The Cloudify Blog

Shay Naeh

By Shay Naeh

The Birth of an Edge Orchestrator - Cloudify Meets Egde Computing

Shay Naeh discusses the challenges of orchestrating at the edge and how Cloudify is the perfect orchestration platform for mobile edge devices.

OPNFV Project, Community Contributed

By OPNFV Project, Community Contributed

How OPNFV Functest Tests Clearwater vIMS Deployment Using Cloudify - One Year Later

In this followup blog post, the OPNFV Functest team discusses major and minor advancements in their testing of Clearwater IMS with Cloudify, including software upgrade and multisite deployment.

Michael Brenner

By Michael Brenner

The TOSCA Times Pt 3 - Model-Driven Workflows with TOSCA, Cloudify, and ARIA

In this third installment of The TOSCA Times, Michael details how Cloudify and ARIA take the model-driven approach and how TOSCA then adopted declarative, model-driven workflows.

Michael Brenner

By Michael Brenner

The TOSCA Times Pt 2 - Handling Workflows in TOSCA vs Similar DSLs

In this second installment, Michael discusses how TOSCA workflows differ from other DSLs, such as BPMN/BPML and BPEL due to its model-driven, vs task-driven, design.

Tamir Korem

By Tamir Korem

How Cloudify Enabled a Telco to Create a Fully Automated, Managed CPE Service - A Use Case

Tamir talks about his personal experience helping a large telco create a completely automated CPE service for its customers with an orchestration first approach.

Jeremy Hess

By Jeremy Hess

The Open Source Podcast - Episode 2 | ONAP and The Open Networking Summit

Hear what experts from OpenDaylight and Suse had to say about the new ONAP project, the future of networking, and open source developers.

Michael Brenner

By Michael Brenner

The TOSCA Times Pt I - The TOSCA Landscape in 2017

In this first installment, Michael discusses the current landscape of TOSCA in 2017 and why he believes this is the year of TOSCA.

Nati Shalom

By Nati Shalom

NFV Makes Its Move - Telecom and Enterprise NFV Predictions for 2017

Nati Shalom, CTO of GigaSpaces/Cloudify, offers his insights into what's coming for NFV in 2017.

Jeremy Hess

By Jeremy Hess

The Open Source Podcast - Episode 1 | The State of vCPE & SD-WAN

Listen to what experts at VMware and Versa Networks have to say about edge network devices, vCPE business models, and open standards.

Nati Shalom

By Nati Shalom

ONAP is Driving Much-Needed Standards in NFV

Nati Shalom explains what the Open ECOMP and Open-O merger means for the NFV and MANO industry.

Dmitriy Andrushko & Gregory Elkinbard

By Dmitriy Andrushko & Gregory Elkinbard

What is the best NFV Orchestration platform? A review of OSM, Open-O, CORD, and Cloudify

The OpenStack Unlocked team at Mirantis note that Cloudify "emerges as the most mature orchestration solution among the reviewed platforms."

Yoram Weinreb & Shay Naeh

By Yoram Weinreb & Shay Naeh

The First Ever VNF Onboarding Hackathon with VMware, Intel, and Cloudify at Mobile World Congress 2017

Read about our very successful VNF onboarding hackathon, with many top vendors and integrators, at MWC 2017.

Shay Naeh

By Shay Naeh

An Open Source, Dynamic, and Integration-Based vCPE/SD-WAN Orchestration Service Built with Cloudify

This post explains how Cloudify's integration-based approach to vCPE/SD-WAN orchestration offers a dynamic service for real-time VNF onboarding and service chaining.

Yoram Weinreb

By Yoram Weinreb

Orchestrating Brocade vCPE and Metaswitch SBC VNFs on VMware Using Cloudify

See how Cloudify was used to orchestrate the deployment of multiple complex VNFs. Meet us at Mobile World Congress!

Oded Nahum

By Oded Nahum

vCPE 2.0 – The Business Case for An Open vCPE Framework

This post will demystify the vCPE cost model and offer CSPs an alternative method of building a vCPE solution that’s more cost effective and future proof.

Nati Shalom

By Nati Shalom

A Big Win to Kick Off a New Year

This post takes a look at Cloudify's successes in 2016 - and especially how the open approach was the Goliath killer in telcos and enterprise`s this year.

Nati Shalom

By Nati Shalom

Openness Is the True Path of NFV

Nati Shalom discusses the reasons why telecoms operators need to move away from propietary vendor solutions and embrace open source in NFV.

