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OpenStack Summit Sessions: Telco Strategies


As mentioned in a previous post, the OpenStack community is now voting on submitted talks for the upcoming Summit in Paris.  I have broken the submissions down into separate blogs to make it easier to find the available HP Helion submitted talks for your voting consideration.



OpenStack Interoperability for hosting multiple NFV workloads  

With the current industry momentum around Network Function Virtualization (NFV)and OpenStack technologies, Verizon’s New Product Development team has created the NGN Lab to evaluate the use of OpenStack as the Virtual Infrastructure Manager (VIM) for various NFV efforts. The primary charter of this lab is to provide a multi-vendor heterogeneous platform to support multiple concurrent Virtual Network Function (VNF) development efforts. 

This session will provide an overview of the modular architecture developed for the lab that provides heterogeneity throughout the technology stack that includes infrastructure (servers, storage & networking), virtual infrastructure management (OpenStack and various hypervisors) and NFV orchestration software. While detailing the architecture, we will share the challenges and lessons learned during the process.


Stacking Bad – Tales from the NFV lab: Enabling VLAN-aware-VMs in the field  

The HP NFV Labs team has built a prototype to enable OpenStack VMs to be VLAN-aware. Join us for a session where the HP NFV Labs team will explain the design considerations, alternate methods and do a deep-dive on the implementation with possible future enhancements. This session hopes to have a live demo of the functionality and discuss how this can be aligned with community efforts around VLAN-aware-VMs. 

A standard compute host in a Telco environment might need to listen on tens of networks to provide the network function it deploys. In a traditional Telco world, this is accomplished by using 802.1q VLANs over Ethernet. This can be accomplished on bare-metal hosts in various ways depending on the Operating System. KVM allows users to accomplish this on standard compute VMs deployed on the compute hosts. As of the Icehouse release, OpenStack VMs are not VLAN-aware. 

Since OpenStack allows the administrator to deploy VLAN networks, this functionality is available to an extent to all the compute VMs created. However, the limitation on the number of vNICs that KVM can support requires that the compute VMs use 801.1q VLANs to provide the connectivity needed for the VM to perform its network function.


Stacking Bad – Tales from the NFV lab: Enabling OpenStack to build Virtualized Network Functions

The charter of HP’s NFV Lab is to work with customers in building and deploying NFV enabled prototypes by leveraging OpenStack, and developing additional functionality when required to address stringent Telco requirements. In this session, experts from HP’s NFV Labs will walk through some of the key NFV requirements and how they have been implemented via native OpenStack means or by developing new functionality. This session will also discuss some of the critical needs for Telco customers that OpenStack would have to meet as NFV expands further into the Telco domain. Join us to find out some of the much sought-after functions needed by NEPs and CSPs, how OpenStack can help in building a NFV compliant environment and how OpenStack is deployed within the NFV Lab.Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is actively gaining ground among Telco Network Equipment Providers (NEPs) and Communication Service Providers (CSPs) alike. The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has defined a logical architecture for an NFV deployment in which the Virtual Infrastructure layer is a key component. OpenStack is becoming the Virtual Infrastructure Manager (VIM) of choice among Telco NEPs and CSPs due to its modular architecture, community contributions and rich set of functionality. NFV deployments require a number of additional characteristics over any standard enterprise virtualization deployment. Availability in the 5 9s, Resiliency, Orchestration, Event Correlation and many other features are critical for an NFV deployment. With a diverse set of resources, OpenStack provides a number of ways to achieve a portion of the critical needs out of the box. For a number of other features, OpenStack needs to be creatively deployed or enhanced to make it Telco-grade.






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