Open-source NFV Project delivers third platform release

Open-source NFV Project delivers third platform release

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By Graham Prophet

Colorado includes advances that accelerate the development of NFV applications and services through key feature enhancements across security, IPv6, Service Function Chaining (SFC), testing, VPN capabilities, and support for multiple hardware architectures.


“Colorado represents a more robust version of OPNFV’s previous Brahmaputra platform,” said Heather Kirksey, director, OPNFV. “The OPNFV community, in close collaboration with other upstream communities, has delivered enhanced capabilities most important to the NFV platform growth and maturity.”


Enhancements available in OPNFV Colorado include:

– Core feature upgrades. These improvements come via focused collaboration with upstream communities and are centered on improving foundational support for NFV applications and services. All feature enhancements are integrated into the automated install/deploy/testing framework.

– Enhanced security by earning the Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) Badge for best practices in open source development; additionally, the Moon project has been prototyping identity federation and management for OpenStack and OpenDaylight.

– Service Function Chaining (SFC) now runs across multiple nodes, includes installer support for VNF Manager (Tacker) installation and support for enhanced cloud scenarios.

– Improved IPv6 support includes IPv6-only deployments, full underlay and overlay support and integration with additional install tools.

– The SDN VPN project now enables full Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN support including BGP peering.

– Full support for multiple hardware architectures, including both ARM and x86 architectures.

– Enhanced testing capabilities. Colorado includes a greater integration across testing projects with additional feature testing capabilities, and increased automation.

– Infrastructure and testing environment advancements. The Pharos test lab project continues to be a key element of OPNFV release development and validation. Colorado brings improved governance, consistency, availability, and quality to the labs, increasing efficiency and creating the groundwork for a robust Lab-as-a-Service program. See the full list of Pharos labs, including those participating in Colorado, here.

– Community expansion. Improved cross-project collaboration via working groups focused on Management and Operation (MANO), Infrastructure, Security, and Testing. Five Committers-At-Large members have been elected to the Technical Steering Committee (TSC) to enhance the meritocratic nature of the project. OPNFV also continues to build relationships with key upstream communities such as OpenStack, OpenDaylight, ONOS, OpenContrail,, OVS, Open-O, OpenBaton, KVM, DPDK, ODP, and Linux.


In addition to enhanced features and capabilities of the platform, the third OPNFV release has provided an opportunity for the community to become even more fluent in system level feature development and testing in support of NFV. This will be crucial in moving past the initial groundwork and into ease-of-deployment and end-user engagement as the platform continues to mature. Colorado sets the stage for significant new work in the MANO area including efforts focused on VNF on-boarding, increased CI/CD integration with upstream communities and ongoing NFV-related feature enhancements that will further accelerate the transformation of enterprise and service provider networks.


Information about OPNFV Colorado is available here: – to learn more about OPNFV Colorado, or for information on how to participate in the OPNFV project, visit:


This information is from ARM, whose Bob Monkman, project technical lead for Armband project and segment marketing manager, adds, “OPNFV Colorado is an important new release as it continues the momentum towards a future-proof network based on multi-architectural solutions. The OPNFV Project is rapidly building an open, mature and integrated foundation to deliver NFV and we are engaged on a number of fronts, importantly on the Armband Project in open developer labs around the world. The ARM networking ecosystem is also actively engaged with VNF providers, OEMs and the operator community to optimize the performance-per-watt, density, scalability and TCO advantages of ARM architecture.”


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