Red Hat takes the stage at the OPNFV Summit in China.

In mid-June, we’ll be joining thousands in China for The Linux Foundation’s OPNFV Summit to talk all things Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), in particular to accelerate the evolution of open source NFV and an integrated, open reference platform built by industry leaders and innovators. We at Red Hat believe that using this open reference platform will accelerate the NFV evolution. We hope you can join us at the JW Marriott in Beijing, China June 12-15.

Stop by our booth, G5, in the JW Marriott ballroom for a number of demos. Red Hat partners will be sharing demos in our booth, including Lenovo and Nokia, which is showcasing a full vCDN solution. Red Hat will be demonstrating a cloud-native approach to virtual customer premise equipment (vCPE), moving functions to the edge with the internet of things (IoT) and an open-designed SD-WAN.

OPNFV Summit brings together communities, developers and companies who are working to advance open source NFV. The event draws around 800 people from around the world to collaborate, innovate and explore the latest in NFV. The first two days of the summit feature a Design Summit where the OPNFV technical community will convene to continue working on the E-Release and have plenary sessions, project breakouts and social events. The next two days will feature a Summit Conference with keynotes, breakout sessions, a technology showcase and networking opportunities.

Red Hat is presenting a number of sessions geared toward the telecommunications market at OPNFV Summit this year:

Software-Defined Migration: How to migrate bunch of VMs and Volumes within a limited time frame

Presented by Kentaro Matsumoto, KDDI Corporation and Hyde Sugiyama, Red Hat

Wednesday, June 14 from 2:20 – 2:50 p.m. in Studio 4

As a telecom carrier, KDDI has been managing thousands of physical servers and running various kinds of workloads. In the operation of such a huge environment, KDDI is frequently required to shut down servers for maintenance, but it is not easy to negotiate with tenant users to allow downtime. To make it easier, KDDI is developing the structure called “Zone Migration,” using the framework of OpenStack project “Watcher.”  “Zone Migration” makes it possible to migrate tenants’ workloads from compute nodes and storage devices KDDI wants to maintain (source zone) to new blank ones (destination zone) efficiently, automatically, and with minimum downtime.

These requirements are realized:

A lot of VMs and volumes should be migrated within a limited time frame

Operations should be automated, but also can be controlled manually

Time and load of migration should be under control so that tenants’ systems will not be affected

KDDI is proceeding with the project in cooperation with NEC and Red Hat, and developing this structure on the Red Hat OpenStack Platform.

There are several use cases, in telecom or cloud service, to migrate huge amount of virtual machine (VM) volumes at one time for server maintenance, but there is no useful tool for such cases. In this session, we share the knowledge we tried to realize it. We evaluated and verified its use for our production environment, so the knowledge and know-how we obtained from our development and proof-of-concept (PoC) experiences are very powerful and valuable to many operators and users. For example, migration of volume is realized without using the vendor specific function of storage, so it can cope with multi-vendor heterogeneous environments. We are trying to contribute our implementations to the OpenStack “Watcher” project and its plugins, so that everyone can use it.


Crossing the River by Feeling the Stones: From Legacy to Cloud Native Applications

Presented by Doug Smith, Red Hat and Gergely Csatari, Nokia

Thursday, June 15 from 10:40 – 11:10 a.m. in Studio 1

There is an anecdote about a tourist lost in the middle of the countryside in Ireland, who pulls over and asks a local, “How can I get to Galway from here?” To which the local, after thinking for some time, responds, “If I was going to Galway, I wouldn’t start from here at all.”

Cloud native application development can feel like that sometimes, especially in the telecom industry. I have an application, it’s running fine on a bare metal server, and now I am expected to make it resilient, scale-out, cloud native, microservice architecture, buzzword compliant. But how do you get there from where you are?

This presentation will present the hero’s quest, identifying the key constraint to cloud resiliency at each stage, and identifying measures for addressing them. By showing the evolution story from the perspective of two applications, including a real telecom application, this presentation addresses the practical problems. The approach is not “rewrite your app from scratch”, it is refactoring for incremental improvements.

Doug and Gergely will address the automation of application deployment and configuration, separation of state from behaviour, clustering, handling storage for cloud native applications, monitoring and event management, and container orchestration, so that, at each step along the journey, you know what problem you are solving, and how to get to the next step from where you are.

