Open-Source NFV Group Launches First Software Release
The OPNFV's "Arno" release will give developers, vendors and users a framework for testing NFV deployments and networking applications, officials say.An industry consortium looking to accelerate the adoption of network-functions virtualization is rolling out its first software release that is aimed at organizations and developers that are looking for a deployment and test platform or building network applications. The Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) project has rolled out "Arno," an open-source platform that group officials said will give users and developers a framework for testing NFV efforts, checking out basic NFV uses cases and trying out virtual network functions (VNFs). The growing demand among telecommunications vendors and other organizations for ways to more quickly adopt and implement NFV is driving the OPNFV's efforts, according to Chris Price, technical steering committee chairman and open-source manager for software-defined networking (SDN), NFV and the cloud for network vendor Ericsson. "Arno is a major step in achieving these goals, implementing a congruent NFV platform for accelerated development and application deployment across the industry," Price said in a statement. NFV and SDN are changing how service providers and enterprises are looking at their networks. By removing the data plane and networking tasks—such as firewalls, routing and load balancing—from the underlying physical gear and putting them into software that can run on inexpensive commodity hardware, organizations are hoping to create networks that are more responsive, scalable, agile and programmable to handle rapidly changing demands brought on by such trends as cloud computing, analytics, IT mobility and social software.
OPNFV was launched in September 2014 by a broad range of vendors and carriers, including Cisco Systems, Intel, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Ericsson, China Mobile and Sprint. Three months later, officials said they were preparing the consortium's first software releases for this year. Arno comprises the NFV infrastructure and virtual infrastructure manager components of the architecture laid out by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).