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Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:56

Linux Foundation backs NFV project


The Linux Foundation - with support from many big names in the industry - has launched a project to build an open platform for network functions virtualisation (NFV).

The Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) Project seeks to build a carrier-grade, integrated, open source reference platform that will allow carriers to indroduce new products and services more quickly.

The project's platinum-level founding members 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.

Other well-known participants include Alcatel-Lucent, ARM, Broadcom, Citrix, Orange, Sandvine and Wind River.

OPNFV will work with existing open source NFV projects to coordinate integration and testing, and to fill development gaps that become apparent.

Spokespeople for the OpenDaylight, OpenStack and Open vSwitch projects welcomed OPNFV.

"The OpenStack community has been working to address the massive opportunity NFV presents, and we look forward to collaborating with OPNFV to advance these critical infrastructure efforts through open source development," said OpenStack Foundation executive director Jonathan Bryce.

The OPNFV Project will also work with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute's Industry Specification Group for Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV ISG) to help maintain alignment between standards development and the reference platform.

"The NFV ISG's mission is to facilitate the industry transformation and development of an open, interoperable, ecosystem through specification, implementation and deployment experience," said NFV ISG chairman Steven Wright.

"The ISG recognises the value of open source implementations to converge industry requirements and facilitate the development of the NFV ecosystem.

"I look forward to the future releases of the integrated open source infrastructure platform from OPNFV."

New components developed as part of the project will be licensed under the Apache Licence 2.0.

OPNFV joins other Linux Foundation collaborative projects including MeeGo, Open Daylight, Tizen, and Xen.

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