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 --
Articles
Derek Peterson, CTO, Boingo Wireless, 6/23/2017
Network functions virtualization (NFV) has emerged as a revolutionary operational and service-building model that has grown into a booming market in a short time. Network by network, venue by venue, we are seeing a significant transformation in the virtualization of communication infrastructures, yet we have only scratched the surface. In fact, by 2021, ...
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 6/16/2017
Verizon this week rolled out its cloud-based virtual services for enterprise customers, adding that option to both its gray box and white box edge solutions for typical applications such as firewalls and WAN optimization. The new "as-a-service" virtualized network functions will give enterprises new options and are most typically going to be used in ...
Dilip Pillaipakam, Vice President of Service Provider Strategy and Products, Infoblox, 6/14/2017
In this day and age of increasingly sophisticated botnet and malware attacks, today's telcos and communication service providers are more vulnerable to large-scale DDoS attacks than ever. As DDoS attacks ramp up in volume and scale, it's important that service providers remain vigilant and create safeguards against vulnerabilities. Consumers around ...
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 6/14/2017
Service providers are making "notable" progress in virtualizing their high-priority network functions, both in the development and the deployment stage, according to the most recent Heavy Reading Future of Virtualization report, dubbed "The Force (Finally) Awakens."
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Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 6/9/2017
The Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) holds its annual summit in Beijing next week, and as this particular open source effort moves closer to commercial deployment, both vendors and other open source organizations are factoring heavily into the agenda. (See Telcos Digging In on Open Source NFV and OPNFV's Danube Dubbed 'Milestone' Release.)
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 6/2/2017
In a surprising move that underscores both the importance of software and network operators' growing interest in controlling their own destiny, AT&T today announced that it is buying Brocade's Vyatta operating system and software for an undisclosed sum. (See AT&T Buys Brocade's Vyatta Software.)
New IP Agency, , 6/2/2017
DALLAS - AT&T has agreed to buy the Vyatta network operating system and associated assets of Brocade Communications Systems. This platform includes the vRouter product line. AT&T also intends to hire certain Brocade employees associated with that business. The deal is expected to close in early summer, subject to closing conditions and prior to the ...
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Elizabeth Miller Coyne, Managing Editor, 6/2/2017
At BCE, Level 3 CTO Andrew Dugan told Light Reading that the lack of NFV standards is a 'pain point' and a hindrance to achieving scalability.
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 5/31/2017
A global study of IT professionals shows the SD-WAN market is poised for major growth, but it's not about to wipe out MPLS anytime soon, and it is raising some concerns around security.
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