ONAP: First Steps with NFV and Datacenter Automation

November 2nd, 2018
Written by Curtis Collicutt

ONAP: First Steps with NFV and Datacenter Automation Telecommunications is going through a paradigm shift. Network Function Virtualization (NFV) is the key driver behind this change. For the purposes of this blog post, NFV is an umbrella term that relates to the entire NFV ecosystem: from Infrastructure as a Service platforms (IaaS) like OpenStack, to…

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Zero to ONAP in Seven Minutes

October 24th, 2018
Written by Curtis Collicutt

Zero to ONAP in Seven Minutes The concept of Network Function Virtualization (NFV), as simple as it is, brings with it much complexity. In some respects NFV is simply taking virtualization – a technology most IT organizations are quite familiar with, and indeed is a commodity, –  and applying it to telecommunications systems. For various…

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OpenContrail and Kubernetes

September 24th, 2018
Written by Curtis Collicutt

OPENCONTRAIL AND KUBERNETES Editors note: After this article was written the OpenContrail project changed its name to Tungsten Fabric. Software Defined Networking (SDN) exploded onto the scene in and around 2008, in part due to the creation and popularization of OpenFlow. While OpenFlow did not specifically cause the development of SDN, it was certainly a…

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NFV MANO – OpenBaton

September 17th, 2018
Written by Curtis Collicutt

NFV MANO – OpenBaton   Certainly in the last few months the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) has taken the lion’s share of publicity. But there are other MANO solutions, some commercial, some open source MANO. OpenBaton is an open source MANO that has most, if not all of the required features of a MANO…

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Cool Tools: dnsdist

September 10th, 2018
Written by Curtis Collicutt

One of the things we do at IDX is help organizations onboard Virtual Network Functions (VNFs). VNF Onboarding is an involved and complex process with many steps. One of the activities in our onboarding process involves the performance testing, verification, and dimensioning of a VNF. In this particular example we discuss testing a Domain Name…

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What I Took Away from the 2018 Openstack Vancouver Summit

September 7th, 2018
Written by Curtis Collicutt

From May 21st to 24th of 2018 the OpenStack Summit was held at the beautiful, world class Vancouver Conference Center. Several IDX colleagues and I attended the conference, not only to take in talks by others but also to present research of our own. We were also fortunate to participate in the Edge mini-keynote on…

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Easing the Infrastructure Configuration Process

July 31st, 2018
Written by CENGN

Interdynamix (IDX) has been known as an advanced, high end technology solution provider and technology infrastructure integrator for 20+ years. They have helped hundreds of clients deliver some of the most innovative and sophisticated technology solutions to successfully power their businesses. Most recently, IDX has initiated an NFV project at CENGN to create and execute scalability testing for their new VNF…

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It’s All About Dependencies

July 30th, 2018
Written by Curtis Collicutt

I have a pet theory that it’s all about dependencies. I work in an area, Network Function Virtualization, NFV for short, that is made up of many complex systems. The most obvious example is OpenStack, which is notoriously considered complicated. To be fair, there are many more high level systems like it that are also…

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An Introduction to 5G Network Slicing

July 23rd, 2018
Written by Curtis Collicutt

A colleague and I gave a presentation entitled “5G Network Slicing and OpenStack” at the 2018 Vancouver OpenStack summit. We did a lot of research, reading 70 to 100 papers (whitepapers, standards body papers, academic papers, you name it–so many we published a bibliography) to try to determine what network slicing is and how OpenStack can…

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