OPNFV is accelerating open source NFV adoption

June 15, 2017 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
The OPNFV Project, a carrier-grade, integrated, open source platform intended to accelerate the introduction of new products and services using Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), has announced at the OPNFV Summit the results of a global survey conducted by Heavy Reading to understand network operators' perceptions of OPNFV and how the project accelerates NFV transformation.

The data indicated continued confidence in OPNFV as 98 percent of survey respondents agree that at almost three years in, OPNFV is delivering on its promise to accelerate open source NFV.

Designed to gauge market perceptions of the OPNFV project over time, the survey is the third in a series conducted by Heavy Reading analyzing telecommunications network operator perceptions of how OPNFV impacts the industry. The data includes an updated analysis of the state and impact of OPNFV among operators, its role in shaping open source NFV, industry intent to leverage OPNFV output, as well as current drivers, barriers and integration needed for success in advancing open source NFV adoption.

Key findings include:

OPNFV remains critical to industry adoption of NFV. 98 percent of telecom operators surveyed are either somewhat or very satisfied that OPNFV is delivering on its promise to help accelerate open source NFV adoption, while almost half (45 percent) said OPNFV is most helpful for operators to achieve their NFV goals. The top expected benefits of OPNFV output include easier integration and more rapid NFV deployment.

OPNFV is growing in importance, particularly among those currently deploying NFV. More than half (54 percent) of nearly 100 Communication Service Providers (CSPs) surveyed said OPNFV has become more important to their organization over the past year; that number jumps to 70 percent for those with NFV in production. Similarly, 75 of those surveyed actively follow OPNFV, with more than a quarter of them directly contributing to the project.