Management and Orchestration (MANO) – Virtual Infrastructure Management (VIM) Evaluation

The New IP Agency (NIA), in partnership with EANTC, is pleased to invite all NFV vendors to participate in the next campaign of groundbreaking NFV interoperability evaluations. As part of NIA’s commitment to deliver tangible and objective information about the progress and adaptation of virtualization in the communications industry, EANTC will evaluate the multi-vendor interoperability between Management and Orchestration (MANO) functions and the Virtual Infrastructure Management (VIM). A deep-dive lab test will be combined with a live showcase.

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.

The test areas will be:

  • Network Service Life-Cycle Management
  • Image management of VNFs, instantiation and teardown of VNFs and network services (NS) using the NFV Orchestrator is the natural starting point. We will test interoperability between each MANO solution with the VIM and the VNFs involved.
  • Network Service Operations


  • NFV Orchestrators, VNF Managers
  • NFV Infrastructures / Virtual Infrastructure Management and Virtual Network Functions (VNF) Vendors

Publication Platforms

  • Light Reading
  • NIA
  • EANTC websites


  • Remote + On-site Preparation Mar-April 2017
  • Showcase (Austin, TX) May 15-17, 2017

Scaling Functions
An elastic response to changing resource requirements is a major aspect and benefit of virtualized network services. We will test the scale out and scale in on the NS- and VNF-level. This test will include a range of optional ways to trigger the scaling operations, based on VIM notification, VNF element management request or manual MANO stimulus.

The test plan will be a subset of the current draft of ETSI TST007 draft standard, which in turn incorporates the test plan for the recent ETSI PlugTest Q1/2017 (all of which were co-authored by EANTC). We will follow ETSI TST007 methodology to maximize transparency, industry impact and alignment, and minimize efforts for parties that have participated in ETSI standardization and PlugTest before.

Project Process – Three Project Phases:
First, vendors will install, configure and pre-stage their solutions remotely. This phase is to ensure testing readiness and to eliminate any configuration issues or misunderstandings. As much pre-testing (using EANTC’s automated MANO tester) can be done in this stage.

Second, during an on-site hot staging with all vendors present on-site, all formal tests will be conducted, preparing for the public report and showcase. Any test combinations to be reported successfully must be proven during this time. EANTC’s lab is based in Berlin, Germany. At the end of the second phase, EANTC will edit the detailed report and share it with participants for review and approval. In parallel, EANTC will take care of logistics to ship equipment to the U.S. where needed.

Third, publication of the final detailed report will and the public showcase at Light Reading’s Big Communications Event in Austin, Texas will take place simultaneously. Equipment will be presented on site and live demonstrations will take place frequently.

Participating Vendors Are Asked To:

  • Provide EANTC with software and licenses
  • Additionally, provide hardware (for NFVIs only)
  • Assign technical point of contact
  • Schedule prestaging sessions
  • Support the on-site hot staging (eight business days)
  • Support the live showcase (three business days)

Result Publication Guidelines
All participants will sign a multi-party NDA. We intend to publicly report on positive results only. Should your evaluation run into issues, EANTC will offer debugging and assistance services at additional cost. The interoperable MANO-VIM-VNF matrix will be created based on the positive results of the evaluation. Each vendor will receive a report card at the end of the evaluation documenting the exact configuration of the test combinations used for each successful evaluation. The information contained in the report card will be made available publicly.

Each organization will sign a contract and an NDA prior to the start of the evaluation.

Since the first public announcement of NIA, during Light Reading’s Big Communications Event in 2015, NIA’s interoperability program has been receiving immense support from Tier 1 service providers such as BT, Colt Technology Services, Deutsche Telekom and more.

We envision the following benefits for your participation:

  • High visibility with leading service providers
  • The New IP Agency and Light Reading marketing exposure
  • Objective, independent and fair platform to demonstrate your solution's availability
  • Increases your chance to establish a presence in service providers' labs
  • Neutral evaluation facility where all organizations and vendors are welcomed and can demonstrate interoperability
  • Standardized evaluation methodologies and deep understanding of customer requirements by the world's leading independent evaluation lab

The NIA test program is closely aligned with ETSI:

  • This NIA test campaign is based on the ETSI TST007 draft standard (edited by EANTC)
  • It follows up on ETSI’s first NFV PlugTest (Jan 2017); in addition to the engineering and quality assurance focus, NIA’s interoperability campaigns include publication of individual results, a live showcase, and the opportunity for participants to include the results in their product marketing
  • NIA test results will be fed back to ETSI, OpenStack and other bodies for evolution of standards and further test projects

How to Participate
The deadline to sign up for the NIA's Management and Orchestration (MANO) – Virtual Infrastructure Management (VIM) Evaluation is August 15, 2016. To receive more information on the evaluation and to inquire about how your company may participate, please contact Carsten Rossenhoevel,

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