OPNFV Summit: Are We Moving Too Fast?

Peter Jarich

Peter Jarich

Summary Bullets:

  • Blowing through attendance expectations, the inaugural OPNFV Summit pointed to the distinct market interest in driving NFV platform innovation and interoperability
  • Attendance and participation also help to highlight the key vendors driving the OPNFV effort forward
  • In an effort to maintain OPNFV’s relevance, engagement around strategic technologies – containers, open data plane, analytics – is promising
  • Where many operators are just beginning to embark on their NFV strategy, it may be too much to expect operators to fully embrace these technologies in the near-term

Amongst all the different industry organizations and open-source initiatives trying to drive SDN and NFV forward, it might be easy to overlook OPNFV; it’s one of the newer organizations and a focus on the foundational aspect of NFV platforms isn’t as sexy as SDN controller or VNF development. That 700+ attendees showed up for the initial OPNFV Summit from November 9th to 12th, however, is a testament to the fact that it’s not actually getting overlooked by vendors, operators and industry watchers focused on NFV. Read more of this post

“It’s Telecom, Jim, but Not as We Know It”

David Snow

David Snow

Summary Bullets:

  • Telecoms announcements these days are routinely full of VoLTE rollouts and NFV implementation headlines.
  • However, below the headlines, two recent announcements from Africa were subtly different and perhaps all the more significant for it.

Apparently the phrase from which this blog title was adapted – “It’s life, Jim, but not as we know it” – wasn’t actually said in the Star Trek series, but subsequently misattributed. Perhaps it caught on because the phrase aptly captures the sense of surprise when something familiar, yet not quite the same, is encountered. Read more of this post