Showing posts with label StandardsWatch. Show all posts
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Sunday, July 21, 2013

NFV Video Series: Overview and Objectives

In this 5-minute video, Dr. Christos Kolias, Senior Research Scientist at Orange Silicon Valley and one of the founding members of the NFV initiative within ETSI, introduces the basic concepts and objectives of network functions virtualisation. An ETSI meeting is underway this week in Bonn, Germany to further advance the initiative.

NFV, in a nutshell, is about implementing and running network functions and services purely in software, on commoditized servers.  The NFV vision is summarized as being able to operate in an environment where most if not of all of telecom boxes have given way to software-based solutions.

Back in fall of 2012, a number of operators got together and decided to form an industry specifications group under the European telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) in order to pursue the development of NFV.  The clear objective and mandate of the group is to produce a set of requirements (as laid by the operators) and an overall specifications framework that could lead to further standardization efforts - but the latter is a sought goal of this group.  Other goals include the exposure of use cases and the in-lab development of Proofs-of-concepts.





00:12 - What is NFV?
01:41 - What is the vision of NFV?
02:29 - Is NFV the same as SDN? How does NFV bring an Open Paradigm to Networking?
03:48 - Who is developing NFV? Will it be standardized?
04:32 - What are some basic NFV concepts?
05:04 - How can I learn more about NFV?

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    Thursday, June 27, 2013

    OIF Releases Papers on OTN Monitoring and PCE Implementation

    The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) has completed two critical technical whitepapers that address the increased adoption of OTN for 100G carrier networks and the use of PCE control technology as a building block towards Software Defined Networking (SDN).

    • OTN TCM whitepaper -- provides guidelines on the use of Tandem Connection Monitoring, a way of monitoring performance on segments of an OTN connection.  It focuses on guidelines for how to apply the six levels of TCM and is intended to help carriers best take advantage of the advanced monitoring functions provided by TCM.  The whitepaper provides a framework that can be pre-configured into switches to further reduce administrative overhead.
    • PCE Implementation Agreement -- defines the use of Path Computation Elements in a multi-domain ASON network, taking standards for PCE created by the IETF andidentifying subsets of the standards that can be adopted for interoperability across a multivendor, multi-domain carrier network.

    "The OIF is working to define a framework for Transport SDN requirements and functions in multi-domain ASON networks, leveraging input from OIF carrier members," said Lyndon Ong of Ciena and editor of the PCE IA. “PCE defines the separation of path computation functions from the data path and is an early step carriers can take towards SDN that extends the OIF E-NNI control plane.  The OIF E-NNI control plane has been tested in multiple OIF interoperability demonstrations.”

    http://oiforum.com


    Thursday, November 1, 2012

    OIF Approves Security IAs and Elects Leaders


    The Optical Internetworking Forum approved three security implementation agreements (IAs) and elected several new directors and committee chairs. 

    The newly approved IAs include:

    Security for Management Interfaces to Network Elements 2.0
    Network elements have OAM&P interfaces used for network management, billing andaccounting, configuration, error logging, maintenance and other administrative activities unprotected. This IA defines improved mechanisms for securing and protecting OAM&P interfaces to a network element. 

    Security Extension for UNI and E-NNI 2.1
    This IA defines and updates common Security Extensions for securing the protocols used in the OIF’s UNI and E-NNI which calls for a complete, unified and simplified approach to security.

    OIF Control Plane Logging and Auditing with Syslog Version 1.1
    This IA addresses updates for controlling and securing the generation, transport and storage of log data to enable an auditing capability for the OIF’s UNI and E-NNI.

    Newly elected to the board of directors are John McDonough of NEC, who will serve a one-year term as vice president of marketing, and David Stauffer of IBM and Hans-Martin Foisel of Deutsche Telekom who will each serve a two-year term as a board member.  

    Also newly elected is Joe Whitehouse of Metaswitch Networks, who will serve a one-year term as the Market Awareness& Education co-chair, Networking.

    Re-elected to the OIF board of directors are the following;

    Ghani Abbas of Ericsson, who will serve a two-year term, was appointed Secretary/Treasurer, and Vishnu Shukla of Verizon, who will extend his term as vice president for one-year.

