Networking Architecture – DNA – isn’t an accident. We’re fundamentally changing the DNA of networking technology.”

The first deliverables of Cisco DNA include:

DNA Automation:  APIC-Enterprise Module (APIC EM) Platform

  • APIC-EM Platform:  A new version of Cisco’s enterprise controller has been released. Cisco claims 100+ customer deployments running up to 4000 devices from a single instance.  The company is adding automation software that removes the need for staging for pre-configuration or truck roll-outs to remote locations. The Plug and Play agent sits on Cisco routers and switches and talks directly to the network controller. A new EasyQoS service enables the network to dynamically update network wide QoS settings based on application policy.
  • Cisco Intelligent WAN Automation Services: This service automates IWAN deployment and management, providing greater WAN deployment flexibility and allowing IT to quickly configure and deploy a full-service branch office with just 10 clicks.  IWAN automation eliminates configuration tasks for advanced networking features, and automatically enables Cisco best practices, application prioritization, path selection and caching to improve the user experience.
  • DNA Virtualization:  Evolved IOS-XE is a network operating system optimized for programmability, controller-based automation, and serviceability. The new OS provides open model-driven APIs for third party application development, software-defined management, application hosting, edge computing and abstraction from the physical infrastructure to enable virtualization.   It supports the Cisco Catalyst 3850/3650, ASR 1000 and ISR 4000 today, and will continue to be expanded across the Enterprise Network portfolio.

    Evolved Cisco IOS XE includes Enterprise Network Function Virtualization (Enterprise NFV) that decouples hardware from software and gives enterprises the freedom of choice to run any feature anywhere. This solution includes the full software stack - virtualization infrastructure software; virtualized network functions (VNFs) like routing, firewall, WAN Optimization, and WLAN Controller; and orchestration services - to enable branch office service virtualization.
  • DNA Cloud Service Management:  CMX Cloud provides business insights and personalized engagement using location and presence information from Cisco wireless infrastructure.  With CMX Cloud enterprises can provide easy Wi-Fi onboarding, gain access to aggregate customer behavior data, and improve customer engagement. 

Cisco to Acquire Leaba Semiconductor for $320M

Cisco agreed to acquire Leaba Semiconductor, a venture-backed fabless semiconductor company, for $320 million in cash and assumed equity awards, plus additional retention based incentives.

Leaba, which is based in Israel, specializes in networking semiconductors.  The company is in stealth mode and has not announced any products.

The Leaba team will report into Cisco’s Core Hardware Group, led by Senior Vice President, Ravi Cherukuri.

  • Leaba Semiconductor is headed by Eyal Dagan, who previously was CEO and co-founder of Dune Networks, a privately-held developer of switch fabric solutions for data center networking equipment that was acquired by Broadcom for approximately $178 million in cash in 2009.

OPNFV Brahmaputra Adds IPv6, VPN Config, Fault Detection

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 its OPNFV Brahmaputra release.

Key enhancements in OPNFV Brahmaputra include:

Hardened feature enhancements.
  • Layer 3 VPN instantiation and configuration
  • Initial support for IPv6 deployment and testing in IPv6 environments,
  • Improved fault detection and recovery capabilities via work in OpenStack Neutron and Ceilometer as well as collaborative development work with DPDK
  •  Initial Service Function Chaining capabilities via OpenDaylight Beryllium
  • Basic resource reservation via a shim layer on top of OpenStack
  •  Enhancements in performance and throughput via data plane acceleration and NFV-focused enhancements in OVS and KVM
Enhanced testing capabilities. 

  • Extending the suite of functional tests developed in Arno, Brahmaputra adds system-level testing and multiple performance testing frameworks and methodologies. The Yardstick Project implements system-level validation with baseline testing requirements as outlined in the ETSI TST 001 spec. Additional improvements include detailed vSwitch performance characterization, bottoms-up system performance benchmarking, and the implementation of a performance bottleneck-focused testing framework.

Infrastructure and testing environment advancements.

  • In addition to the bare metal lab hosted by the Linux Foundation, community Pharos labs were used to release validation for Brahmaputra. Additionally, OPNFV’s Jenkins-based continuous integration and continuous deployment toolchain has made great strides in automating all integration and deployment scenarios and associated testing frameworks.

Deployment and integration enhancements. 

  • Brahmaputra contains an increased number of components and scenarios, including support for additional SDN controllers and installers, such as OpenStack Liberty and OpenDaylight Beryllium, which can be used to build the platform.

“Building on the foundation of Arno, the OPNFV community worked tirelessly to integrate and combine components from multiple communities to deliver Brahmaputra, which brings end-to-end feature realization,” said Chris Price, technical steering committee chair, OPNFV and Open Source Manager for SDN, Cloud & NFV, Ericsson. “The impact is substantial; we’ve now established methodologies and mechanisms for further cross-project and feature development.”

“The strength of any open source project depends on the community developing it,” said Heather Kirksey, director, OPNFV. “With an entire industry involved in the development of NFV, we’re seeing more collaboration among key stakeholders across the ecosystem. The strides we made in Brahmaputra create a framework for even more developers to come together and make progress in the journey to NFV.”