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New Testing Grounds Granted to OPNFV 'Colorado'

September 30, 2016

“How do I get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.” While this rings resoundingly true with performers, it also correlates to what we are experiencing in virtualization development. Network function virtualization is taking flight, but a key component to its success is testing – as another old saying goes “Practice makes perfect.” At a time when software-based solutions are coming to market faster than ever, before entering the fray of this maturing market, doing one’s due diligence to ensure the best possible result is not a bad idea.

Enea, a provider of software services and platforms, announced this week that its Pharos lab is now open to OPNFV Colorado software testing and validation for OPNFV members. The OPNFV platform is now in its third iteration, “Colorado,” and the first release to provide commercial grade quality and functionality, as the primary purpose of the OPNFV open source platform is to aid in bringing to market new and innovative NFV services and products.

Pharos community labs play a crucial role in the success of the OPNFV project; because it is geographically and technically diverse, the labs ensure an ecosystem focused approach. As a result, OPNFV remains vendor and architecture neutral, maintaining a focus on furthering development in the space.

“Enea is a committed contributor to the OPNFV community and launched the first ARM based Pharos Lab last year to enable cross-platform flexibility and architectural choice to the ecosystem”, said Daniel Forsgren, SVP Product Management. “Our Colorado integration delivers an NFV-ready infrastructure configuration, which makes it easier for users to take their functions and services to market faster - on a variety of hardware architectures.”

Virtualization is most definitely a viable networking option moving forward, and as software continues to feast on the world, this reality will only come to fruition on the backs of pioneers in the space. Test on.

Edited by Alicia Young

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