Tom Nolle, CIMI Corporation - Guest Post

By Tom Nolle, CIMI Corporation - Guest Post

Getting NFV Orchestration Up to Speed with the Cloud

Tom Nolle explains why NFV Modeling is all about the right approach, not just the tool.

Joanna Borkowska, Amartus - Guest Post

By Joanna Borkowska, Amartus - Guest Post

Open Source, End-to-End MEF CE 2.0 Service Provisioning with NFV Overlay PoC From Amartus, Cisco, and Cloudify

In this post, we explain how the MEF CE 2.0 E-Line orchestration PoC idea came about as well as how it was executed with the teams from Amartus, Cisco, and Cloudify.

DeWayne Filppi

By DeWayne Filppi

Hybrid VNF Container Orchestration With Kubernetes and Docker Swarm Using Cloudify

This post will show how Cloudify orchestrates a service chain that spans multiple container management engines such as Kubernetes and Docker Swarm.

Jeremy Hess

By Jeremy Hess

Cloudify Brings Open NFV Orchestration to VMworld

Cloudify is talking NFV Open Source, Open Standards orchestration at VMworld - meet us in Pod B at the New Innovator Pavilion for demos.

Yoram Weinreb & Sharone Zitzman

By Yoram Weinreb & Sharone Zitzman

Cloud-Native VNFs VoLTE Demo - vIMS & vEPC on VMware vCloud with Group Scale

Many existing network functions have only recently undergone the transition from being physical appliances to being delivered virtually, which was a revolution unto itself.  That transition required mostly performance optimization to accommodate the additional I/O overhead of the hypervisor and some configuration changes to accommodate the fact that VMs can...

Jeremy Hess

By Jeremy Hess

Introducing Cloudify Telecom Edition - Open Source NFV Orchestration Goodness

NFV based on ETSI architecture has really found its way into the heart of the telecom industry in a very short time. With all of the telecom operators in a mad dash to get a stable, scalable, and reliable open source software implementation of their networks on generic hardware, there...

OPNFV Project, Community Contributed

By OPNFV Project, Community Contributed

How The OPNFV Functest Team Tests The Clearwater vIMS Deployment Using Cloudify

By now, you are probably very familiar with the OPNFV Project from the Linux Foundation. If not, the quick and dirty explanation is that OPNFV is basically an open source platform that brings together various NFV components and tests them in order to help carriers and vendors release virtual network...

Sharone Zitzman

By Sharone Zitzman

VMware and Athonet Demo the Fastest Deployment of a Virtualized LTE Mobile Packet Core and VoLTE Service with Cloudify

At Interop Tokyo on June 8th, the team at VMware, under the management of Vanessa Little, demonstrated the deployment of an Athonet's vEPC and vIMS VNFs on VMware vCloud Director with Cloudify's orchestration framework. The demo blew away the judges and won the Interop Tokyo "Best of Show" award! Learn...

Yoram Weinreb

By Yoram Weinreb

An NFV Customer Use Case on Creating Custom Workflows With Cloudify and TOSCA

Recently, I worked with a prospect in the NFV domain who had quite a complex topology. They wished to orchestrate with TOSCA in an environment that included dozens of different VMs with different roles. In addition, there were many different networks, and some of the VMs had multiple ports on...

Assaf Lev

By Assaf Lev

Cloudify NFV Lab on Demand - A Full Scale NFV Environment in a Single Click

Overview The demand for NFV is growing rapidly and steadily over the past two years as can be seen in the job trends graph below. NFV Job Trends (Source: Indeed.com) The first steps in the NFV journey involve learning and experimenting of many new technologies and best practices such as...

Nati Shalom

By Nati Shalom

Where AT&T Leads, Cisco Cannot Follow

Preface The Innovator’s Dilemma faced by vendors of proprietary networking stacks is well documented. The blogsphere and the trade media have well documented the disruptive, one-two punch of open source NFV and white box hardware that threatens to undermine their business models. But just this week, at OpenStack Summit in...

Chelsea Thompson, Guest Post

By Chelsea Thompson, Guest Post

Metaswitch, GigaSpaces Demo Orchestrated VoLTE

This article was written by Chelsea Thompson and originally published on the Metaswitch Blogs. Chelsea is Technical Marketing Manager at Metaswitch. The article is being re-published with MetaSwitch's consent. Metaswitch and GigaSpaces showed a fully orchestrated VoLTE solution on the VMware stand at Mobile World Congress last month that exemplified...

