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HP Helion Carrier Grade OpenStack (HCG) for NFV in OpenStack Summit, Tokyo


OpenStack Summit in Tokyo starts on the 27th of October and HP OpenNFV is geared up to showcase HP Helion OpenStack Carrier Grade Technical Demos once again after the last summit in Vancouver. HCG is currently on a stable release of version 1.1.


Conforming to the ETSI model, the HP OpenNFV architecture (below) is based on a layered approach that allows customers to incrementally add functionality and also gives them the openness and flexibility to work with platforms and solutions from different vendors at each layer. In this architecture, HCG provides the capabilities of VIM (Virtual Infrastructure Manager) within that layer. 



[HP NFV Reference Architecture]



In a typical NFV architecture, the VIM orchestrates the resources of a virtualized pool of physical infrastructure (servers, storage, and networking) to host virtual network functions (VNFs) on an NFV Infrastructure as a Service (NFVIaaS) platform. Of late, the OpenStack community has shown immense interest in NFV and its use cases, to see how OpenStack can enable Communication Service Providers’ or CSPs’ (Telcos in short) requirements for NFV. Although it is an early stage for NFV, OpenStack has been an area of great interest for CSPs due to the openness, agility, cost benefits, scalable architecture, integration capabilities and other known benefits OpenStack provides.


Deploying a carrier grade, production-ready VIM to manage an NFV platform requires the successful integration of many core technologies that are outside the realm of the OpenStack project. Some key examples include the host operating system (e.g: Linux), Server Virtualization (KVM), Machine Emulator (QEMU), Network Virtualization (vSwitch and SDN controllers), Software Installer and cloud lifecycle management framework, fault tolerance, performance management, and high-availability framework for the OpenStack control plane and the NFVI layer. HCG (Helion Carrier Grade OpenStack) fulfills these requirements with three key things: Carrier Grade Linux, Carrier Grade KVM and Carrier Grade Virtual Switching. 


Additionally HCG also consists of Helion LifeCycle Manager (Software Lifecycle Manager and Installer), DCN SDN solution, ELK (Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana), HP StoreVirtual VSA etc. Here’s HCG Functional Architecture:


At Tokyo OpenStack Summit, HP will show the HP Helion Carrier Grade OpenStack (HCG) with a set of new scenarios for OpenStack enthusiasts, as well as CSPs who are interested to see what Carrier Grade OpenStack means and also how OpenStack can enable the VIM capabilities for NFV. These are some of the interesting scenarios that are going to be demonstrated at OpenStack Summit, Tokyo showing HP Helion Carrier Grade OpenStack:  


  1. Compute Node Redundancy: In this scenario we show that HCG's Carrier Grade Compute Nodes powered with Carrier Grade KVM are redundant meaning if a HCG Compute Node gets rebooted for some reason, all the VMs that are hosted on this node will automatically be failed over to another available Compute Node. This is an exciting feature in KVM (only available with Carrier Grade KVM in HCG) and brings in similar capabilities that the proprietary VMware vSphere HA has been known for. 
  2. Controller Node Redundancy: Here we show how the "Active" status of Controller automatically shifts to another available Controller Node when the current active Controller Node fails or gets rebooted.
  3. VNF Autorecovery: In this use case it is shown when a process of a VNF stops responding, HCG will automatically reboot the VNF to do an auto-recovery operation.
  4. Live VM Migration: Here it is shown how a Live Migration can be made possible even in KVM with HCG's Carrier Grade KVM.
  5. VNF CPU/Memory Scaling: In this use case we show horizontal and vertical CPU scaling & memory scaling can be made possible with HP Helion Carrier Grade OpenStack.
  6. Helion Life Cycle Management: Using automation/template driven orchestration we show how patch management process for OpenStack nodes can be easily achieved in production environments.

Apart from these demos, there will be lots of interesting discussions around OpenStack, NFV, Carrier Grade OpenStack, HP OpenNFV, HP Helion etc. Have a great summit and see you at HP NFV booth



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