    Re-elected as OIF officers and committee chairs are the following;
    Jonathan Sadler of Tellabs as Technical Committee chair, 
    Nathan Tracy of TE Connectivity as Technical Committee vice-chair, 
    Rod Smith of TE Connectivity as Market Awareness & Education co-chair, PLL, and 
    Torsten Wuth of Nokia Siemens Networks as the Physical Layer User Group chair.

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012

    Seeking a Better Paradigm for Global Standards

    IEEE, Internet Architecture Board (IAB), Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), Internet Society and World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) reached agreement for establishing a modern paradigm for global, open standards.

    The agreement is premised on the understanding that the economics of global markets - fueled by technological innovation - drive global deployment of standards, regardless of their formal status within traditional bodies of national representation.

    The OpenStand principles demand:
    • cooperation among standards organizations;
    • adherence to due process, broad consensus, transparency, balance and openness in standards development;
    • commitment to technical merit, interoperability, competition, innovation and benefit to humanity;
    • availability of standards to all, and
    • voluntary adoption.
    Standards developed and adopted via the OpenStand principles include IEEE standards for the Internet’s physical connectivity, IETF standards for end-to-end global Internet interoperability and the W3C standards for the World Wide Web.

    “New dynamics and pressures on global industry have driven changes in the ways that standards are developed and adopted around the world,” said Steve Mills, president of the IEEE Standards Association. “Increasing globalization of markets, the rapid advancement of technology and intensifying time-to-market demands have forced industry to seek more efficient ways to define the global standards that help expand global markets. The OpenStand principles foster the more efficient international standardization paradigm that the world needs.”

    “The Internet and World Wide Web have fueled an economic and social transformation, touching billions of lives. Efficient standardization of so many technologies has been key to the success of the global Internet,” said Russ Housley, IETF chair. “These global standards were developed with a focus toward technical excellence and deployed through collaboration of many participants from all around the world. The results have literally changed the world, surpassing anything that has ever been achieved through any other standards-development model.”

    http://open-stand.org/

    Monday, August 27, 2012

    New Cloud Advisory Council Gets Started

    A new Cloud Advisory Council has been established to support the roll-out of next-generation cloud architecture.

    The Cloud Advisory Council brings together original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), strategic technology suppliers, independent software vendors (ISVs), and end-users.

    Founding members include: AMAX, AMD, Atlantic.Net, Check Point Software, Colfax, DDN, Eucalyptus, Mellanox Technologies, Nanjing Standard Communication, Nimbula, ProfitBricks, SGI, Sugon, Supermicro, and Xeround.

    http://cloudadvisorycouncil.com/

    Tuesday, June 26, 2012

    MPEG Industry Forum Concludes its Work

    The MPEG Industry Forum declared victory and is now winding down its work. By the end of this month, all remaining assets will be put into the hands of the Open IPTV Forum.

    The MPEG Industry Forum was initiated in June 2000 with mission to educate and evangelize an emerging standards based solution that became known as MPEG-4 Part 10, aka AVC, aka H.264. At the time, there was considerable industry fragmentation as to the future of video compression. Slowly but surely H.264 gained mind share and then market share and today is clearly the dominant codec of choice replacing MPEG-2 around the world. Hence, the MPEG Forum has declared victory.
    http://www.mpegif.org

    MPEG Industry Forum Concludes its Work

    The MPEG Industry Forum declared victory and is now winding down its work. By the end of this month, all remaining assets will be put into the hands of the Open IPTV Forum.



    The MPEG Industry Forum was initiated in June 2000 with mission to educate and evangelize an emerging standards based solution that became known as MPEG-4 Part 10, aka AVC, aka H.264. At the time, there was considerable industry fragmentation as to the future of video compression. Slowly but surely H.264 gained mind share and then market share and today is clearly the dominant codec of choice replacing MPEG-2 around the world. Hence, the MPEG Forum has declared victory.
    http://www.mpegif.org

