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OpenNFV Partner Program Enables vCPE Lab Testing


In HP OpenNFV Labs, we and our partners test applications to make sure they run as expected on our reference architecture. We provide a testing center where partners can test a set of critical applications simultaneously to make sure they are ready to be deployed in carrier networks on a shared NFV infrastructure. Each partner VNF is then validated at either a silver, gold, or platinum level. Click here to learn more about the different validations.


In this blog we will be highlighting four of our OpenNFV partners that have tested their vCPE VNFs in our labs. Virtual CPE is an alternative way of delivering broadband services to subscribers where most of the CPE functions are pulled in to the operator's network and located near the service edge.



As stated by Michael Worlund, Technical Director at Kemp, “testing in the HP OpenNVF Lab environment was simple and straightforward. We received very god support during the process of validating three of our virtual network functions (VNFs). The WebUI of HP OpenNFV environment provides rich user experience due to its minimalistic approach. It takes just a few simple steps to configure and spin up a VNF instance. Managing the VNF during its lifecycle is equally as simple. The HP OpenNFV WebUI has very friendly tabs that help you manage the compute, networking, and other parts of VNFs with ease.  During our testing, we have not encountered any bugs that would hinder our testing process. The performance that HP OpenNFV offers to the VNFs is very impressive. Overall, HP OpenNFV provides a very positive testing environment that is comparable, and in many cases superior to the hardware based environments.


The VNFs that KEMP tested in the OpenNFV environment were VLM, AFP, and GEO. Of these, the AFP is most appropriate for the vCPE environment. With the increase in layer 7 attacks against hosts today, it is becoming imperative to have application layer firewall functionality. In the past this may not have been possible simply due to the cost of such technology, and the requirement to have one on each customer premises. With the advent of vCPE however, this functionality can now reside in a datacenter and be used in support of the customer’s hosted environment, regardless of where it is located.


Because the KEMP VLM (virtual Load Masters) ADC provides NAT and many other functions, it too, should be a consideration for vCPE. All of the VNFs from KEMP are a CapEx advantage as they are significantly lower in price than their hardware counterparts. They also significantly reduce OpEx, especially for vCPE. Being located in a central place reduces truck roles to the customer location. These products are also highly available, resilient, and very easy to setup and maintain. Making them the best choice for layer 4-7 services for vCPE.



“The Brocade Virtual Traffic Manager has been optimizing application environments within the customers’ on-premise and cloud data centers worldwide. The performance, security focus and unique capacity management of the portfolio naturally aligns with the principles and benefits NFV has to offer. The collaboration with HP and its partner ecosystem, which includes Brocade’s software networking portfolio, ensures that solutions are developed with the customers’ goals in mind” shares Ashwin Krishnan, Senior Director of Product Management, Software Networking, at Brocade.


Brocade vADC products are a comprehensive application delivery controller solutions designed for virtual and cloud environments, with a unique architecture for on-demand deployment. Brocade vTM is the first Application Delivery Controller designed for any virtual or cloud environment. Brocade vTM allows Data Center users to take control of online applications, enhance customer experience, inspect traffic in real-time, control service levels to differentiate users and services, and reduce costs with an extensible delivery platform that can grow with business using ADC-as-a-Service.





“As the first Alteon NFV compliant software-based Load Balancer on the market, Alteon VA for NFV enables operators and carriers to realize NFV benefits with a high scale ADC software (VNF) and meet growing capacity needs alongside with reduced costs and increased service agility achieved through OpenStack integration.” – Ron Meyran, Director of Alliance Marketing at Radware.


vCPE enables to run Alteon load balancer instances in pass through mode and allocate physical CPUs per instance. A single Alteon load balancer instance can reach throughputs of up to 100Gbps, making it an ideal load balancer for NFV environments. The vCPE environment enables you to easily run multiple instances of Radware Alteon VA for NFV on HP vCPE. Ease of use is achieved thanks to vCPE native OpenStack integration that enables service insertion of load balancing functions per application and automation of application life cycle management.

Alteon VA for NFV is the industry-only application delivery controller (ADC) and load balancer designed to ensure application SLA. Alteon innovatively leverages several next-generation services that are not available in any other ADC on the market, bundling Web Performance Optimization (WPO), Application Performance Monitoring (APM), Web Application Firewall (WAF), Denial of Service protection and more. Unlike a standard, legacy load balancer that's based on a best-effort approach, it provides full application SLA assurance through reserving resources per application, allowing adding new services without performance penalty.




“The joint HP-RAD solution offers great flexibility so that service providers can fine-tune the vCPE implementation alternative that fits their exact performance, cost and security requirements. What’s more, CSPs can reduce their CPE footprint and simplify deployment and maintenance, so that they are better equipped to roll out new services quickly and make timely service modifications and upgrades. All this translates to a valuable competitive advantage, faster time to revenue and happier customers.” - Isaac (Tzachi) Mandelblit, Corporate Strategic Alliances Manager at RAD.


HP and RAD offer a unique take on vCPE (Virtual Customer Premises Equipment) with a joint solution that brings RAD’s award winning Distributed NFV products into HP’s OpenNFV architecture. The result is a single, integrated platform at the customer edge with a variety of embedded and virtualized capabilities that address specific needs of business service providers. HP’s Huston lab team has successfully tested RAD’s ETX-2i L2/L3 NID with built-in x86 virtualization engine for hosting VNFs, such as the HP VSR, using HP’s NFV Director to handle all aspects of service and VNF provisioning, management and orchestration. Further testing will focus on a solution option with the MiNID miniature pluggable L2/L3 NID working together with an HP server to provide network connectivity and service demarcation.

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