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OPNFV Project Unleashes Danube

April 19, 2017

Work continues to progress on management and orchestration for network functions virtualization (NFV). OPNFV Danube, the latest platform release from the OPNFV Project, is now available.

OPNFV Danube introduces enhanced DevOps automation and test methodologies, improved performance, better control, added instrumentation related to management and orchestration, and more.

It supports a fully integrated CI/CD pipeline, allows for dynamic provisioning of lab resources, introduces stress testing, and features a testing ecosystem dashboard. Performance is addressed by OPNFV Danube with the acceleration of the data plane via FD.io integration for all Layer 2 and Layer 3 forwarding; enhancements to OVS-DPDK and KVM; and a focus on initial compute subsystem performance testing related to benchmarking as a service (through the QTIP project), root cause analysis for platform performance issues (through the Bottlenecks projects), storage subsystem performance testing (through the Storperf project), and virtual switch testing (through the VSPERF project).

Architectural enhancements with OPNFV Danube include the ability to dynamically enable and configure network control through integration with

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OpenStack Gluon as well as increased reliability and test cases that support multi-site and high availability work. The OPNFV Danube press release also talks about its fault management and analysis; IPv6; Layer 2 and 3 virtual private network; service function chaining; and open source, traditional, and open source hardware support.

On the management and orchestration (or MANO) front, OPNFV Danube offers integration between NFV Infrastructure/Virtual Infrastructure Manager with OPEN-O/now ONAP; instrumentation of NFVI network telemetry to support service assurance and other use cases; multi-domain template support (through the Domino project); and translation features between YANG and Tosca modeling languages (through the Parser project).         

Speaking of OPEN-O and ONAP, you may recall that in February The Linux Foundation announced a merger of ECOMP and OPEN-O to create the new Open Network Automation Platform Project, known as ONAP. AT&T and China Mobile are the leaders of ONAP, which also includes founding members Amdocs, AT&T, Bell Canada, China Mobile, China Telecom, Cisco, Ericsson, GigaSpaces, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Nokia, Orange, Tech Mahindra, VMware, ZTE, ARM, BOCO Inter-Telecom, Canonical, China Unicom, Cloudbase Solutions, Metaswitch, and Raisecom.

The next OPNFV release is called Euphrates. It will expand on the new ONAP work, offer enhancements related to the CI/CD model, and focus on virtual network functions interoperability and application enablement.

If you’d like to learn more about NFV, be sure to check out TMC and Crossfire Media’s newest conference and expo, Communications 20/20, happening July 18-20 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The event will focus on the next wave of technology and innovations that will transcend the importance of person to person contact, disrupting the future of the entire communications industry. Find out more HERE.

Edited by Alicia Young

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