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OPNFV Project's Third Platform Offers Even More New Features

By Steve Anderson September 28, 2016

Usually, when a new product release emerges, there are significant changes, like new features included. That's not always good news—just ask anyone who's still using Windows XP—but often, it's a welcome development. Recently, the OPNFV Project released its third platform release, known as OPNFV Colorado, and with that release brought a slate of new features that will hopefully prove worthwhile to the user base.

OPNFV Colorado now boasts a set of upgrades to core features. Essential, foundational support for network functions virtualization (NFV) applications has been augmented and the new features have been built right into the included framework for automated deployment, installation and testing. Plus, perhaps just as importantly, security has taken a step up as well. It's not only landed the Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) badge for best practices in development, but the Moon project has actively been working to bring out prototypes for OpenStack and OpenDaylight identity federation.

Plus, there's a new level of support for service function chaining (SFC) that connects to multiple nodes at once, as well as new support for the changing face of the Internet itself, IP v6, which boasts support in both underlay and overlay along with new install tools. Better yet, the SDN VPN project now includes BGP peering, along with support for both Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN. New testing options, new infrastructure environment systems and a larger development community round out the list of new improvements to OPNFV's latest platform release.

The chair of the technical steering committee and OPNFV and open source manager for SDN, cloud and NFV at Ericsson, Chris Price, commented, “We're seeing a maturity of process with the Colorado release, reflected by things like achievement of the CII Best Practices badge for security and the growing maturity of our testing and DevOps methodology. The creation of working groups across MANO, Infrastructure, Security, and Testing also help the project evolve towards a foundational and robust industry platform for advanced open source NFV.”

Essentially, what's happened here is that the third release has significantly augmented its capability, and delivered a new package of benefits to its users. That's good enough as it is, but it has an extra effect as well, which is improving the overall reputation of OPNFV and its standing in the overall user community. As its products improve, so too does the user perception of the operation, establishing it more firmly as an expert in the field and one to pay closer attention to.

It's easy to forget that with all the development that's been staged lately, that we're still talking about a system that really only got started a couple of years ago. As new developments like these take place, we increasingly see the value that NFV can offer, and where we may go from here. With OPNFV taking on an increasingly leading role, meanwhile, our moves toward full NFV use will likely only advance. 

Edited by Alicia Young

Contributing Writer

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