The Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) project is gaining momentum.
This group is a community-led industry-supported open source reference platform for Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV).
TechTarget defines NFV as an initiative to virtualise the network services that are (or were previously) being carried out by proprietary, dedicated hardware — NFV is part of the wider industry shift towards network and application virtualisation.
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Open Platform for NFV is a carrier-grade, integrated, open source reference platform intended to accelerate the introduction of new products and services using NFV.
It brings together service providers, vendors and users to collaborate in an open forum on advancing the state-of-the-art in NFV.
Director of NFV Heather Kirksey has recently blogged to note that Mobile World Congress was OPNFV’s first big marketing event.
The OPNFV project was launched in September 2014 with an intention of developing an open source reference platform for NFV.
The community, gearing up for its first code release, has been growing steadily with widespread support from service providers, vendors and open source communities.
If NFV is as successfully embraced as proponents like OPNFV want it to be, then it could decrease the amount of proprietary hardware needed to launch and operate network services.
Well executed NFV will see network functions effectively decoupled from traditional hardware devices so that network services are executed by routers, firewalls, load balancers and a range of dedicated hardware devices that will be hosted on virtual machines (VMs).