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Enea, Korea Telecom, SK Telecom, Spirent and Xilinx Join the OPNFV Project to advance NFV evolution

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The OPNFV Project—a community-led, industry-supported, open-source reference platform for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)—today announced that Enea, Korea Telecom, SK Telecom, Spirent and Xilinx have joined the project to advance the industry's first integrated, open-source NFV platform. NFV is a networking architectural concept that does for networks what virtualization did for servers and other computing hosts: a virtualized network function consists of one or more virtual machines implementing network-related processes and running on top of industry-standard high-volume servers, switches, networked storage systems, or even cloud computing infrastructure. NFV examples include virtualized load balancers, firewalls, intrusion-detection devices, and WAN accelerators. The advantage of NFV is that it exploits programmable hardware to create flexible execution environments that can dynamically serve networking loads and varying applications as needs change without the need to uninstall old hardware and install new.


OPNFV (Open Platform for NFV) is working to establish 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 networking components. Because multiple open-source NFV building blocks already exist, OPNFV will work with upstream projects and other standards bodies to coordinate continuous integration and testing while filling existing technological gaps.