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When the NIA was first established in 2015 we had one mission: to educate service providers about the ins and outs and intricacies of a relatively new and highly promising technology called NFV. But it very quickly became apparent from industry feedback that we needed to expand the scope of our mission.

Over the last two years, at the request of our service provider membership, the NIA has expanded its role to cover not only NFV, but also SDN. And we view both of these technologies as underlying enablers of the next great phase of communications: the automation of service provider networks and services - an area in which NIA is investing significant resources in 2017.

To make it easier to understand the NIA's mission, we have created the following six-part manifesto, referred to by the acronym 'STRICT*' for Strategy, Taxonomy, Repository, Interoperability, Community, and Testing.


NIA's over-arching mission is to provide service providers and carriers around the world with the information and analysis required to formulate profitable virtualization business strategies for the 21st Century.

Click here for information on NIA membership

The NIA is this year working with the world's leading communications companies to create the industry's first comprehensive hierarchical taxonomy of next-gen communications - a unique and exhaustive blueprint that will simplify and accelerate the design and construction and monetization of virtualized networks.

Click here to learn more about the taxonomy

We are engaged in the creation of an online database, or repository, of 'standardized service models,' written and donated free of charge by the world's leading carriers. These models allow service providers to take advantage of the business benefits of virtualizing services without having to wrestle with the underlying complexities of the NFV infrastructure technology.

Click here to learn more about the repository of standardized service models

The lack of interoperability between the VNFs being developed by application developers on the one hand and incumbent suppliers of NFV infrastructure on the other represents the current greatest impediment to the development of an open and burgeoning NFV market. NIA is this year addressing this crisis by developing a de facto industry standard for NFV interoperability, and accompanying certification, based on work already produced by industry organizations.

Click here to learn more about our interoperability/certification program

A key objective of the NIA is to provide a moderated venue through which members of the communications industry can share ideas, interact with one another, and even debate the strategies and tactics for driving forward network functions virtualization.

Click here to join the Virtuapedia community

In only two years the NIA has established a peerless reputation for conducting the most reliable and advanced independent laboratory evaluations of NFV technology from leading vendors, including service chaining, and VNF management. Our next test takes place in Q4 2017 and comprises a unique industry evaluation of the state of NFV/SDN integration.

Click here to learn more about our test program

The name 'STRICT' is not just a convenient acronym.

Click here to learn what's in a name.

"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 --
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Ray Le Maistre, International Group Editor, 9/20/2017
Automated back office operations is becoming a hot topic amongst major operators, including many of those at the recent Operations Transformation Forum in Hong Kong.
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Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, 9/20/2017
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU proposes new rules on non-personal data; Vodafone studies cybersecurity; Huawei joins Euro 5G project.
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Roz Roseboro, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading, 9/20/2017
Market watchers are anxious for NFV transformation to really take hold and for automation to become as routine for the telcos as it is for the cloud giants and webscale operators.
Robert Clark, , 9/19/2017
HONG KONG -- Operations Transformation Forum 2017 -- SDN and NFV are intended to make service providers more nimble, but when it comes to testing virtualized environments the opposite is the case.
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Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 9/14/2017
Service assurance data will play a key role in how network operators bring automation to their service engines, but how that data is used is changing significantly in the process. Increasingly, service assurance data will be part of "closed loops" that use constant assessment of network traffic and performance to optimize service quality, detect threats ...
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Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 9/12/2017
VMware is moving aggressively to embrace OpenStack and acknowledge the future role of open source in NFV, today announcing its carrier-grade version of an OpenStack virtual infrastructure manager (VIM) and taking aim at Red Hat, among others, in the process.
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 9/11/2017
ONAP's addition of Vodafone to its platinum member roster not only adds the voice of one of the largest global carriers and earliest implementers of NFV-SDN to the open source project, but also means ONAP now represents more than half of global telecom subscribers. (See Vodafone Joins ONAP.)
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 9/11/2017
In a move that should surprise no one, Amdocs today announced an NFV software and services portfolio based on ONAP.
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Iain Morris, News Editor, 9/8/2017
Openet's offices in Dublin offer a glimpse of what artificial intelligence (AI) betokens for the network operators of the future. Described by its developers as a fully automated "service capsule," the software can spin up an Internet of Things network service in just 29 minutes, they claim. In a traditional network environment, that process could take ...
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wickedghost, 9/1/2017 3:44:22 PM
CSPs Use NFV to Turn Challenges Into Opportunities
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CSPs Use NFV to Turn Challenges Into Opportunities
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Histink, 5/15/2017 11:01:50 AM
5 Ways CSPs Can Profit From Virtualization & Big Data
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CSPs Use NFV to Turn Challenges Into Opportunities
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NFV Orchestration, Infrastructure and VNF
Click to read the Multi-Vendor Interoperability Showcase 2017

CSP Attitudes Toward Digital Transformation: A Reality Check
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NFVi - VNF Interoperability Evaluation
Status: Updated December 2016
Click to participate
Click to read test results from 2015

VNF Management Interoperability Evaluation
Status: Completed

Service Chaining Interoperability Evaluation - Live NFV Interoperability Demo
Status: Completed in May 2016
Click to read the Live NFV Interop Demo Report

To learn how NFVi vendors may participate in the NIA's evaluations, click here.
Andrew Dugan, acting Chief Technology Officer at Level 3, discusses the service provider's SDN success and plans for NFV.
Produced in partnership with Ericsson, Cisco, Intel and Oracle, the Virtuapedia is the ultimate information source for people, companies, ...
Dave Ward, Cisco's CTO of Engineering and Chief Architect, outlines his vision for the future of virtualization.
AT&T's Doug Nassaur discusses interoperability and virtualization during BCE 2016 in Austin.
Lynn Comp, senior director of market development for the Network Platforms Group for Intel, outlines her vision for the future of virtualization.
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