Most networking and data center infrastructure vendors are building their network virtualization, SDN and NFV capabilities, with the bulk offering solutions with varying degrees of openness, often in conjunction with the open-source OpenStack cloud orchestration stack. In his blog post, Price noted that OPNFV representatives went to the OpenStack Summit in November, "where we invested time meeting the OpenStack community and finding ways to collaborate on feature development and testing. Cross community collaboration is a key focus area for 2015 with the OPNFV community looking to invest in and providing value both to our user and developer communities."
In recent months, vendors like Dell and Juniper announced open NFV efforts that include leveraging the OpenStack capabilities, while HP and Nokia Networks in November announced a partnership in which the companies will create a cloud-based platform on which carriers can built their next-generation networks based NFV and running on HP's Helion OpenStack-based cloud platform. Also last month, Huawei Technologies announced it is building an NFV Open Lab, which will ensure that solutions and carrier-grade infrastructures that come out of it will be compatible with the standards being created by the OPNFV.
Vendor interest in both SDN and NFV is understandable. Not only do the technologies promise to meet the demands of end users, but analysts expect the markets for both technologies to grow quickly over the next several years. Infonetics Research in a report in November forecasted that the market for global carrier SDN and NFV hardware and software will grow from less than $500 million in 2013 to more than $11 billion in 2018, with NFV accounting for most of the revenues over that time. By 2018, SDN and NFV software will make up three-quarters of the overall revenues in the SDN and NFV market, the market research firm said.
The OPNFV will be carrying the momentum of the last three months into the new year, Price wrote. The group will be at various events, including the meet-up at the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in February and the OpenStack Summit in May.
"The belief that many minds are better than one is the driving force behind open source," he wrote. "It's your code, ideas and feedback that will make open source NFV a reality."