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Understanding OPNFV

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Understanding OPNFV 61 OpenStack Foundation). OpenStack, one of the largest open source projects in the world, is a seven-year-old project and its 15th release, Ocata, was developed by 1,925 community members from 285 organizations. Sponsors include Platinum members such as AT&T, Canonical, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Rackspace, Red Hat and SUSE, as well as a large number of Gold and other sponsors. In a recent Heavy Reading survey, 86% of global telecoms stated that OpenStack is either important or essential to their success, and over 60% are also using or testing OpenStack for NFV. Perhaps more interesting, over 21% of those surveyed, plan to get OpenStack as part of OPNFV! OpenStack itself is an umbrella project, with numerous projects underneath. A detailed description of each project is outside the scope of this book, but the core services are as follows. Interestingly, there are some OpenStack projects that are relevant to NFV, but not integrated into OPNFV at this time; the last column shows if the project has been integrated or not. OpenStack Core Projects Service Project Integrated in OPNFV? Compute Nova Yes Block Storage Cinder Yes Networking (full SDN controller or just an API layer) Neutron Yes Identity Keystone Yes Image Service Glance Yes Object Storage (API layer and software- defined storage) Swift Optional OpenStack includes numerous optional projects, and several of them are relevant to NFV.

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