The 1st Orange ONAP OpenLab platform

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As a founding and Platinum member of the Linux Foundation Networking, Orange committed to provide resources for the community both with human resources and technical platform. Orange deployed a first ONAP platform end of 2017 mainly to evaluate and test the Amsterdam Release. This ONAP OpenLab was built on top of existing OPNFV community labs. In February 2018, Orange officially opened the platform to ONAP community members. This Orange ONAP OpenLab platform is based on the full ONAP Release Amsterdam including all the components.

Heavy Reading: Open Source Networking Survey Report

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Light Reading/Heavy Reading and Linux Foundation Networking are very excited to present the results of a study we executed in collaboration with our sponsors. We joined forces to deliver a multi-faceted look at the open networking technologies and solutions that will help telecom and cloud service providers transform their networks to achieve greater agility and flexibility.

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ETSI NFV Plugtests™ and OPNFV Plugfest Joint Report

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Results and Lessons from the third ETSI NFV Plugtests and fifth OPNFV Plugfest held from 29 May to 8 June 2018

The third ETSI NFV Plugtests and fifth OPNFV Plugfest were colocated at the ETSI campus in Sophia Antipolis, France. The ETSI Plugtests spanned over two weeks from May 29-June 8, 2018, while the OPNFV Plugfest coincided with the second week of the ETSI Plugtests. The focus of this joint event was to bring commercial vendors and open source community members together to perform end-to-end network service testing, integration with OPNFV Fraser release, and foster collaboration between the OPNFV and ETSI NFV industry specification group (ISG) communities. The combined event was attended by 105 people, with additional remote attendees, from 55 organizations that included 9 end user companies and 14 research/not-for-profit organizations.

An important outcome of the joint event was collaboration across communities. Joint activities between ETSI NFV and OPNFV ranged from MANO API testing, Open Source MANO (OSM) project integration, service function chaining (SFC) testing, review of the upcoming TST009 (NFVI benchmarking) and TST010 (MANO API conformance testing) ETSI specifications, and running OPNFV Dovetail tests against four commercial NFVI/VIM offerings.

LF Networking Member Guide

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The LFN Member Guide was written to provide members with a complete reference guide to the LF Networking community. In it, you will learn how to engage with your communities of interest, about all the different ways you can contribute to LF Networking, and how to get help when you need it. It’s also a useful reference for non-member contributors to the various technical projects to better understand how LF Networking is structured and operates. Please direct any questions or feedback to:

The Future of Networking Podcast

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On August 1st, 2018, Arpit Joshipura, GM for Networking & Orchestration at The Linux Foundation, participated in a podcast with Packet Pushers:

Show 400: The Future Of Networking With Arpit Joshipura – Open Networking

In this podcast, Arpit covers the differences between ‘open’ and ‘open source,’ how and where those initiatives converge, the value proposition for open networking and open source, how open networking might influence network design, and more.

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Blog: Embracing Openness to Power Future Network Services

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The exponential Internet traffic growth is still one of the main challenges for the Telco industry. In the past, Moore’s Law has helped us to keep our production cost for the exponentially growing traffic under control. With Moore’s Law flattening out, we see a strong trend in the industry towards the disaggregation of hardware and software. From monolithic black-box solutions, we are moving towards a modular, best-in-class, flexible and open ecosystem, including an automated lifecycle management in true DevOps style. None of the Telcos can do this on their own – the success of this industry depends on collaboration.

Beside its engagement in the Telecom Infra Project (, Deutsche Telekom has now joined the Linux Foundation as a Silver member, and The Linux Foundation Networking Fund (LFN) as a Platinum member to drive the development of open source software for the telecommunication market. Existing projects like ONAP,, Open Daylight as well as upcoming projects on Edge Computing and AI are important for our success.

After all, open source is about community. So, together with the worldwide open source community, we look forward to contributing to solve the greatest technology challenges around virtualization, as well as evaluating the potential to incorporate open source code into our networks. As founding member of O-RAN, we are already leading the drive to introduce more openness and flexibility into the radio access domain, and participating also in ONF for an enhanced network programmability within our infrastructure. Joining the LFN now complements Deutsche Telekom’s embrace of open source software as a key technology in our architectural vision for future networks.

The work in ONAP, together with our activities in ETSI-ZSM, will lead the industry towards a fully automated network and service management. One thing is very clear to me: Intelligent and automated networks will be the critical success factor to leverage the full benefits of 5G, for our customers, both consumers and verticals. And we believe in joining forces with partners in the industry to bring in innovation and accelerate the path to this shared future!

Solution Brief: A Virtual Central Office Results in Reduced Total Cost of Ownership

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Central offices (COs) provide critical access/aggregation networking services (e.g. for cable, fiber, DSL, wireless customers) and there are more than 10,000 COs in the United States alone. Network services in a central office have traditionally been built using proprietary, complex and single-function boxes but that is changing with the advent of the virtual Central Office (VCO) that brings service agility, improved customer experience, and a significant reduction in costs. Using a OPNFV Enterprise VCO concept first demonstrated at the OPNFV Summit — and run through a TCO calculator from Intel — a new Solution Brief has been developed that shows how CSPs can deliver network services to their customers at up to 43% lower total cost of ownership (TCO).