Orange Business Services becomes latest member of the New IP Agency
With more than three dozen standards and industry consortia initiatives seeking to define and implement virtualization standards, communication service providers must research and test the interoperability of multiple developers' products.
Looking to streamline the research and testing process, help shape the industry's focus on interoperability and lead the next generation of virtualization technologies, Orange Business Services has joined the New IP Agency (NIA). The non-profit, international organization provides information, education, analysis, community services and independent testing through its testing partner, EANTC, to support and accelerate implementation of open, advanced virtualized IP networks at lower costs and turnaround times, with higher profitability for service providers.
"We want to continue to be close to the latest developments with virtual network functions and keep a pulse on where the industry is heading. We see this as a great opportunity to be an integral player in the standards discussion, from a service provider perspective, but also with an eye on the end-user benefits," says Bob O'Brien, vice president of connectivity and security solutions, Americas, at Orange Business Services. "There are a lot of different consortia and organizations that have formed, but this seemed like a unique space and one that can really add a lot of value to the service provider community -- and ultimately to customers as well."
Since it was founded earlier this year, the New IP Agency has grown to include many leading service providers, such as Deutsche Telekom, Colt Technology Services and XO Communications, as well as leading NFV developers, including Cisco, Nokia, Huawei and Juniper. A full list of NIA members is available here.
"We're thrilled to welcome Orange Business Services to the New IP Agency team," said NIA Director Jeff Hannah. "We're not creating yet another standard. That just won't work given the nature of open source development in virtualization. Rather, we're helping service providers and developers navigate the tens of virtualization initiatives and specification groups already out there, creating a negotiable path forward for the communications industry so service providers can spend less time and fewer resources on basic interoperability testing and more time designing and implementing solutions for themselves and their customers. The insight provided by Orange Business Services and all of the NIA's service provider membership will help developers build better, more interoperable products that come to market faster and are, therefore, more in line with what operators want."
For more information on the New IP Agency, contact Jeff Hannah at Hannah@NewIPAgency.com or visit NewIPAgency.com.
— Alison Diana, Editor, The New IP Agency. Follow her on Twitter @alisoncdiana or @The_New_IP.