The open source project OPNFV today delivered its third platform release, dubbed Colorado. OPNFV facilitates the development of network functions virtualization (NFV) components through integration, deployment, and testing.
The Colorado release includes security enhancements as well as improvements for IPv6, service function chaining, VPN capabilities, and support for multiple hardware architectures.
Key enhancements available in OPNFV Colorado include:
- Enhanced security by earning the Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) Badge for best practices in open source development. Additionally, OPNFV’s Moon project has been prototyping identity federation and management for OpenStack and OpenDaylight.
- Service function chaining now runs across multiple nodes and includes installer support for virtual network functions (VNF) Manager (OpenStack Tacker) installation and support for enhanced cloud scenarios.
- Improved IPv6 support, which includes IPv6-only deployments, full underlay and overlay support, and integration with additional installation tools.
- The enablement of full Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN support, including BGP peering, in the software-defined networking (SDN) VPN project.
- Full support for multiple hardware architectures, including both ARM and x86 architectures.
Additionally, OPNFV is working to expand its community. It’s created working groups across management and network orchestration (MANO), infrastructure, security, and testing.
According to OPNFV, Colorado sets the stage for significant new work in the MANO area including efforts focused on VNF on-boarding and increased continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) practices with upstream communities.