On The New IP's next Tune-in Tuesday Radio Show (October 21 at 2 p.m. ET), I'll be talking to Ken Dilbeck, VP Collaboration R&D, TM Forum about the importance of policy management when it comes to profiting from network functions virtualization (NFV). Ken blogged about policy management for The New IP this week. (See NFV Policy Wake-up Call.)
My radio show interview with Ken will delve a bit deeper into why policy management seems to be the stepchild to other NFV challenges such as security and performance. To give you a sneak peek, I did a quick interview with Ken on what we'll be talking about next week. Plus, I've got big news! The first 50 people to register for the radio show get a snazzy T-shirt from The New IP! (Register for the show here).)
The New IP: Why is policy management so critical to network functions virtualization (NFV), what does it enable and why has it been so low-profile if it is so critical?
KD: The key to realizing NFV is automation, and policy is a key enabler of automation. Policy is the way you build flexibility and dynamic, adaptive behavior into a system. The critical missing part is that no one is looking at this from an end-to-end service delivery capability in a "cloud of clouds" environment.
The New IP: Will there be a wake-up call to the importance of policy management? What needs to happen for it to become a priority?
KD: Policy management is a key enabler across the board. The call for taking a holistic view and the need for reusing terms and definitions, is a call to turn the spotlight on what is common across the layers.
The New IP: Who are the key players that can prioritize policy, and what roles do they need to play to bring policy management for NFV to the forefront?
KD: There are a small groups of policy experts that are scattered across different standards development organizations and focused on different technologies. However I think SDOs need to actively share the early work they are doing on policy, and encourage their experts to reuse and share best practices and if possible agree to common usage of terms and patterns.
The New IP: Separately from ETSI, 30 operators together released a new white paper this week that gives perspective on NFV work to date, and goals and themes for future work with a focus on the practical aspects of virtualization. How and where does policy management fit into those goals and themes? (See ETSI Group to Tackle Thorny Operations Issues.)
KD: If you look at the future requirements laid out in most recent white paper it is taking a holistic view of operations rather than the current piecemeal approach.
Tune into The New IP on Tuesday, October 21 at 2 p.m. ET for a great discussion with Ken and more details on policy management. He'll be taking your questions during the show and afterwards in a live chat.
— Elizabeth Miller Coyne, Editor, The New IP