Second Release of Open Source Network Functions Virtualization Platform Delivered by OPNFV

By CIOReview | Monday, March 14, 2016

FREMONT, CA: Availability of OPNFV Brahmaputra, the second release of OPNVF’s Open Source Network Functions Virtualization Platform was publicized in an announcement made today. The OPNFV Project is a carrier-grade, integrated, open source platform intended to accelerate the introduction of new products and services using Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

OPNVF Brahmaputra is the first full experience of the platform with a massively parallel simultaneous release process. It has been fabricated with delivery of rich platform-level testing of NFV functionality and use cases. The second version is loaded with many new features and has upstream community collaboration abilities. It can collaborate on feature development, address multiple technology components across the ecosystem, advance stability, performance, automation and hardened features. “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.

Collaboration of more than 165 developers including network operators, solution providers and vendors who focus on integration, deployment and testing of upstream components to address NFV needs is facilitated by OPNFV. The rigorous integration process of Brahmaputra was helped by various upstream communities such as OpenStack, OpenDaylight, OpenContrail, ONOS, and ETSI to pull the latest code. New capabilities, specifications and community resources were contributed by more than 30 accepted projects. “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,” said Heather Kirksey, director, OPNFV.

The new key enhancements in Brahmaputra include hardened feature enhancements, enhanced testing capabilities, infrastructure and testing environment advancements, deployment and integration enhancements.

The entire deployment set will be delivered by Brahmaputra incrementally, with additional scenarios becoming available in a set of monthly releases as they achieve stability. OPNFV is also planning its first plugfest which will take place the week of May 9th, 2016 at the CableLabs headquarters in Louisville, CO. The industry will get the opportunity to collaborate and test interoperability of different products with Brahmaputra through this plugfest.