ONF, OCP Team for Continuous Certification Program
May 12, 202
Open Networking Foundation (ONF) introduced its new Continuous
Certification Program, enabling supply chain vendors to embed their
products for ongoing test and compliance certification with ONF's open
source software projects.
Additionally, the Open Compute Project (OCP) is collaborating with ONF
in this new program to promote the use of OCP-recognized open hardware
in ONF solutions. Together, this collaboration will make clear for end
users how best to assemble world-class solutions leveraging both open
hardware and open software components, thus driving wider adoption of
comprehensive open networking solutions.
The Test and Certification Challenge
With the advent of open source, the networking industry has come to
struggle with how to certify products against rapidly evolving open
source projects. Traditional certification practices don't work for open
source because the software may well have advanced by one or two
releases by the time a test plan can be completed, testing labs are
enabled and a certification program launched. This delay renders the
test plan obsolete before certification can even get started.
ONF is responding to member and market needs to reimagine certification
testing in the age of Continuous Integration (CI)/Continuous Deployment
(CD) and cloud software development.
ONF projects already incorporate a continuous testing framework that
keeps pace with enhancements to the platform in order to facilitate
CI/CD - thus enabling rapid agile software development. ONF's new
Continuous Certification (CC) Program leverages the ever evolving
testing framework for each project, and inserts participant products
into the CI/CD/CC pipeline such that the systems are continuously
retested and certified on an hourly or daily basis. When a formal
release of the project is declared, all systems currently validated as
conformant in the CI/CD/CC pipeline will be officially certified as part
of the release package bill-of-materials.
Product certification in ONF's CI/CD/CC process is not a one-time
activity. Vendors provide hardware or software products for indefinite
installation into the development pipeline, and their products are
continually tested throughout the development process. Rather than
simply publishing static and outdated results, the real time status is
made available via a public dashboard highlighting each product's
current compatibility with the most recent in-development version of ONF
open source software. This is, in essence, cloud era certification.
The testing and certification process requires considerable resources.
ONF is unique in that it is the only open source networking organization
with a full-time engineering team, thus making implementation of this
new program possible. With this program, ONF will be publishing
certified hardware and software BOMs (bill-of-materials) to smooth
adoption of ONF platforms and broaden the ecosystem of hardware and
software components compatible with ONF software distributions.
increasing speed at which operator-driven open source and SDN network
deployments has been moving over the past few years mandates a
certification program that is designed to run several times faster than
conventional certification processes," said Timon Sloane, Vice President
of Marketing & Ecosystem for the ONF. "The ONF is in a singular position
to offer this testing, and our Continuous Certification Program is
further enhanced when testing is performed by engineers who have
hands-on familiarity with the ONF's Reference Design platforms. Our
Continuous Certification program is also consistent with the industry
migration to cloud native testing and automation, and increases the
velocity of innovation and value provided to our members."
"The OCP is very pleased to be partnering with ONF on this new
continuous certification program. This new ONF program pairs nicely with
our Recognition Program and Marketplace that highlights integrated
solutions. The OCP Marketplace will identify OCP Inspired™ and OCP
Accepted™ products that achieve ONF certification. We anticipate this
program will accelerate introduction of new cloud hardware technology
into the ONF's test and certification pipeline. By working together, OCP
and ONF are advancing our joint goal of accelerating adoption of open
hardware and software by making selection of a complete
hardware/software BOM much more streamlined for end users."
Bill Carter, CTO, Open Compute Project (OCP).
Vendors who are early participants in the program include Edgecore
Networks, Accelleran, Delta, Inventec, MiTAC, Sercomm, STORDIS and
"Edgecore is pleased to see ONF creating this new Continuous
Certification Program. Addressing ongoing certification of hardware
platforms from vendors like Edgecore with the most current software for
projects like SEBA simplifies the migration from closed proprietary
systems and enables a cloud-like agile development pipeline for
George Tchaparian, President & CEO Edgecore Networks
"Accelleran is pleased to be certifying its E1000 Series small cell and
its cloud-native, open and intelligent RAN Controller (dRAX) software
with the Aether Edge-Cloud-as-a-Service platform. These products enable
cellular connectivity on multiple licensed bands including CBRS.
Accelleran has been one of the founding companies of the Aether project
and a key promoter of ONF's efforts to build a private enterprise mobile
offering. Accelleran is committed to supporting the project and ONF
members joining the Aether pilot program as a way to help accelerate the
industry's adoption of private LTE."
Frédéric Van Durme, CEO of Accelleran
"The Continuous Certification Program is the right step forward as we
foster a world of open networking. We are excited to become a founding
member of the program and look forward to further collaboration."
Jeff Chen, General Manager of the DNI business unit at Delta
Electronics, Inc. "
"Inventec is dedicated in providing solutions to the ONF community
through active contributions to Stratum. As a founding member, the ONF
CC Program provides an excellent platform for community collaboration.
We look forward to further collaboration with the industry."
Jack Tsai, Business Group President, EBG at Inventec Corp. "
"MiTAC is a professional IT solution provider, providing total solutions
from edge to cloud with advanced R&D, TCO and worldwide operations. With
recent recognition of World's 1st SEBA Certificated OCP Solution (MiTAC
Tioga Pass E7278 Server), MiTAC is ready to join the ONF Continuous
Certification Program. We commit to implement our OCP product into ONF
SEBA solution, as well as software certification in parallel to make
sure we can deliver the right product to the market at the right time.
We are pleased to be a founding participant."
Steven Wen, Senior Director, MiTAC
"Sercomm is active in both the ONF's mobile (Aether) and broadband (SEBA)
solutions. We have our CBRS small cell certifying with Aether and our
GPON ONU certifying for use with SEBA. Furthermore, we are aligned with
ONF on developing solutions compatible with the O-RAN architecture and
we are collaborating to extend our open interfaces and integrate our
RU-DU with ONF's upcoming open source CU implementation."
Ben Lin, Executive Vice President, Sercomm
"STORDIS is proud to be a part of the new ONF Continuous Certification
Program. We strive to strongly support the initiative which brings
together open hardware and open software and guarantees continuous high
quality. We see great potential in ONF's collaboration with the Open
Compute Project and we are delighted that our OCP Accepted™ Advanced
Programmable Switches (BF2556X-1T and BF6064X-T) in conjunction with ONL/ONLPv2
fully support the ONF's Stratum project and are already permanently
installed in the ONF Lab. We look forward to working even closer with
the OCP and the ONF to accelerate the adoption of mission critical open
Alexander Jefferies CEO, STORDIS
"Wiwynn is excited to be one of the first to join ONF's Continuous
Certification (CC) Program. We have designed our server fleet based on
OCP open hardware specs and are committed to providing our customers
with ONF Aether and SEBA compatible systems. The ONF CC Program ensures
hardware compatibility with the latest updated software releases and
provides rapid time-to-market solutions due to its expedited
Dr. Sunlai Chang, Senior Vice President and CTO, Wiwynn