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

    TM Forum and Open Data Center Alliance Target Clouds

    The TM Forum and the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) are working together to develop standards for enterprise cloud services. The ODCA and the ECLC plan to work on two projects per year with the ODCA leading the definition of enterprise requirements, and the ECLC conducting proof of concept projects to evaluate how new requirements address enterprise needs. Their initial projects will define specific aspects of virtual private cloud, including the computing aspects of Infrastructure-as-a-Service such as the creation of standards-based service catalogs and standard units of measure--or ways to quantify or describe different cloud services such as speed, storage capacity, security and bandwidth.
    http://www.tmforum.orghttp://www.opendatacenteralliance.org

    TM Forum and Open Data Center Alliance Target Clouds

    The TM Forum and the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) are working together to develop standards for enterprise cloud services. The ODCA and the ECLC plan to work on two projects per year with the ODCA leading the definition of enterprise requirements, and the ECLC conducting proof of concept projects to evaluate how new requirements address enterprise needs. Their initial projects will define specific aspects of virtual private cloud, including the computing aspects of Infrastructure-as-a-Service such as the creation of standards-based service catalogs and standard units of measure--or ways to quantify or describe different cloud services such as speed, storage capacity, security and bandwidth.
    http://www.tmforum.orghttp://www.opendatacenteralliance.org

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

    CableLabs Announces DOCSIS-Supported EPON Qualification

    CableLabs has introduced an equipment qualification program for its DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE) project, with an aim to facilitate accelerated development of devices that support the delivery of business communications services using Ethernet Passive Optical Network.


    CableLabs said its DPoE Qualification Program allows equipment makers to certify that their technology and devices are compliant with CableLabs DPoE version 1.0 specifications, which describe a common approach for using DOCSIS back-office provisioning processes to deliver business data services over EPON access networks. The DPoE specifications were published in February 2011.


    "Having devices qualified by CableLabs promises to encourage widespread deployment of this new technology and lower costs to both cable operators and business customers by leveraging the proven provisioning capabilities of DOCSIS," said Nomi Bergman, President of Bright House Networks.
    http://www.cablelabs.com

    Tuesday, January 17, 2012

    ETSI Approves Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP)

    ETSI, the European standards organization, published two specifications aimed at accelerating the deployment of Smart Grid technologies.


    The two OSGP specifications that originated with ESNA and were published by ETSI for global use are:


    Group specification GS OSG 001: Open Smart Grid Protocol. Produced by the ETSI Open Smart Grid Industry Specification Group, this application layer protocol can be used with multiple communication media.


    Technical specification TS 103 908: Powerline Telecommunications (PLT); BPSK Narrow Band Power Line Channel for Smart Metering Applications. This specification defines a high-performance narrow band powerline channel for control networking in the smart grid that can be used with multiple smart grid devices. It was produced by the ETSI Technical Committee for Powerline Telecommunications (TC PLT).
    http://www.etsi.org

    Tuesday, January 10, 2012

    IEEE Targets Network-Adaptive QoE Standard -- P1907.1

    The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Standards Board has approved work to begin on IEEE P1907.1 – Standard for Network-Adaptive Quality of Experience (QoE) Management Scheme for Real-Time Mobile Video Communications.


    The proposed standard would address the quality of mobile video communications. It would help network operators, application developers, service/content providers and end users to develop, deploy and utilize real-time collaborative services.


    “The goal of IEEE P1907.1 is to help raise the bar for real-time mobile video communications, ultimately resulting in a richer and more satisfying end-user experience,�? said John Ralston, chair of the IEEE P1907.1 Working Group. “By tackling real-time video capture, transmission and monitoring of received video quality, IEEE P1907.1 is intended to facilitate a high-quality real-time mobile video user experience within the constraints of mobile devices and networks."


    The first meeting of the IEEE P1907.1 Working Group is scheduled for March 2012 in Piscataway, N.J.http://standards.ieee.org/develop/project/1907.1.html

    Sunday, January 8, 2012

    IEEE Forms Power Matters Alliance to Pursue Wireless Charging

    IEEE will form a new Power Matters Alliance (PMA) dedicated to remaking consumers’ daily interaction with power as wireless, environmentally sound, and smart. The PMA will develop the suite of "Power 2.0" standards covering the entire consumer power ecosystem, such as mobile, computing, in-car, consumer electronics, smart batteries, household power, and power-in-public-places. Additionally, Power 2.0 will enable interaction of software and services with power.


