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Huawei Turns Out in Favor of OPNFV Arno

By Steve Anderson June 04, 2015

The Open Platform for Network Functions Virtualization (OPNFV) project has recently borne fruit in the form of Arno, the first software release from the project so far. But a software release generally doesn't mean much if there isn't some hardware ready to back it up, and that's where Huawei's recent announcement proved valuable for the organization.

More specifically, Huawei announced support for the Arno system, which in turn will allow network operators to bring out a system that can both deploy and complete end-to-end testing of a complete NFV program that's on par with anything a telecommunications firm can bring out. With Arno, anyone out to develop a proof-of-concept system, a NFV application, or just run performance testing now has a useful new tool to accomplish such tasks.

Huawei, according to Weimen Ying, who serves as the company's NFV leader and president of research and development in the wireless division, considers the development of the OPNFV community to be “...very important,” and considers the release of the Arno system to be “...a significant milestone achievement.”

That by itself is likely to be good news for OPNFV, who is likely happy to note it has powerful friends in the field. OPNFV's director and chief scientist for wireless research and standards, Dr. Anthony C.K. Soong, offered up some comment on Arno's release, saying “The OPNFV platform combines a number of Open Source Networking projects into a comprehensive NFV platform. The value to our users is that they don't have to spend time and effort gaining the expertise to pull all the components together. OPNFV delivers a reference NFV platform that operators can download, deploy and test immediately in order to accelerate time to market.” Soong also serves as Huawei Technologies USA's head of open source networking, putting him in a fine position to discuss the concept.

This won't be the last such release, either; reports suggest that the OPNFV project looks to bring out new releases twice a year, so as 2015 comes to a close, we'll likely see another release from the project. Those interested in getting hands on the current version right now meanwhile, need only download the software from the OPNFV website.

This is still a project in its comparatively early stages, so what's particularly noteworthy about it is the support it's getting. Though the project is proceeding along apace—it took just eight months to deliver this first release, according to the OPNFV's director Heather Kirksey—it's still got quite some way to go before it's seen in wide release. Still, this does represent a major effort in that it's establishing a foundation for future NFV endeavors, and we're likely to see a lot more development in the near future.

NFV has a lot of great possibilities behind it, and as we see more development come into play, we'll see more of those possibilities become reality. With companies like Huawei involved, that development will likely proceed more rapidly than it ever would without.




Edited by Maurice Nagle

Contributing Writer

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