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OPNFV Introduces Euphrates

October 24, 2017

The future of networking is open and software-defined. There’s no avoiding the digital transformation taking place, driving change from the data center to the c-suite. The OPNFV Project is an open source project forwarding the development of Network Function Virtualization (NFV) spanning a number of ecosystems and covering integration, deployment and testing. Live from Open Source Summit Europe, OPNFV is making waves.

This week, OPNFV unveiled OPNFV Euphrates, the fifth platform coming as a result of the project. In broad strokes, OPNFV Euphrates offers Kubernetes integration for the first time, in addition to cross-community continuous integration as well as improved network visibility.  Long story short, the new platform provides operations with network transformation leveraging open source NFV.

"With this initial integration of Kubernetes with the existing stack of open source network components, Euphrates enables NFV to make significant advances in the journey towards cloud native," said Heather Kirksey, director, OPNFV. "Combined with a focus on XCI and modern DevOps practices, more efficient infrastructure, and enhanced operations capabilities, we're witnessing the powerful culmination of three years' worth of collaboration across a broad swath of open source communities, come to life."

There are several key enhancements with OPNFV Euphrates. In its architecture, the platform melds Kubernters and container integration with multiple components of the end-to-end stack providing for easier management, as well as faster, more reliable and scalable stacks. OPNFV Euphrates comes with a robust set of testing tools covering NFV cloud, complete network services and VNFs.

The new release integrates the Calipso project to improve visibility, which can easily be paired with the Doctor and Barometer projects to access a powerful service assurance framework. In addition, with the integration of Moon, new security and user management capabilities come to the table. Another key cog in the new platform is how it integrates; namely, it always maintains access to the latest upstream code.

We are still at the beginning of the open source journey, but major strides seem to come at a rapid pace. Digital transformation will continue to drive this trend; from the c-suite, to the data center the evolution is real.

How open is your network? 

Edited by Mandi Nowitz

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