Predictability of execution and success is a key area of difference. While my home team of the Boys in Green (Republic of Ireland) may have scored a truly memorable win against reigning world champions Germany last winter, this one success is unfortunately not a reliable predictor for winning Euro 2016.
On the other hand, the increasing maturity in project planning and code realization within OPNFV is becoming a predictor of its future success. As showcased by the Brahmaputra and the upcoming Colorado releases, I believe that OPNFV is truly hitting its stride as a reliable source of NFV innovation. As a case in point, the interoperability and test results of the recent OPNFV plugfest at CableLabs delivered tangible proof for the project’s traction among leading communication service providers and telecommunications equipment manufacturers.
Intel’s Commitment to OPNFV
Intel continues to be committed to contribute to progressing OPNFV in a number of meaningful ways in 2016:
- Together with new partners such as Nokia, we will continue to invest into the Pharos infrastructure and associated plugfests to validate the interoperability of the different code contributions to OPNFV on the latest standard high volume server platforms.
- Working with a broad industry alliance of community members to create benchmark tests for NFV.
- Contributing engineering resources to performance (e.g. vSwitch optimizations), service assurance (e.g. Doctor) and test (e.g. Yardstick, Dovetail) projects. Service assurance in particular is a relatively new but critical area for the OPNFV community, and I would like to encourage all interested community members to collaborate with Intel in the Doctor and Software Fastpath Quality Metrics(SFQM) projects to address this challenging topic.
Extending OPNFV’s scope beyond NFV infrastructure to include Management and Orchestration (MANO) is one of the future vectors for extending the technical scope of the midstream project. MANO is also an opportunity to showcase OPNFV’s winning formula for planning a well thought-out integration with nascent upstream projects. After all, the alignment around common information and data models to facilitate the predictable on-boarding of Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) is a goal many of us in the OPNFV community share.
I look forward to engaging with the OPNFV community during the summit in this beautiful city; to discuss new goals for OPNFV at the Intel booth and during my upcoming keynote, and of course to jointly celebrate goals on the football pitch.