Jeremy Hess

By Jeremy Hess

NFV World Congress is Upon Us! Let's Talk NFV MANO

With all the amazing events happening right around now, we have had to split the Cloudify team between them. NFV World Congress is one event that we couldn't miss - and the team will not only be there, one of our own will be joining a very important panel moderated...

Jeremy Hess

By Jeremy Hess

OpenStack & Beyond Podcast - Episode 9 | Live From The Open Networking Summit Discussing NFV And SDN

The OpenStack & Beyond Podcast is back again with another great episode which was taped live on the floor at the Open Networking Summit in Santa Clara. Our hosts, Nati Shalom and Arthur Berezin, ran a great podcast on topics varying from SDN and Open Daylight to NFV MANO, and...

Arthur Berezin

By Arthur Berezin

A Primer on Project ARIA - Simple, Open Source TOSCA-Based Orchestration Engine

Just about two weeks ago at Mobile World Congress, GigaSpaces announced the formation of ARIA. In this post, I want to offer readers a short and informative brief on what ARIA is, why there is a need for such a technology, and how vendors and service providers can utilize ARIAs...

Jeremy Hess

By Jeremy Hess

Open Source, Open Standards, and Open Networking at ONS

Hot on the heels of Mobile World Congress, Team Cloudify is ready to rock the Santa Clara Convention Center for the Open Networking Summit! We are proud sponsors of ONS this year and we are excited to be displaying more of Cloudify's NFV orchestration prowess to the NFV & SDN...

Jeremy Hess

By Jeremy Hess

OpenStack & Beyond Podcast - Episode 8 | Live From Mobile World Congress Talking NFV

Mobile World Congress was a whirlwind event this year and there was no shortage of NFV interest and talk throughout the 4-day conference. The OpenStack & Beyond team made sure to get in on the action by hosting a live episode straight from the floor (well, in a meeting room)....

Shay Naeh

By Shay Naeh

How to Orchestrate VNFs in NFV and Deploy a Skype-like vIMS Application with Cloudify and Clearwater on a Multi-VIM Environment

What is a vIMS on boarding service? It is a virtual phone or even a mobile phone where users can connect to each other, similar to Skype. It is built on the following architecture. Bono, which receives the incoming connection, then sends it to Sprout which acts as the IP...

Simon Dredge, Guest Post

By Simon Dredge, Guest Post

The Missing Link - Service Function Chaining and Its Relationship to NFV

This article was written by Simon Dredge and originally published on the Metaswitch Blogs. Simon is Director of Technical Marketing at Metaswitch. The article is being re-published with the express written consent of the author. I remember that ‘aha’ moment when I first heard about Service Function Chaining (SFC). It...

Shay Naeh

By Shay Naeh

NFV Orchestration on OpenStack, VMware, and More (Multi-VIM) with Cloudify and TOSCA

What is a VIM? A VIM, according to the MANO specification, is a virtual infrastructure manager. In a nutshell, a VIM is the same as IaaS in the cloud domain and Cloudify brings that IaaS concept to the telecom world. Intelligent NFV orchestration for any telecom environment. Download today. Go...

Sivan Barzily

By Sivan Barzily

How Cloudify TOSCA-Based Orchestration Uses EPA to Optimize Performance and Throughput of Data Intensive VNFs in a Multi-VIM Environment

We hear the term data plane acceleration (DPA) tossed around a lot in the context of NFV (Network Functions Virtualization), and this is because the successful adoption of NFV highly depends on the ability of a virtualized cloud infrastructure to deliver sufficient performance compared to today's proprietary network appliances. Intelligent...

Jeremy Hess

By Jeremy Hess

Hola Barcelona and MWC 2016 - Talking NFV, SDN, and Multi-VIM Automation

We're really pumped for this year's Mobile World Congress! The Cloudify team has been unleashed and will be making a splash in the telco arena. We have partnered with Intel and VMware to show off some cool new demos that will knock your socks off. Our big focus at this...

Yoram Weinreb

By Yoram Weinreb

Combining TOSCA and Netconf/YANG to Deploy Network-Centric Services in NFV and SDN Architectures

In the world of NFV, YANG is a popular data modeling language that serves as a contractor between network devices and those that interact and interface with these devices. The YANG data model enables you to define how to write configuration data, as well as how to communicate state data...

