Automated NFV security scans in OPNFV continuous integration

At the OPNFV Summit in Berlin, I explained how the OPNFV Security group has integrated security scans in the Continuous Integration  (CI) process. This means that now the Platform Build Tests execute automatic vulnerability checks on the multiple integration environments deployed worldwide as part of the Pharos labs. Here’s a video of the presentation we gave at the summit.

My colleague, Marcos (and co-author of this post) explains the OPNFV Security group’s mission: Improve OPNFV security through architecture recommendations, better documentation, code reviews, upstream collaboration, vulnerability management and security research. It provides an umbrella group to encourage development of security-centric functions within the OPNFV ecosystem and the upstream communities to handle vulnerability and threats in a coordinated manner.

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Is NFV ready for containers?

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is in full swing at telcos and large enterprises. The idea is simple: to virtualize network capabilities previously run on appliances or dedicated devices on to general-purpose server hardware. The economies of scale using general purpose compute infrastructure seem to, at least in principle, far outweigh the deployment on appliances or dedicated proprietary devices.

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Telco opportunities abound at Red Hat Summit 2016.

Red Hat Summit, held June 27-30 in San Francisco, Calif., is all about open source, and virtually every industry will have something to take away from this year’s program which features nearly 250 sessions. Telecommunications will be no exception. Just consider who’s attending. Across industries, around 65 percent of attendees are either systems administrations, engineers or architects. By industry, nearly 6 percent work in telecommunications.

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Deploying a scalable virtualized mobile infrastructure on OpenStack: A use case

The traffic on mobile telecom networks continues to grow rapidly, driven by demand for mobile data and video content. Globally, mobile data traffic is expected to grow tenfold from 2014 to 2019, according to the Cisco Visual Networking Index. These networks no longer just support people, they also have to support the Internet of Things (IoT) and new applications such as virtual reality. Usage is unpredictable, so the infrastructure has to be elastic and far more scalable. Mobile operators want to be able to deliver agile, robust services that successfully meet that demand. One way to do that is to transition from the traditional, purpose-built and hardware-based mobile packet cores to open, virtualized solutions based on NFV. To get it right, operators need operator/carrier-class solutions that are scalable, manageable and cost-effective.

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Moving toward continuous delivery in SDN and NFV projects.

Continuous delivery (CD) is an approach in software development and engineering that enables building, testing and releasing software at a faster pace. This process makes a lot of sense for software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) as industry contributors are on a fast pace in developing software that accelerates innovation. CD is a particularly interesting approach for Open Platform for Network Functions Virtualization (OPNFV) because OPNFV is complex and requires integrating many components from upstream projects such as Linux, OpenStack, Ceph Storage, KVM hypervisor, QEMU libvirt, DPDK, OVS and OpenDayLight SDN controller.

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Join Red Hat to create a truly open source automation solution.

It’s always exciting to take concepts and ideas and turn them into working solutions. That’s what Red Hat is doing now–with an NFV demo at this year’s OPNFV Summit in Germany. Our demo, based on ManageIQ and taking place at the Red Hat booth – B09, is a blueprint for building an open source carrier-class Cloud Management Platform (CMP), including NFV Orchestrator (NFVO) capabilities, that supports orchestration/automation of modern cloud-native applications as well as network services that require specific telco features. We are inviting solution providers and telcos to join us for this important industry initiative, which Red Hat VP and chief technologist Chris Wright is highlighting during his keynote at the summit.

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How to start a successful journey with Open Platform for NFV.

One of the key goals of NFV is to decouple network functions from dedicated and proprietary platforms so that carriers can benefit from higher efficiencies, reduced costs, and accelerated time-to-market for new services. The ability to deploy Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs) on commodity hardware and open source platform enables operators to more easily use best-of-breed vendors without vendor lock-in.

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Red Hat takes the stage at OPNFV Summit 2016.

The four-day OPNFV Summit 2016, held June 20-23 in Berlin, Germany, was packed full of information, insights, demonstrations and more. Hosted by the Linux Foundation, the conference is designed to foster collaboration, innovation and exploration of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) by bringing together developers, end users, and upstream communities working to advance open source NFV. Red Hat was a platinum sponsor this year, and a number of our executives, engineers and developers participated. Presentations are now posted, and you can watch videos of full presentations at the links we’ve included below. 

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Read It: The difference between ‘open’ and ‘open source’

When it comes to hardware and software, single-vendor, proprietary solutions are fewer and farther between. Now more and more companies are moving to best-of-breed models with the hopes of modernizing their IT infrastructure and reducing costs. In response, the industry has responded with “open” solutions designed to be interoperable. But what does open mean, and how is it different from open source? In an article I wrote, posted recently by IDG Connect, I explain some of the important differences.

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