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HP Plays Leading Role in New Open Platform for NFV Project


The Linux Foundation today announced the founding of the Open Platform for NFV Project (OPNFV). As part of HP’s continuing commitment to open standards, and thru its existing HP OpenNFV program, HP is playing a leading role as a founding platinum member of OPNFV. Furthermore, Dr. Prodip Sen, CTO, NFV Business Unit, HP, will serve as the project’s board chair. A thought leader in the NFV space, Sen also served as the first chair of the ETSI Industry Specification Group (ISG) for Network Functions Virtualization, elected in January 2013.


OPNFV will be a carrier-grade, integrated, open source reference platform intended to accelerate the introduction of new products and services. The initial project objectives are to:

  • develop an integrated and tested open source platform that can be used to investigate and demonstrate core NFV functionality;
  • include proactive participation of leading end users to validate that OPNFV meets the needs of the end user community;
  • contribute to and participate in relevant open source projects that will be leveraged in the OPNFV reference platform;
  • establish an open ecosystem for NFV solutions based on open standards and open source software; and
  • promote OPNFV as the preferred open reference platform.

“With OPNFV, we are attempting to create a new approach to networking standardization,” said Dr. Prodip Sen. “Rather than relying on an extended standardization process followed by implementation, we are pursuing an iterative model, with an open source framework serving as the standardization mechanism. The shared implementation experience of users and vendors should foster interoperability and accelerate adoption and deployment of NFV. Our expertise in SDN and NFV, and our participation in other open source projects, will help us contribute significantly to this effort.”


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Marc Motzer works for HP in the NFV Business Unit and helps drive the overall marketing strategy. Marc is a social media professional.

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