    “IEEE has been a leader in the advancement of power since its earliest days, when electricity was just beginning to become a major force in society, to today where we have more than 100 active standards or standards in development specifically related to power,�? said Judith Gorman, managing director, IEEE Standards Association.
    http://www.ieee.org

    Tuesday, December 20, 2011

    Japanese Carriers Establish Consortium to Promote NFC

    A new Japan Mobile NFC Consortium has been established by NTT DOCOMO, KDDI and SOFTBANK MOBILE to coordinate the adoption of multiple international standards for near field communication (NFC) technologies incorporated in their mobile devices and services.


    Japan’s three mobile operators already offer Osaifu- Keitai™(wallet phone) mobile services based on the contactless-IC smartcard called FeliCa.


    Overseas, however, mobile operators and service providers are increasingly adopting Type A and Type B standards to develop growing markets for NFC services. In view of this worldwide trend, the consortium intends to work with mobile industry groups in Japan, including service suppliers and handset manufacturers, to incorporate compatibility with the Type A and B standards in the Japanese mobile ecosystem.
    http://www.ntt.co.jp

    Japanese Carriers Establish Consortium to Promote NFC

    A new Japan Mobile NFC Consortium has been established by NTT DOCOMO, KDDI and SOFTBANK MOBILE to coordinate the adoption of multiple international standards for near field communication (NFC) technologies incorporated in their mobile devices and services.

    Japan’s three mobile operators already offer Osaifu- Keitai™(wallet phone) mobile services based on the contactless-IC smartcard called FeliCa.

    Overseas, however, mobile operators and service providers are increasingly adopting Type A and Type B standards to develop growing markets for NFC services. In view of this worldwide trend, the consortium intends to work with mobile industry groups in Japan, including service suppliers and handset manufacturers, to incorporate compatibility with the Type A and B standards in the Japanese mobile ecosystem.
    http://www.ntt.co.jp

    Wednesday, December 14, 2011

    TIA Releases M2M Smart Device Communications Reference Architecture

    The Telecommunications Industry Association's (TIA) released a specification defining a Smart Device Communications Reference Architecture for machine-to-machine (M2M) applications.


    The TIA-4940 Smart Device Communications Reference Architecture standard addresses common requirements and interoperability of essential intelligent/smart devices across industries. It will work across both wired and wireless transport layers and take advantage of IP-enabled applications covering different types of vertical markets.


    "We are very pleased that the committee developed this M2M Standard quickly with effective collaboration with other international Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) throughout the process," said Cheryl Blum, TIA Vice-President for Technology and Standards.


    Copies of TIA-4940, as well as all TIA standards, are available for purchase onlinehttp://global.ihs.com
    http://www.tianow.org

    TIA Releases M2M Smart Device Communications Reference Architecture

    The Telecommunications Industry Association's (TIA) released a specification defining a Smart Device Communications Reference Architecture for machine-to-machine (M2M) applications.


    The TIA-4940 Smart Device Communications Reference Architecture standard addresses common requirements and interoperability of essential intelligent/smart devices across industries. It will work across both wired and wireless transport layers and take advantage of IP-enabled applications covering different types of vertical markets.


    "We are very pleased that the committee developed this M2M Standard quickly with effective collaboration with other international Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) throughout the process," said Cheryl Blum, TIA Vice-President for Technology and Standards.


    Copies of TIA-4940, as well as all TIA standards, are available for purchase onlinehttp://global.ihs.com
    http://www.tianow.org

    Wednesday, December 7, 2011

    Broadband Forum's TR-221 Addresses MPLS for Mobile Backhaul

    The Broadband Forum published its new "Technical Specification for MPLS in Mobile Backhaul Networks" (TR-221), which is set to become a key enabler for mobile operators as they migrate from traditional TDM networks to packet-based transport technologies and from 2G/3G to 4G and LTE services. TR-221 provides a key resource to the industry as it gears up for explosive growth in IP traffic driven by new and enhanced devices on the mobile market, from tablets and smartphones to multifunction gaming consoles.


