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Understanding OPNFV

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Understanding OPNFV 13 Foreword Since its founding in September 2014, the OPNFV project has been on an extraordinary journey. Watching our community embrace open source, execute multiple releases, and grow ever more mature in how we approach our upstream communities and our own activities has given me high confidence in our industry, our capabilities, and our commitment to transforming networking. Working side-by-side with NFV end users gives us extraordinary insight into the real-world challenges of NFV deployments along with the many opportunities of evolving toward a software defined future. Through this ongoing and active collaboration, OPNFV facilitates the development and evolution of open source NFV across the industry via integrated testing of the next-generation networking stack. It's a formidable and inspiring challenge that is producing real business value to NFV end users, technology providers and individuals alike. Participation in OPNFV is open to anyone, whether you are an employee of a member company or just passionate about network transformation. Reading this book will provide you with a solid foundation of open source NFV, the OPNFV project and community, as well as connect the dots on where you fit in and how you can benefit. The journey toward NFV is as much a cultural transformation of people and processes as it is any specific technology, and I welcome you to our vibrant, agile, and continuously improving community. We hope you'll join us for the journey ahead. Heather Kirksey Director, OPNFV April 2017

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