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When the NIA was first established in 2015 we had one mission: to educate service providers about the ins and outs and intricacies of a relatively new and highly promising technology called NFV. But it very quickly became apparent from industry feedback that we needed to expand the scope of our mission.

Over the last two years, at the request of our service provider membership, the NIA has expanded its role to cover not only NFV, but also SDN. And we view both of these technologies as underlying enablers of the next great phase of communications: the automation of service provider networks and services - an area in which NIA is investing significant resources in 2017.

To make it easier to understand the NIA's mission, we have created the following six-part manifesto, referred to by the acronym 'STRICT*' for Strategy, Taxonomy, Repository, Interoperability, Community, and Testing.


NIA's over-arching mission is to provide service providers and carriers around the world with the information and analysis required to formulate profitable virtualization business strategies for the 21st Century.

Click here for information on NIA membership

The NIA is this year working with the world's leading communications companies to create the industry's first comprehensive hierarchical taxonomy of next-gen communications - a unique and exhaustive blueprint that will simplify and accelerate the design and construction and monetization of virtualized networks.

Click here to learn more about the taxonomy

We are engaged in the creation of an online database, or repository, of 'standardized service models,' written and donated free of charge by the world's leading carriers. These models allow service providers to take advantage of the business benefits of virtualizing services without having to wrestle with the underlying complexities of the NFV infrastructure technology.

Click here to learn more about the repository of standardized service models

The lack of interoperability between the VNFs being developed by application developers on the one hand and incumbent suppliers of NFV infrastructure on the other represents the current greatest impediment to the development of an open and burgeoning NFV market. NIA is this year addressing this crisis by developing a de facto industry standard for NFV interoperability, and accompanying certification, based on work already produced by industry organizations.

Click here to learn more about our interoperability/certification program

A key objective of the NIA is to provide a moderated venue through which members of the communications industry can share ideas, interact with one another, and even debate the strategies and tactics for driving forward network functions virtualization.

Click here to join the Virtuapedia community

In only two years the NIA has established a peerless reputation for conducting the most reliable and advanced independent laboratory evaluations of NFV technology from leading vendors, including service chaining, and VNF management. Our next test takes place in Q4 2017 and comprises a unique industry evaluation of the state of NFV/SDN integration.

Click here to learn more about our test program

The name 'STRICT' is not just a convenient acronym.

Click here to learn what's in a name.

"The NIA will help us to get a cleaned-up picture of standards and implementations."

-- Axel Clauberg, Vice President of Transport, Aggregation and IP and Fixed Access, Deutsche Telekom --
"NIA will shorten our cycles for the RFPs, the testing, and for seeing who does what, and what works with whom."

-- Nico Fischbach, Director of Strategy, Architecture and Innovation, Colt Technology Services Group --
"BT supports VNF-NFVI interoperability testing by the NIA. We are concerned with the growing diversity of NFVI and specializations that limit the portability of VNFs. This growing diversity leads to increasing operational complexity and costs."

-- Peter J. Willis, Chief Researcher, BT --
"The Cloudification of Network Functions and the change in our production models is probably the biggest transformation ever hitting the Telco industry. In a world build on Open Standards and Open Source, testing and integration remains a major effort - an independent entity like NIA driving this can deliver huge value to us as network operators and our vendors."

-- Axel Clauberg, VP of Transport, Aggregation and IP and Fixed Access, Deutsche Telekom --
Iain Morris, News Editor, 10/20/2017
The introduction of artificial intelligence capabilities looks to be claiming jobs in Ericsson's service delivery units as the Swedish vendor tries to restore profitability through hefty cuts.
Kelsey Kusterer Ziser, Editor, 10/20/2017
The current hype around connected cars is old hat to Formula 1 racing team McLaren-Honda and technology partner NTT Communications. They are gearing up to handle nearly 100GB of transmitted data from the McLaren race car at the US Grand Prix in Austin this weekend.
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Iain Morris, News Editor, 10/18/2017
Deutsche Telekom's Axel Clauberg bristles at the description of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) as "Facebook's TIP." The social network is just one of 500 TIP members, he points out. A soon-to-be-formed TIP working group on artificial intelligence (AI) will have the German telco and Spain's Telefonica as co-chairs, not Facebook. (See Facebook's TIP to ...
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Ray Le Maistre, International Group Editor, 10/17/2017
With its promise of greater efficiencies and agility, automation is driving many network operator strategies these days -- that much is evident from quantifiable industry research and from the very public announcements being made by the biggest names in the telecoms world.
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Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading, 10/16/2017
Despite a relatively late start, the cable industry is now staking out its own turf in the software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) space, even leading the way in such aspects as the virtualization of access networks.
Iain Morris, News Editor, 10/13/2017
The head of Verizon's product development business in Europe has publicly leaned on vendors to make some radical improvements to their virtualization offerings.
Jim Hodges, Principal Analyst – Cloud and Security, Heavy Reading, 10/12/2017
The recent NFV and Carrier SDN event in Denver provided an excellent opportunity to take the pulse of network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) deployments on many levels. Topics and challenges discussed ranged from security to open-source adoption, platform evolution, cloud-native services, automation and orchestration.
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Iain Morris, News Editor, 10/11/2017
THE HAGUE -- SDN NFV World Congress -- Orange has finished defining its "target architecture" for more virtualized and software-based networks and will embark on a rollout in Spain in the next few months.
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Ray Le Maistre, International Group Editor, 10/11/2017
THE HAGUE -- SDN NFV World Congress -- With its initial NFV architecture in place and helping to deliver on-demand services to its enterprise customers, Colt is now looking to tidy up its virtualization deployment and seek ways to automate its network management during 2018, according to a senior executive from the operator.
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NFV Orchestration, Infrastructure and VNF
Click to read the Multi-Vendor Interoperability Showcase 2017

CSP Attitudes Toward Digital Transformation: A Reality Check
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NFVi - VNF Interoperability Evaluation
Status: Updated December 2016
Click to read test results from 2015

Service Chaining Interoperability Evaluation - Live NFV Interoperability Demo
Status: Completed in May 2016
Click to read the Live NFV Interop Demo Report

To learn how NFVi vendors may participate in the NIA's evaluations, click here.
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