Jeremy Hess

By Jeremy Hess

Rock the Vote for Cloudify at OpenStack Austin

We're back again with some brand-spanking new talks on everything OpenStack! We've got great stuff to share on NFV, hybrid cloud, API development, containers, and even a community talk. The OpenStack Summit is a favorite of ours, and we really want to show you what we've got, so help us...

Sharone Zitzman

By Sharone Zitzman

What is SDN? SDN Controllers Wiki and Roundup - OpenDaylight, OpenFlow, Network Automation and More

SDN is an abbreviation for Software Defined Networking, it is often times tightly coupled with NFV (network function virtualization) as they complement each other. According to many experts, the emergence of this concept is a breakthrough in this activity because it allows incredible optimization of the work of networks and...

Nati Shalom

By Nati Shalom

6 OpenStack & Docker Predictions for 2016

OpenStack? Docker? Choosing between other alternatives? Don't get left behind, read our predictions for this year.

Uri Cohen

By Uri Cohen

Come Get Some Cloudify 3.3

Cloudify 3.3 has landed! We’re really excited about this new release because we have reached down deep to make Cloudify more ready than ever before for production. We are also seeing Cloudify’s usage taking off in use cases related to NFV, hybrid workloads, and containers and we wanted to fill...

Jeremy Hess

By Jeremy Hess

Musings from the OpenStack Tokyo Summit

Well, folks, another OpenStack Summit is behind us. That means we will have to wait until 2016 for the next one, which is slated to take place in Austin, TX at the end of April. With an amazing turnout of more than 6,000 attendees from around the world, OpenStack Tokyo...

Sharone Zitzman

By Sharone Zitzman

Domo Arigato, OpenStack Tokyo!

It’s on, folks! Tokyo is not just around the corner, it’s here - and OpenStack peddlers, developers, fanboys, newbies will all be out there to hear about how everyone is using OpenStack to improve the open cloud initiative and push this amazing project forward. Our own Cloudify team will also...

Jeremy Hess

By Jeremy Hess

OpenStack, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Scaling - Murano, Microservices, NFV and more

OpenStack Liberty was released just a few days ago on October 15th. This is OpenStack’s twelfth release of the widely-used cloud computing platform. Liberty is also a great name for this release as it brings with it a “liberating” factor for many developers – the new big tent approach. This...

Shay Naeh & Sivan Barzily

By Shay Naeh & Sivan Barzily

NFV Service Chaining Orchestration for Any Network Topology & Architecture

It’s a well-known pain point for Telecom companies that provisioning new services into their networks is a time and resource consuming process, as well as cost intensive. Until now, introducing new services would take months to years and was done with physical proprietary devices that took a long time just...

Jeremy Hess

By Jeremy Hess

Get Your Cloudify Votes in For OpenStack Tokyo

As contributing members of OpenStack, we are proud to be part of this amazing community that is at the forefront of the open source cloud world. We organize events and meetups around OpenStack and firmly believe in the OpenStack movement. That said – OpenStack Tokyo is quickly approaching and we,...

Sharone Zitzman

By Sharone Zitzman

Open source is about more than cost savings

This post was originally published on OpenSource.com. I recently stumbled upon this piece discussing the cost of cloud, and it made me realize that people still seem to mistakenly believe that open source is just about cost savings. Often times, when asked to explain the reasons for going open source,...

Jeremy Hess

By Jeremy Hess

OpenStack & Beyond Podcast - Episode 2 | OpenStack Summit Roundtable

After a very fascinating first podcast about SDN & NFV, the OpenStack & Beyond podcast is back with a fantastic second episode recorded live from the OpenStack Summit in beautiful, sunny Vancouver. Hosts Shlomo Swidler of Orchestratus, and our very own Nati Shalom discuss everything new with OpenStack and in...

Nati Shalom

By Nati Shalom

OpenStack and Cloud Trends - Hypervisors, NFV, Orchestration and more thoughts from the Summit

The OpenStack Summits, which I have been attending twice a year for the past five years, continue to serve as the most formative and influential moments I have during the year - especially with everything related to the growth around OpenStack, which is especially notable from summit to summit. So...

Shay Naeh

By Shay Naeh

More Reference NFV Architecture Based on TOSCA + NetConf YANG

TOSCA is a very good descriptive language for VNF definition, nodes monitoring and active policies like healing and scaling, as it has the combination of declarative descriptions of the application topology with all its components - from the application and network components down to the compute resources, software and everything...

