Light Reading's much-anticipated multi-vendor NFV interoperability test report is in. The results reveal the challenges of moving to New IP architecture both for service providers and suppliers.
This report is the culmination of two months of testing and evaluation commissioned by Light Reading and performed by European Advanced Networking Test Center AG (EANTC) for the the New IP Agency (NIA), the not-for-profit that will officially launch in 2016.
What is significant about this test is... well... practically everything. To start, the focus of this Phase 1 test was interoperability between multiple NFV infrastructure (NFVi) systems and multiple virtual network functions (VNFs). Four vendors submitted NFVi systems (all based on OpenStack), while 12 companies provided various VNFs.
In addition, according to Light Reading's Editor-in-Chief, Ray Le Maistre, "The independence of the evaluation process and resulting report is of paramount importance and part of what makes this a unique undertaking." He wrote in a blog on Light Reading today: "Multiple NFV tests have been organized and managed by vendors, some of them involving partners from NFV ecosystems, but this is the first multivendor evaluation that has been organized, planned, managed and executed by an independent third party." (See Light Reading Publishes Unique NFV Interoperability Test Report.)
Here is a list of the test participants:
- Alcatel-Lucent (also supplied NFVi)
- Cisco Systems (also supplied NFVi)
- Cobham Wireless
- Hitachi Communication Technologies America
- Huawei Technologies (also supplied NFVi)
- IneoQuest Technologies
- Juniper Networks (also supplied NFVi)
- Metaswitch Networks
- Procera Networks
- Sonus Networks
To find out the play-by-play and the test results, you can read the full report on Light Reading or by following the link below. To whet your appetite, here are a few highlights from the report as called out by Le Maistre:
- Working with the 12 vendors, EANTC performed 39 separate interoperability tests.
- Of those 39 combinations, 25 (or 64%) passed.
- To gain a pass, four mandatory test cases had to be successfully completed.
- Nearly 80 people from more than 15 companies and organizations were involved during the seven-week process.
- Among the many takeaways highlighted by the EANTC team during the evaluation process was the performance of OpenStack: "There were tons of interop issues despite the fact that all NFVis were based on OpenStack," noted Carsten Rossenhövel, managing director at EANTC.
So grab your cup of coffee and read the full report here: EXCLUSIVE! NFV Interop Evaluation Results.
— Elizabeth Miller Coyne, Editor, The New IP