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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.

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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 --
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Steve Saunders, CEO and founder, Light Reading, 12/7/2017
Unless you've been living in North Korea for the last couple of years you will have noticed Cisco Systems has undergone a pretty major techno-cultural shift. Cisco's big-name telco legends of yore (Pankaj Patel, Kelly Ahuja) are gone, and the vacuum they left is being filled by enterprise cloud folk.
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James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – OSS/BSS Transformation, Heavy Reading, 11/29/2017
In Building the Network of the Future, AT&T executives explain how they foresee the transition to software-defined networking (SDN), a cornerstone of which is the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) that AT&T has been instrumental in founding.
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Dan Joe Barry, , 11/22/2017
What a difference a year makes! At last year's SDN and OpenFlow World Congress in The Hague, there were a number of presentations highlighting the fact that NFV was in the doldrums or trough of disillusionment, including my own presentation.
Sandra O'Boyle, Senior Analyst – CEM & Customer Analytics, Heavy Reading, 11/10/2017
At Light Reading's recent OSS in the Era of NFV/SDN event in London, I moderated a panel discussion on "Analytics, Machine Learning & AI in Next-Gen OSS/BSS" and wanted to share some key insights from the speakers:
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Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 11/3/2017
LONDON -- OSS in the Era of SDN & NFV -- Some operators are now making money on the back of SDN and NFV deployments, and the ones that have achieved that fiscal goal are the service providers more focused on business strategies than on technology, according to Netcracker's Ari Banerjee.
Ray Le Maistre, International Group Editor, 11/2/2017
LONDON -- OSS in the Era of SDN & NFV - The proposed "zero touch" networking industry group that is set to be formed under the auspices of ETSI has attracted a range of high profile potential members and has the support of Sprint, says the Deutsche Telekom executive who is spearheading the initiative.
Craig Matsumoto, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading, 10/27/2017
Ericsson reportedly has a second major carrier going live with cloud and NFV infrastructure, but the company snaring bragging rights out of the deal is SDN startup Pluribus.
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 10/25/2017
A new Heavy Reading report says communications service providers face a stark new reality in the need to adopt automation immediately, in every aspect of their businesses, or face extinction.
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Dennis Mendyk, Vice President of Research, Heavy Reading, 10/24/2017
By this point, you may already be growing tired of the automation hype cycle. That's too bad, because as hype cycles go, this one is just getting started. By this time next year, you'll probably be feeling nostalgic for simpler days, when NFV was the leader of all hype, with 5G running a reasonably close second.
macooxia, 12/10/2017 6:24:51 PM
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NFVi - VNF Interoperability Evaluation
Status: Updated December 2016
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Service Chaining Interoperability Evaluation - Live NFV Interoperability Demo
Status: Completed in May 2016
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