Sharone Zitzman

By Sharone Zitzman

The Skinny on OpenStack Kilo - NFV & IPv6, Bare Metal Cloud, and More

The 11th release of OpenStack has officially landed in advance of the OpenStack summit, which makes this the “K” release of OpenStack, and it has aptly been named Kilo, for the hefty goodness it brings with it. The long, tall and skinny of Kilo So like all of our post...

Eliza Croen

By Eliza Croen

No Sleep Till Vancouver - Pure-Play NFV, TOSCA & OpenStack Cloud Orchestration

It’s that time of year again to pack up and ship out to the next OpenStack Summit and Team Cloudify is ready to rock Vancouver. Twice a year, people with varying backgrounds and experience with OpenStack come together to learn about the technology, hear what’s new in the ecosystem and...

Jeremy Hess

By Jeremy Hess

OpenStack & Beyond Podcast - Episode 1 | NFV & SDN in the Cloud

OpenStack & Beyond Podcast Returns With Hosts Shlomo Swidler and Nati Shalom | May 4, 2015 The OpenStack & Beyond podcast is back in a new incarnation, having rebranded from the OpenStack Israel podcast, with host Shlomo Swidler of Orchestratus now joined by our own Nati Shalom to discuss everything...

Nati Shalom

By Nati Shalom

A Live Example for Orchestrating Docker, NodeJS, and NFV on vCloud Air

In my previous post, I discussed how to achieve hybrid cloud in the real world for VMware and OpenStack - which was previously an involved undertaking and today, can be done fairly simply. In this post, I wanted to put my money where my mouth is - and actually show...

Shay Naeh

By Shay Naeh

TOSCA and YANG for Application and Network Orchestration

We've been encountering quite a number of Telecoms and service providers mentioning TOSCA, YANG and modeling languages in general, for their NFV work.

Sharone Zitzman

By Sharone Zitzman

OpenStack Juno - The Stats Behind the Open Source Cloud

Every now and again we like to do an OpenStack statistics roundup, usually we do this following the release of their annual report, but recently they sent a quick OpenStack Juno summary, and I thought I would share the highlights, and how this compares to previous reports. So, as you...

Shay Naeh

By Shay Naeh

NFV on OpenStack Cloud – Open Source Everything

  As we get more heavily involved with NFV, I would like to share my experience taking a few VNFs (virtual network functions) and SFCs (service function chains) and implementing them on public and private clouds. I thought implementing an IMS system on a public cloud would take forever but...

Eliza Croen

By Eliza Croen

Cloudify on Hybrid Cloud Orchestration - VMware, Docker and OpenStack at the Summit

  Team Cloudify is heading to the OpenStack Summit in Paris to present cross-cloud orchestration capabilities of its open source application orchestration platform. With Cloudify's recent re-architecture and compliance with the TOSCA specification, the platform is even more deeply compatible with OpenStack technology, providing an orchestration platform for deployment, management...

Shay Naeh

By Shay Naeh

Automation of NFV Components on OpenStack - How-To

In my previous post I discussed the need for virtualization of network functions on the cloud. In this post, I’m going to dive into a real world scenario, that CAN actually try at home.  (Really we also support local cloud, remember?) So just to recap, the primary challenges of virtualizing...

Nati Shalom

By Nati Shalom

What is NFV?

I first heard the term NFV a year ago as part of the writeup that I was doing with Alcatel Lucent on CloudBand titled Carrier Grade PaaS covering our collaboration. Ever since that time it looks like the term has risen in popularity with every network provider or infrastructure provider...

Shay Naeh

By Shay Naeh

Network Automation with NFV on OpenStack

As NFV (network function virtualization) becomes trendy more network vendors are working on a solution of how to take their existing investment in network products and make them NFV enabled. The target is that eventually everything will run as virtual software components on commoditized hardware. To this end, I actually...

Nati Shalom

By Nati Shalom

Network Automation and Orchestration with Openstack and Cloudify

In my previous post I discussed the evolution of networking in the cloud - from commodity hardware to the cloud, and the need for the virtualization of network functions, and the different drivers for change.  In this post I will focus on orchestrating your networking through OpenStack's Neutron, its challenges...

Nati Shalom

By Nati Shalom

Networking from Then to Cloud

What does networking actually mean? Networking is a fairly abstract term, it means different things to different people. This is because, in contrast to compute and storage, networking is comprised of many components, and their different network functions including load balancers, routers, firewalls, switches and more. Each of these plays...