The OPNFV Project, a community-led industry supported open source reference platform for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), has announced that Array Networks, Midokura, Ooredoo and Sonus Networks are joining the project.
The companies will join existing members to support a carrier-grade, integrated, open source reference platform to advance the evolution of NFV and to ensure consistency, performance and interoperability among multiple open source components. OPNFV is supported by 44 member companies and has formed a Technical Steering Committee (TSC) to establish technical direction for the project.
OPNFV brings together end users and vendors to develop an integrated and tested open source NFV platform that can accelerate the introduction of new products and services. The project will establish a carrier-grade, integrated, open source reference platform that industry peers will build together to advance the evolution of NFV and to ensure consistency, performance and interoperability among multiple open source components.
“OPNFV is about global participation by a diverse group of suppliers to create an open platform that we can all use to achieve the promise of NFV,” said Margaret Chiosi, president, OPNFV. “With increasing interest throughout the industry, the project is poised to play a key role in the acceleration and availability of NFV. We welcome our new silver members, Array Networks, Midokura, Ooredoo and Sonus Networks, who represent the types of members we need, in helping us implement the goals of open source NFV.”
“With the industry shifting toward SDN and NFV, it is evident that open source is the way to go to develop dynamic network environments,” said Michael Zhao, president and CEO of Array Networks. “We are pleased to collaborate with the industry and the open source community to contribute to the development of OPNFV.”
Midokura is a global company focused network virtualization. Founded in 2010, Midokura is the creator of MidoNet, a complete overlay network virtualization solution that integrates with cloud platforms such as OpenStack. The company’s vision is to provide network infrastructure to reduce physical network and management costs for its customers. Midokura has offices in the United States, Japan and Europe.
“Being proponents of open source and NFV, it is natural for us to contribute to OPNFV,” said Dan Dumitriu, co-founder and CEO of Midokura. “We are excited to join and lend our expertise in developing an open source NFV reference platform for the telecom industry.”
Ooredoo is a leading international communications company delivering mobile, fixed, broadband internet and corporate managed services across markets in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia. Ooredoo is guided by its vision of enriching people’s lives and its belief that it can stimulate human growth by leveraging communications to help people achieve their full potential.
“We recognize the transformational potential of OPNFV for telecommunications companies,” said Hernan Munoz, Group Chief Technology Officer, Ooredoo. “We are committed to helping accelerate this project as OPNFV will contribute to improve operational efficiencies and enable us to deliver new and faster services for our customers to enjoy.”
Sonus Networks, Inc. enables and secures real-time communications so the world’s leading service providers and enterprises can embrace the next generation of SIP and 4G/LTE solutions including VoIP, video, instant messaging and online collaboration. Sonus offers a complete portfolio of hardware-based and virtualized Session Border Controllers (SBCs), Diameter Signaling Controllers (DSCs), policy/routing servers and media and signaling gateways.
“Forward-looking customers are seeking the flexibility and capability of virtualization so they can simply and effectively deploy fully-featured security and intelligence features into their voice and video networks with the same high performance and reliability as hardware,” said David Tipping, vice president and general manager of Products, Sonus. “Sonus’ history is built on bridging technology transitions and we are privileged to contribute to the industry-led NFV reference platform through the OPNFV Project.”
The OPNFV community is currently working on the project’s first code release slated for 2015. Anyone can participate in the open source community, regardless of affiliation or location. Technology contributions, concepts or ideas can be shared here. Join the discussions, listen to the debates and contribute to the advancement of open source NFV.