ADVA Optical Networking has officially joined the Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV), helping to accelerate the development and adoption of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). The OPNFV's community is composed of a broad range of service providers, hardware manufacturers and software vendors, including AT&T, IBM and Juniper Networks that aims to develop an integrated open source platform that can be used to build the NFV functionality.
ADVA Optical Networking's OPNFV membership is the latest in a series of NFV-focused announcements that showcase the company's commitment to the technology. In addition to a number of demonstrations that showed how NFV could be used to develop virtual customer premise equipment solutions and virtualized radio access backhaul networks, ADVA Optical Networking also recently revealed its long-term NFV strategy. This strategy is focused on the expansion of its best-in-breed ADVA FSP 150 Carrier Ethernet portfolio and will include a number of new Network Interface Devices (NIDs). These new NIDs will become a vital aspect of the OPNFV's activities as it seeks to fully highlight the benefits of true NFV-centric networks, said ADVA.
Christoph Glingener, CTO, ADVA Optical Networking
The transition from vendor-specific, monolithic networks to open architecture requires clear collaboration and communication throughout the entire ecosystem. It's critical that there are no silos, no fragments. That's why we're part of the OPNFV. We believe in working together to develop open source platforms that can help the entire community. With such a collaborative approach we'll move forward quicker and with greater success.
Heather Kirksey, Director, OPNFVl
Communication service providers are eager to benefit from speed of innovation, cost efficiency and flexibility of NFV based on carrier-grade, integrated, open-source platforms. Various open source components have emerged from the work of different standards developing organizations (SDOs) and focusing on the consistency, performance and interoperability is key to the success of NFV. We're excited to have ADVA Optical Networking bring their expertise in building VNF infrastructures (NFVI) and its commitment to open-source for orchestrating NFV infrastructures, to our community. We look forward to their contributions in assuring a seamless integration of NFVI in OPNFV.