What We Do
As part of the services offered by NIA, we aim to provide real-world data about interoperability between NFV elements via independent and open multi-vendor industry tests. We do this by conducting periodic test evaluations, each designed to address the various building blocks of Network Functions Virtualization. The results of evaluations are made publically available so CSPs and enterprises of all sizes may benefit from the knowledge of which vendors’ solutions work together; creating a taxonomy of interoperable virtualized solutions. This is an ongoing process that any organization can participate in, including past and present test evaluations. The goal of all of the NIA’s evaluations is to provide the communications industry with information on interoperable NFV solutions in order to accelerate the adoption of NFV.
The NIA Currently Hosts Ongoing Evaluations on the Following NFV Building Blocks
- MANO Interoperability Evaluation
– This evaluation addresses multi-vendor interoperability between Management and Orchestration (MANO) functions and the Virtual Infrastructure Management (VIM). The goal of this evaluation is to publish a matrix of interoperable NFV orchestration and NFV infrastructure combinations. This is one of the most likely multi-vendor integrations needed by service providers. Once selected, orchestration needs to function with multiple infrastructure solutions over time. A detailed NIA test report will detail successful test combinations, analyze issues on an industry level, and explain features working best today. In a live showcase, tangible results will be presented publicly in collaboration with participating vendors. Click here to download a PDF version
- NFVi-VNF Interoperability Evaluation – This evaluation addresses NFV infrastructure (NFVi) – Virtual Network Functions (VNF) interoperability. The focus of the evaluation is on the runtime environment and is intended to provide a baseline interoperability evaluation that confirms resource and infrastructure environment interoperability. How to onboard the VNF image, substantiate and change operational perimeters are just a few of the evaluations participants can expect.
- VNF Management Interoperability Evaluation – This evaluation addresses VNF Manager (VNFM) – Virtual Infrastructure Manager (VIM) and associated NFV infrastructure (NFVi) interoperability. The focus of the evaluation is on the interface called “Vi-Vnfm” by ETSI NFV ISG and is intended to evaluate interoperability amongst a VNFM managing a VNF with a VIM/NFVi. VNFMs and VNFs from one vendor are preferred, but VNFMs and VNFs from multiple vendors are also welcome. VNF Instantiation using VNFM, VNF Configuring and Licensing and interoperability of resource requests are a few of the items this evaluation is intended to validate.
The NIA and its membership will continue to define interoperability evaluations for the NIA to host, to include new evaluations on Service Function Chaining with Traditional Access Networks and SDN Networks, Monitoring, Traffic Steering, High Availability and Auto Healing. We invite and encourage all organizations offering NFV components to join the tests and help provide the industry with the first complete overview of truly interoperable virtualized networking solutions.
How Vendors Participate in the NIA’s Evaluations
NIA interoperability evaluations are exclusively reserved to NIA members. NIA members receive significantly discounted rates on interoperability evaluations performed by the NIA’s contracted testing lab, EANTC, an internationally recognized independent lab.
NFVi Participants - We ask NFVi vendors to supply their infrastructure in advance of the NIA’s scheduled testing activities, providing adequate lead time for shipment of hardware, installation, configuration and familiarization with your NFVi.
VNF Participants - VNF developers are encouraged to initially participate in the NIA’s NFVi-VNF interoperability evaluation in order to determine baseline interoperability with NFVis, after which developers of VNFs may participate in any NIA evaluation applicable to your solution.
NFVi and VNF vendors may participate in the NIA’s interoperability evaluations either remotely or on-site.
To learn more about the NIA’s evaluations underway and how your company may participate, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Our Testing Lab
NIA has contracted the European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC), the world's leading independent test lab, to coordinate and implement the interoperability program. EANTC has been demonstrating its ability to efficiently and professionally perform interoperability showcases since 1999, running, for example, the MPLS World Congress Interoperability showcase for the past 12 years. EANTC has also been a contributing member of ETSI's NFV Industry Specifications Group since 2013 and has co-authored the PoC (proof of concept) framework. We are excited to have EANTC on board.