    TR-221 focuses on the applications of MPLS technology in a range of services that may be used to transport wireless traffic in the access and aggregation networks, including IP, TDM, ATM and Ethernet. It defines the global requirements of MPLS technology in these networks in respect of encapsulation, signalling and routing, QoS, OAM, resiliency, security and synchronization. It also covers expected services over the backhaul network that include voice, multimedia services, data traffic, and multicast traffic such as multimedia broadcast and multicast services (MBMS). Adherence to these requirements will create global standards for MPLS oriented equipment, establishing more network interoperability, speeding deployments and lowering the overall costs of the backhaul network.


    Defining a range of reference architectures for MPLS based Mobile Backhaul networks; TR-221 includes specifications for the various transport scenarios applicable to all mobile networks (e.g. 2G, 3G and LTE). It also specifies the equipment requirements for the control, user and management planes to provide unified and consistent end-to-end transport services for mobile backhaul.


    Robin Mersh, CEO of the Broadband Forum, said: "TR-221 is a critical part of establishing multi-vendor interoperability in converged MPLS based backhaul networks. As mobile operators look to preserve their investment in traditional TDM and ATM networks whilst developing their 4G/LTE architectures, TR-221 will enable them to integrate new packet-based MPLS technologies into their established networks. Operators will be able to evolve their networks to be faster and more efficient to meet the increasing multimedia needs of the mobile user, whilst preserving a lower cost per bit in the backhaul network."http://www.broadband-forum.org

    Broadband Forum's TR-221 Addresses MPLS for Mobile Backhaul

    The Broadband Forum published its new "Technical Specification for MPLS in Mobile Backhaul Networks" (TR-221), which is set to become a key enabler for mobile operators as they migrate from traditional TDM networks to packet-based transport technologies and from 2G/3G to 4G and LTE services. TR-221 provides a key resource to the industry as it gears up for explosive growth in IP traffic driven by new and enhanced devices on the mobile market, from tablets and smartphones to multifunction gaming consoles.


    TR-221 focuses on the applications of MPLS technology in a range of services that may be used to transport wireless traffic in the access and aggregation networks, including IP, TDM, ATM and Ethernet. It defines the global requirements of MPLS technology in these networks in respect of encapsulation, signalling and routing, QoS, OAM, resiliency, security and synchronization. It also covers expected services over the backhaul network that include voice, multimedia services, data traffic, and multicast traffic such as multimedia broadcast and multicast services (MBMS). Adherence to these requirements will create global standards for MPLS oriented equipment, establishing more network interoperability, speeding deployments and lowering the overall costs of the backhaul network.


    Defining a range of reference architectures for MPLS based Mobile Backhaul networks; TR-221 includes specifications for the various transport scenarios applicable to all mobile networks (e.g. 2G, 3G and LTE). It also specifies the equipment requirements for the control, user and management planes to provide unified and consistent end-to-end transport services for mobile backhaul.


    Robin Mersh, CEO of the Broadband Forum, said: "TR-221 is a critical part of establishing multi-vendor interoperability in converged MPLS based backhaul networks. As mobile operators look to preserve their investment in traditional TDM and ATM networks whilst developing their 4G/LTE architectures, TR-221 will enable them to integrate new packet-based MPLS technologies into their established networks. Operators will be able to evolve their networks to be faster and more efficient to meet the increasing multimedia needs of the mobile user, whilst preserving a lower cost per bit in the backhaul network."http://www.broadband-forum.org

    Sunday, December 4, 2011

    IEEE Investigates EPON over Coax

    The IEEE has launched a study group to investigate a new PHY (Physical Layer) standard for operating the Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON) protocol transparently over coaxial distribution networks. The goal would be to use IEEE 802.3 Ethernet specifications to significantly boost and broaden the capabilities of Ethernet in existing access networks.


    IEEE 802.3 EPON specifications include symmetric data rates of 1 Gbps and 10 Gbps, as well as asymmetric data rates of 10 Gbps downstream and 1 Gbps upstream.


    “Operating EPON transparently over coax is a significant step forward. It will help to transform the industry by greatly simplifying operator networks while simultaneously offering subscribers easy and efficient access to dramatically increased bandwidth,�? said Howard Frazier, chair, IEEE 802.3 EPoC Study Group and senior technical director, Broadcom Corporation. “The ability to leverage existing Ethernet infrastructures and cable plant investments while offering a ten-fold increase in data speeds is revolutionary.�?


    http://www.ieee.org

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