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OPNFV Danube May Mean Big Things for NFV

By Steve Anderson April 06, 2017

Exciting news in the network functions virtualization (NFV) field, as the Open Project for NFV (OPNFV) project recently brought out the newest version of its Danube open source platform. The fourth such version released, Danube has some big plans in store for some of the largest organizations and service providers, and it's the kind of thing that should give NFV in general a serious leg up.

With the updated Danube, both large-scale organizations and major service providers are expected to be able to take advantage of cloud-based services, virtualization options, and NFV's close cohort, software-defined networking (SDN).  One major new addition to this latest version is OpenStack Gluon, a system that allows better ability to offer NFV networking services on an on-demand basis. It offers more than that as well, but that's the big draw.

It's not the only major draw, either; reports suggest that the new Danube system includes new support and capabilities for management and orchestration (MANO) systems as relates to both NFV Infrastructure (NFVI) and virtual infrastructure manager (VIM) tools. The new lab-as-a-service module allows lab resources to be more appropriately provisioned, and gives OPNFV test suites a new stress testing option. Layer 2 and Layer 3 forwarding get integration for better acceleration of the data plane, which provides improved NFV performance, and more besides.

OPNFV director Heather Kirksey commented, “It brings together full next-gen networking stacks in an open, collaborative environment. By harnessing work with upstream communities into an open, iterative testing and deployment domain, we’re delivering the capabilities that truly enable NFV.”

The growth of processes that helps with the deployment and use of NFV is generally a welcome idea; this is the kind of thing that can mean big advancements, if it's used properly, and big advancements help draw more attention to NFV as a viable solution for a growing slate of issues. The more use cases that can be established, the more likely it will be regarded as a useful, profitable tool, and the more likely it will be taken on. If more organizations take it on as part of everyday operations, competitors will likely follow suit lest the organizations with NFV capability gain a competitive advantage.

Every new advance NFV can make is one more reason to bring NFV into an operation. The new versions of Danube should be a great help in driving this still-new market segment forward.

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Edited by Alicia Young

Contributing Writer

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