The OPNFV Project, an open source project that is a part of The Linux Foundation and focuses on the development and evolution of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), has announced the new OPNFV Verified Program (OVP), which should simplify adoption in commercial NFV products.
The Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV), in addition to the ETSI Industry Specification Group for Network Functions Virtualization (ISG NFV), has been working hard in enhancing some of the key NFV components, including the NFV Infrastructure (NFVI) and Virtualized Infrastructure Management (VIM), by integrating them in projects like the OpenDaylight, ONOS, OpenStack, Ceph, KVM, Open vSwitch and Linux.
As of 2014, when it was created, the OPNFV managed to gather over 600 developers, many big names as members, including AT&T, Cisco, Ericsson, HPE, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Nokia, Red Hat, ZTE, and others and, in 2017, has finally got to a place where it can fully address the original goals set by the group.
The new OPNFV Verified Program (OVP) is basically a verification and testing program for vendors and suppliers that are creating systems consistent with the OPNFV reference platform. Such program should provide better interoperability between open source NFV components as well as allow end users to get a clearer picture of the actual capabilities of products and services available for a specific network.
According to OPNFV, its member, which include network operators, established a framework and agreed on an initial set of capabilities that will help operators establish entry criteria for POCs (Proof of Concepts) and RFPs (Request for Proposals). The program includes both vendor self-testing and third-party testing and in the initial version, it will focus on NFV infrastructure components and features, including NFVI, VIM, underlying cloud infrastructure, basic packet forwarding, IPv6, and VPN.
OPNFV was keen to note that the program will evolve in future to include VNFs and other components as more capabilities and test cases are added.
Chris Donley, Senior Director for Open Source Ecosystems at Huawei and Chair at the OPNFV Committee, said that they conducted a beta program with several vendors, including Huawei, Nokia, Wind River, and ZTE, and has invited operators, vendors and developers to share their use cases, functional requirements, and test commercial offerings.
OPNFV has launched a dedicated page for the OPNFV Verified Program where there is plenty more information.