Establishing NFV Interoperability & Standards: Your Seat at the Table

Network functions virtualization carries the promise of advanced applications and new capabilities that can positively impact a wide variety of tech companies. But NFV interoperability has proven to be a challenge, due to the absence of industry-accepted standards.

Against this backdrop, the New IP Agency (NIA), a not-for profit industry organization, is fighting to drive forward the deployment of successful and open NFV networks through the development of strong and interoperable standards and certification. In the coming months, the NIA will engage specialized member committees to assist in the creation of a hierarchical NFV taxonomy plus a repository for service models, both of which will be used to help support the creation of a HEAT/Openstack based certification.

By giving service providers the assurance that services and apps from one vendor will work across infrastructure from another, we will eliminate the current vendor lock-in and create a true marketplace for best-in-breed services benefiting the entire industry.

Interested in joining our historic mission?

Please contact presti@newipagency.com

Testimonials
"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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Histink
Posted by Histink |  In reply to: CSPs Use NFV to Turn Challenges Into Opportunities
Yes, great info :)
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Totally agree with you...really valuable info here.
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