Service providers spend valuable resources duplicating interoperability tests within their internal labs -- not only expending their own money, technologies and intelligence -- but also slowing the adoption of NFV solutions internally and at customer sites.
Smaller CSPs, often unable to conduct these tests on a broad scale, either postpone NFV implementations; rely on vendors' ecosystems of a handful of pre-approved products shown to work together or follow the lead of tier one operators such as AT&T and Verizon. But these paths eliminate one of NFV's benefits -- empowering CSPs to leverage existing technologies and use best-of-breed or most applicable products for their given environment.
Meet the Panel
NIA Director Jeff Hannah (top left); Nico Fischbach, Director of Strategy, Architecture and Innovation at Colt Technology Services (right); and
EANTC Managing Director Carsten Rossenhoevel will share early results of the NIA interoperability tests and what they mean for service providers.
It's perhaps no surprise, then, that one of the New IP Agency's most popular membership benefits is the opportunity for vendors to participate in heavily discounted third-party, independent interoperability testing
at partner EANTC's lab
in Berlin. These results -- which will be published in Light Reading and on the NIA website in early December -- give vendors and CSPs insight into virtualization products' interoperability strengths, eliminating the need for some internal tests and accelerating the move from concept to implementation.
"CSPs spend untold millions duplicating the same tests. By proving interoperability via independent testing, vendors demonstrate their ability to work with others and service providers can eliminate some internal tests, accelerating the implementation process and their ability to grow business services and revenue," says Jeff Hannah, New IP Agency director. "NIA will expand our testing program in the coming year to further equip members for even faster growth. Rather than repeating the same tests over and over, service providers then can focus on more revenue- or business-driving goals, to the benefit of their organizations and their customers."
Join us on Monday, November 28 at 2:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT) for a sneak peek into the results of the most recent interoperability tests: NFVi-VNF and VNF Management. In addition to NIA Director Jeff Hannah and EANTC Managing Director Carsten Rossenhoevel, the show will include Nico Fischbach, director of strategy, architecture and innovation at Colt Technology Services, who will discuss what the results mean to CSPs, how independent testing benefits service providers and how multiple standards affect NFV adoption rates among customers. To be part of the show, register here.
— Alison Diana, Editor, The New IP Agency. Follow her on Twitter @alisoncdiana or @The_New_IP.