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Understanding OPNFV

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Understanding OPNFV 48 points of view and take the best practices from all three. ● Testing the stack: Finally, the stack composed from multiple projects has to be tested. While open source projects do some level of testing, it is generally limited to the scope of their own project, and no one project is going to take ownership of testing the newly composed stack – nor is any one community going to test for NFV-centric attributes. ● Getting end user feedback: Unless an open source project targets a particular use case, it is difficult to get in-depth user participation, which is so critical for any project to succeed. These are some of the reasons OPNFV was created. What is OPNFV? OPNFV stands for Open Platform for Networks Functions Virtualization. The project was formed in September 2014, and is housed under the auspices of the Linux Foundation. Initially OPNFV's main goal was to develop an integrated and tested open source platform on which to build NFV functionality. The current mission according to the OPNFV website is: Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) facilitates the development and evolution of NFV components across various open source ecosystems. Through system level integration, deployment and testing, OPNFV creates a reference NFV platform to accelerate the transformation of enterprise and service provider networks. OPNFV builds the end-to-end stack to support NFV with verified capabilities and characteristics, establishes agile reference methodologies (requirements, documentation and propagation; continuous integration, testing, and continuous delivery), and offers a process and supporting tools for testing and validating NFVI and MANO products and solutions. OPNFV responds to the four driving factors directly by organizing its project around the following three pillars, and by consciously including end users as key contributors.

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