Red Hat OpenStack Virtualized Network Function (VNF) Validation Lab

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Solution Overview

WWT has partnered with Red Hat to validate the functionality and inter-operability of various VNF solutions installed on Red Hat’s OpenStack Platform. Red Hat’s network functions virtualization (NFV) solution combines Red Hat Enterprise Linux with Red Hat’s OpenStack cloud platform to deliver a highly scalable and secure foundation for building a private or public Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud.

With NFV, service providers are able to simplify their network architecture and transform their business models.  They have also adopted OpenStack to run their NFV solutions.  A key building block to NFV is a virtualized network function (VNF) and service providers running NFV solutions on Red Hat OpenStack need VNFs that are inter-operable and that can also inter-operate effectively with the infrastructure to create a more solid deployment foundation. 

VNFs that are successfully validated in the WWT/Red Hat OpenStack VNF validation lab receive an official Red Hat certified VNF label and are subsequently listed here.

Goals & Objectives

The purpose of this lab is to provide users access to a sandbox environment where they can deploy, test and validate the functionality or inter-operability of VNFs on Red Hat's OpenStack 13 platform.

The lab guide is divided into sections to provide familiarity with the lab environment and to walk the user through the process of deploying of VNFs in Red Hat OpenStack 13:

  • Lab Overview
  • Lab Topology
  • Lab IP Addressing Scheme
  • OpenStack Horizon Dashboard Access
  • Deploying a VNF in OpenStack
    • Creating OpenStack (Neutron) networks
    • Creating OpenStack (Glance) images
    • Creating OpenStack Flavors
    • Creating OpenStack Security Groups
    • Launching OpenStack (Nova) Instances

Hardware & Software

Hardware Servers
  • Dell PowerEdge R740 
  • 2 x Intel Xeon Gold 6512 
  • 384 GB RAM 
  • 4 x 480GB SSD  
  • 6 x 2.4TB HDD 
  • 1 x Intel X710 Dual Port 10Gb + I350 DP 1Gb Ethernet 
  • 1 x Intel X710 Dual Port 10Gb Direct Attach SFP+ 
  • 2 x Intel XXV710 Dual Port 25GbE SFP28 PCIe Adapter 

  • Nexus 9300 with 48p 1/10/25G SFP+ and 6p 100G QSFP28 

  • Red Hat OpenStack 13
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6