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.

In 2017 the New IP Agency (NIA) we will be undertaking a program to resolve the interoperability issues with NFV by creating a standardized API specification (MANO resident) that allows North-South interoperability between NFV infrastructure and virtualized VNF service and applications. This specification will then be used as the basis of certification testing that will be conducted by EANTC in Berlin, as well as other independent labs around the world.

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 that the entire industry will benefit from.

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"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 --
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – OSS/BSS Transformation, Heavy Reading, 5/26/2017
Arguably there are three key capabilities that operators are looking for from NFV service assurance solutions: 1) virtualized active probes for service testing; 2) virtualized passive probes for service monitoring; and 3) a near-real-time, big data collection and analytics engine. This latter aggregates probe data and analyzes it for troubleshooting and ...
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Steve Saunders, CEO and founder, Light Reading, 5/25/2017
Following a recent board meeting, the New IP Agency (NIA) has a new strategy to help accelerate the adoption of NFV capabilities, explains the Agency's Founder and Secretary, Steve Saunders.
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Steve Saunders, CEO and founder, Light Reading, 5/24/2017
Kicking off BCE 2017, Light Reading founder Steve Saunders lays blame for NFV's slow ramp-up and urges telecom to return to old-fashioned standards building and interoperability.
Roz Roseboro, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading, 5/23/2017
It is no secret that mobile data traffic has been growing exponentially -- and there is really no end in sight. Smartphone penetration rates continue to increase, leading to more creation and consumption of bandwidth-chewing video services.
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 5/23/2017
Masergy is adding a new option to its SD-WAN service, making it easier for customers who want to keep their MPLS connections for most enterprise services to also dump other traffic to the public Internet locally. (See Masergy Adds SD-Wan Option.)
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Craig Matsumoto, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading, 5/18/2017
AUSTIN, Texas -- Big Communications Event -- NFV is all about bringing virtualization into the carrier network, but what carriers want more is process automation.
Mitch Wagner, Editor, Enterprise Cloud, 5/17/2017
AUSTIN, Texas -- Big Communications Event -- Carriers are pushing the limits of network standardization, but they need to be sure to avoid standardizing too soon and stifling innovation.
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Craig Matsumoto, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading, 5/16/2017
AUSTIN, Texas -- Big Communications Event -- BT thinks the problems in NFV interoperability would be best solved by adopting common service models, and it's got at least 36 that it would be willing to contribute to the industry as a start.
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