This presentation is in addition to a series of workshops held at the summit sponsored by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation and organized by Dave Neary, and includes a short summary of the topics presented in those workshops in addition to the perspectives on how to complete the quest to cloud native applications.


Securing your Telco Cloud

Presented by Hwee Ming Ng and Abhilash Vijayakumary

Thursday, June 15 from 3:20 – 3:50 p.m. in Studio 4

Telco over cloud is rapidly changing the telecommunications industry landscape by introducing cloud computing, virtualization paradigms and software approaches already in use and mature in traditional IT environments. While designing the cloud solutions for telco infrastructure, understanding its information security risks and mitigation strategies are critical. Legacy approaches are inadequate, and this session intends to help the operators to build and approach a telco cloud solution with the right cloud security knowledge.

In this session, we intend to explain the principle technologies of telco cloud based systems and strategies for safeguarding/classifying data, ensuring privacy and ensuring compliance with regulatory agencies for telco operators. We will also describe the role of encryption in protecting data and specific strategies for key management as well as how to select an appropriate solution to specific business requirements which are in well alignment with cloud-based business continuity/disaster recovery strategies. We will also compare baseline and industry-standard best practices by doing risk assessments of existing and proposed cloud-based environments.

Additionally, the presentation will focus on specific technologies like virtual firewalls, security zones, virtual tenant networks and their mapping to various use cases/challenges which an operator faces while designing the telco cloud.


Challenges in positioning OpenStack for NFVi: Are we biting off more than we can chew?

Presented by Hwee Ming Ng and Sadique Puthen

Thursday, June 15 from 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. in Studio 4

Many service providers and communities like OPNFV see OpenStack as the preferred cloud IaaS platform for NFV. However, OpenStack was not designed with NFV in mind from day one, and brings a lot of challenges when adapting to telco environments. These challenges range from product design and development to solution design and architecture, deployment and support to match telco expectations.

Red Hat has been working with a number of early adopters to roll out NFV solutions. Even though we have many successes, we have our fair share of challenges. When a solution architect and support engineer stand on the dais, it may be appropriate to recollect these challenges based on our experience from a solution design, architecture and support perspective. These challenges include distributed NFV, high availability everywhere, fault tolerance, predictive recovery, network performance, interoperability with multiple vendors, accommodating different types of VNFs with different operating systems, troubleshooting, feature availability, etc., from a solution design perspective and support perspective.

Throughout this session, we will touch base on these challenges, on possible solutions, and how we overcome them. We’ll also have an open a discussion for challenges which currently do not have acceptable solutions, and will discuss details of some of the challenges associated with troubleshooting issues specific to NFV deployments.


OVN: The Future of Openvswitch

Presented by Dan Radez, Red Hat and Vikram Dham

Wednesday, June 14 from 3:50 – 4:20 p.m. in Oolong Tea room

The OVS 2.7 release included a robust feature set improvement to the recent Open Virtual Networking (OVN) capabilities that have been in development in the OVS community. This session will explain the advantages of adopting OVN in your OVS deployment and explore how simple it is to add OVN capabilities to your OPNFV cloud.

The default deployment of OPNFV uses OVS. The session will offer attendees the insight into the future of OVS and how OpenStack will benefit from OVN. They will learn how their deployments will be impacted and how they can benefit from an OpenStack deployment with OVN enabled.


Panel: Overcoming Culture Clash

Presented by Dave Neary, Red Hat, Carlos Goncalves, NEC, Susan James, Ericsson, Qiao Fu, China Mobile

Wednesday, June 14 from 5:10 – 6:00 in Studio 1

We are all a product of our experiences. Different communities around the world have different core assumptions about behavior, how decisions are made, the role of the individual in a group, and more. What makes up culture, and can we have better community experiences by understanding it?

Sociologist Geert Hofstede defined six dimensions of culture, covering values, the relationship of the individual to a group, respect for hierarchy, and attitude to change. In addition to these, there is a wide variation in communication styles related to the use of physical gestures, attitudes to silence, the need for context.

By understanding what makes up culture, you will have tools to question your own cultural assumptions, increase your empathy for other participants from different cultures, and avoid misunderstandings as soon as they occur. Can we have better community experiences by understanding the culture participants are coming from? Can we give tools to current community members to be more culturally sensitive and welcoming? And can we also give better advice to people joining the project for the first time, which meets them where they are, rather than expecting them to fit in with the community culture on day one?

