Virtual Network Functions Management (VNFM) Interoperability Evaluation

The deadline for VNFM vendors to sign up for the NIA’s VNFM Interoperability Evaluation is August 15, 2016. To receive more information on the evaluation and to inquire about how your company may participate, please contact info@newipagency.com.

The New IP Agency (NIA), together with its testing partner EANTC, is pleased to invite you to participate in a new kind of interoperability evaluation. As part of NIA’s commitment to deliver tangible and objective information about the progress and adoption of virtualized solutions in the telecom industry, the NIA will evaluate Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) in a real-world, multivendor and independently verified test campaign.

In the NFVi-VNF evaluation, NIA focuses on the virtual infrastructure management (VIM/NFVi) and virtual network functions (VNFs). This baseline interoperability program confirms resource and infrastructure environment interoperability. Now we are moving one step further – towards multivendor management and operations interoperability. The VNF Management test program will focus on:

VNF Manager (VNFM) managing a VNF, both from one (the same) vendor, with Virtual Infrastructure Manager (VIM) and the associated NFV Infrastructure (NFVi) from another vendor

The test cases will focus on the interface called “Vi-Vnfm” by ETSI NFV ISG and described in its draft document IFA006. We accept implementations based on OpenStack Kilo or Liberty release, or alternatively based on other open source or proprietary virtualization solutions on request.

The test setup will not involve platform or service orchestration interoperability in this test phase yet. For life-cycle management, the direct resource management model will be used.

There are a few generic VNFMs (mostly open source) under development; if there is interest from the industry, we might include these and test interoperability between VNFs and the generic VNFM(s) in accordance with ETSI IFA008.

Our goal is to create an industry-wide matrix of interoperable VNF/VNFM to NFVi/VIM pairs. NIA will publish detailed test case information together with reproducible configurations for all passing combinations, enabling communication service providers to save lab testing efforts and to accelerate deployment of NFVMs.

We intend to validate the following aspects:

VNF Instantiation using VNFM
The VNF will be instantiated via the VNFM. The parameters will typically be conveyed to the NFVi based on Heat Orchestration Templates. The tests will include processing service templates, creating service flavors, policies and network addressing. Testing will cover standard life-cycle management activities including instantiation and tear-down via VNFM.

We will particularly focus the assignment of compute, storage and network resources via VNFM, including IP addressing.

VNF Configuration and Licensing
We will verify the VNFM’s ability to configure the VNF on the application-layer, enabling basic life functions and data-plane validation.

As in the NFvi-VNF evaluation, we will conduct a functional data-plane test once the VNF is running. In addition, we will assess the VNFM’s ability to install and manage a license for the VNF.

Operational Functions
We will evaluate interoperability of resource requests issued by the VNFM to the VIM: querying status and quotas, updating, scaling, migrating, and terminating compute/network resources. Scaling out/in one additional VNF instance will be tested, too, plus recovery upon VNF shutdown or unplanned deletion.

(Optional) Fault Management and Performance Monitoring
As a non-mandatory extension of the tests, we will be ready to evaluate correct functionality of alarms notifications and VNF performance monitoring data latched from the VIM and collected/displayed by the VNFM.

Invited
Entities (commercial and noncommercial) supplying either a VNFM together with VNF or a Generic VNFM.

Project Process: VNF/VNFM Vendors
VNF/VNFM vendors are requested to provide software image(s), install their VNFM software on their own hardware deposited at EANTC’s lab or on an EANTC-provided VM, and to train the EANTC team how to provision the VNFM. Subsequently, EANTC will schedule test slots – at minimum two – with NFVis/VIMs. Testing slots will be assigned on a first come, first served basis taking vendor requests and availability into account as far as possible.

Participation Fees
Each organization will sign a contract and an NDA prior to the start of the testing.

Fees
VNFM/VNF Vendors – Per VNF type tested, includes two test combinations $9,500

Your Benefits
NIA’s interoperability test program has been receiving immense support from Tier 1 service providers such as BT, Colt Group, Cox Communications, Deutsche Telekom and more. We envision the following benefits for your participation:

  • High visibility with leading service providers
  • The New I P Agency and Light Reading marketing exposure
  • Objective, independent and fair platform to demonstrate your solution’s availability
  • Increases your chances to gain a foothold into service provider’s labs as well as your readiness to succeed
  • Neutral testing facility where all organizations and vendors are welcomed and can demonstrate interoperability
  • Standardized test methodologies and deep customer requirements by the world’s leading independent test lab

How to Participate
The deadline for VNF/VNFM vendors to sign up for the NIA’s VNF Management Interoperability Evaluation is August 15, 2016. To receive more information on the evaluation and to inquire about how your company may participate, please contact info@newipagency.com.

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