Source: CENGN

Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN) Ushered in as the First Associate Member of OPNFV, Enabling NFV Collaboration with Telecom Giants

Ottawa, Canada, November 12, 2015 – CENGN, Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (NGN), a leader in the rapid commercialization of NGN products, applications and services, today announced its appointment as the first Associate Member of Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) during its first OPNFV Summit in San Francisco, California.  A collaborative and open source project at The Linux Foundation, OPNFV aims to accelerate the introduction of new network functions virtualization (NFV) products and services.  CENGN’s associate membership will enable the organization to contribute new technology, training and technical services to the OPNFV community, and collaborate on new commercial NFV solutions with some of the largest networking players in the world.   Moreover, it will enable CENGN and its community of Canadian NGN companies to further capitalize on the global SDN and NFV market, which is expected to exceed $100 billion by 2020.

With more than 100 developers currently collaborating on open source NFV innovations to date, CENGN’s associate membership will facilitate international R&D collaboration with more than 55 global OPNFV members.  These include telecommunications giants such as AT&T, Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Cisco, Dell, Ericsson, HP, Intel, IBM and Juniper.  It will enable these organizations to leverage CENGN’s technical competencies and capabilities to advance their NFV R&D projects.  These include CENGN’s:

  • Proof of Concept (PoC) validation and hosting;
  • Physical and virtualized multivendor platform to test and validate SDN and NFV technologies, applications and services and;
  • Fully operational data centre running aproduction OpenStack environment with multiple connections to a real world WAN including a dark fibre connection that enables connectivity speeds of more than 100Gbps.

The OPNVF Board of Directors announced CENGN as its first associate members during its inaugural OPNFV Summit on November 12, 2015 in San Francisco, California.  CENGN is participating in the global conference, together with 12 Canadian member companies, and showcasing live demonstrations of the following two CENGN-supported Proof-of-Concept (PoC) projects:

“CENGN is very happy to join OPNFV as the first Associate Member,” said Ritch Dusome, President and CEO CENGN.  “Our team has followed the development of OPNFV for more than a year now, and we believe it is on track to make a significant impact in the SDN and NFV environment.  We look forward to contributing to OPNFV and its objectives, and adding value to its growing membership.  Building on our strengths, CENGN will investigate new features, functions and deployable OPNFV releases that can be integrated into our industry-led Proof-of-Concept projects. In addition, CENGN will further contribute to the OPNFV community by adding a Pharos CI Lab in our Data Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.”

“We are delighted to welcome CENGN as the first associate member of OPNFV,” said Margaret Chiosi, President of OPNFV and The Linux Foundation, and Distinguished Network Architect AT&T Labs.  “Associate membership requires significant technical contributions to the project. We are confident that CENGN will add significant value to the OPNFV community given its NGN expertise, technical competencies, and robust development and production environment.  This type of global collaboration is required to accelerate the development and introduction of new NFV products and services.”

“What we’re seeing is an incredibly broad swath of individuals and organizations interested in open source NFV, looking to make impactful contributions,” said Heather Kirksey, Director, OPNFV. “The Associate member level allows for a more diverse set of input into the project, and we are so pleased to welcome CENGN into the fold as the first Associate member. We’re looking forward to leveraging their rich testing capabilities and PoC projects to help advance open NFV.”

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About CENGN – Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks

Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN), is a consortium of industry, academic and research leaders dedicated to accelerating the commercialization of next generation communications solutions. CENGN’s internationally recognized testing centre employs interoperability between multiple software and hardware products. Our state of the art physical and virtual multi-vendor, test, certification and validation platform provides a unique environment to commercialize advanced products, applications and services.  Members include: Alcatel-Lucent, Allstream, BTI Systems, Cisco, EWA Canada, EXFO, Fujitsu, Invest Ottawa, Juniper, Mistral Ventures, Rogers, TELUS and Viavi. For more information visit www.cengn.ca

About Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV)

Open Platform for NFV is a carrier-grade, integrated, open source flexible platform intended to accelerate the introduction of new products and services using NFV. It brings together service providers, vendors and users to collaborate in an open forum on advancing the state-of-the-art in NFV. For more information, please visit: http://www.opnfv.org.  OPNFV is a Collaborative Project at The Linux Foundation. Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects are independently funded software projects that harness the power of collaborative development to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems. www.linuxfoundation.org

About the OPNFV Summit

The OPNFV Summit is a new annual conference designed to provide a collaboration and education space for innovators, developers, and end users of NFV. The summit brings together the community, projects, products, and companies in the networking industry that are accelerating NFV deployments. The summit will include a conference and developer hackfest. Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) is a carrier-grade, integrated, open source reference platform intended to accelerate the introduction of new products and services using Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). It brings together service providers, vendors and users to collaborate in an open forum on advancing the state-of-the-art in NFV.  For additional information on the OPNFV Summit, please visit: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/opnfv-summit/program/about

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