As OPNFV grows, we have an increase in geographical and cultural diversity in the project, and with it, increased opportunities for culture clash and misaligned expectations. This presentation will shed some light on how this happens, and how to address it.


In addition to the above, Red Hat is participating in a variety of other sessions at the OPNFV Summit as well. See below for more details. We hope to see you there!


Enabling Availability Within a Cloud Infrastructure

  • Presented by Aaron Smith and Pasi Vaananen, Red Hat
  • Tuesday, June 13 from 9:45 – 10:15 a.m. at the OPNFV Design Summit

Best practices for Engaging in the Upstream Project

  • Presented by Daniel Farrell, Red Hat
  • Monday, June 12 from 3:15 – 3:55 p.m. in Studio 1

How Many Ohs? (An Integration Guide to Apex & Triple-o)

  • Presented by Dan Radez and Tim Rozet, Red Hat
  • Monday, June 12 from 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. at the OPNFV Design Summit

OPNFV XCI: How to Work with OpenStack Master

  • Presented by Fatih Degirmenci, Ericsson; Yolanda Robla Mota, RedHat; and Markos Chandras, SUSE
  • Monday, June 12 from 4:30 – 5:00 p.m. at the OPNFV Design Summit

Automating the Deployment of Legacy VNFs with Ansible

  • Presented by Ricardo Noriega De Soto and Yolanda Robla, Red Hat
  • Tuesday, June 13 from 9:00 – 9:45 in Studio 4

Putting OVS-DPDK into Massive Production, with 0.0% Frame Loss

  • Presented by Franck Baudin and Christian Trautman, Red Hat
  • Tuesday, June 13 from 10:20 – 11:00 a.m. in Studio 1 at the OPNFV Design Summit

Scaling Out Legacy Applications – Best Practices for Componentization

  • Presented by Doug Smith, Red Hat
  • Tuesday, June 13 from 10:55 – 11:40 a.m. in Studio 4

The Deployment Production Line: Setting up a CI and CD Pipeline

  • Presented by Doug Smith and Tomofumi Hayashi, Red Hat
  • Tuesday, June 13 from 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. in Studio 4

Telemetry, Fault management, and Service Assurance for Cloud-Native VNFs

  • Presented by Ryota Mibu, NEC and Tomofumi Hayashi, Red Hat
  • Tuesday, June 13 from 2:20 – 3:05 p.m. in Studio 4

Application Orchestration with Kubernetes

  • Presented by Glenn West, Red Hat
  • Tuesday, June 13 from 4:15 – 5:00 p.m. in Studio 4

Being Brave: Deploying OpenStack from Master

  • Presented by Fatih Degirmenci, Ericsson; Yolanda Robla Mota, RedHat; and Markos Chandras, SUSE
  • Wednesday, June 14 from 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. in Studio 2/3

Virtualized Central Office – A Different Approach Using ODL

  • Presented by Azhar Sayeed and Pasi Vaananen, Red Hat
  • Wednesday, June 14 from 11:00 – 11:20 a.m. in Green Tea room

Apex Project Overview, Status Update and Beyond

  • Presented by Tim Rozet and Michael Chapman, Red Hat
  • Wednesday, June 14 from 11:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Green Tea room

Bringing Dynamism to OPNFV

  • Presented by Ulrich Kleber, Huawei; Fatih Degirmenci, Ericsson; Tim Rozet, Red Hat; and Jose Lausuch, Ericsson
  • Wednesday, June 14 from 11:40 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. in Studio 2/3

Continuously Delivering OpenDaylight to OPNFV

  • Presented by Daniel Farrell, Red Hat
  • Wednesday, June 14 from 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. in Studio 2/3

Accelerated Dataplanes Integration and Deployment

  • Presented by Tim Rozet and Feng Pan, Red Hat
  • Wednesday, June 14 from 3:50 – 4:20 p.m. in Studio 2/3

NFV In Production: The Operator Perspective

  • Presented by Chris Wright, Red Hat
  • Wednesday, June 14 from 3:50 – 4:20 p.m. in Studio 4

Anteater – CI Gate Security

  • Presented by Luke Hinds, Red Hat
  • Thursday, June 15 from 11:00 – 11:20 a.m. in Green Tea room

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