Sunday, August 3, 2014

ETSI Makes Progress on NFV - Nine Drafts Released

At its 7th meeting, held this week in Silicon Valley, ETSI’s Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) Industry Specification Group (ISG) released nine draft documents for industry comment and elected a new leadership team.

The nine draft documents, which are now posted online, will together complete the first release of NFV when published at the end of the year.

The documents include an infrastructure overview, the virtualized network functions architecture and the compute, hypervisor and infrastructure network domains. They also cover management and orchestration, resiliency, interfaces and abstractions, and security. These are:

NFV-INF007v031-Interfaces and Abstractions.pdf
NFV-MAN001v061- management and orchestration.pdf
NFV-REL001v013-Resiliency Requirements.pdf

Dr. Steven Wright, of AT&T, was elected as chairman, and Mr. Nakamura Tetsuya, of NTT DoCoMo, was chosen as vice-chairman. Both are elected for a period of two years.

Dr. Wright commented “I’d like to thank the outgoing chair, Prodip Sen, and all the ISG participants, for their hard work to bring the ISG to this point. I look forward to assisting the ISG as it continues to progress towards its goal of an open NFV ecosystem with interoperable implementations.”

The ETSI NFV ISG also noted that it has grown to over 220 participating organizations, with over 300 delegates attending this last meeting, which was co-hosted by Citrix and Ericsson in Santa Clara from 29 July to 1 August 2014.

In October 2013, ETSI published the first five specifications on Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV), which aims to simplify the roll-out of new network services, reduce deployment and operational costs and encourage innovation. These new specifications were produced in less than 10 months.

ETSI’s Industry Specification Group for Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV ISG) said this first release identifies a framework and terminology for NFV that will help the industry to channel its efforts towards fully interoperable NFV solutions. Early NFV deployments are already underway and are expected to accelerate during 2014-15.

The five published documents include four ETSI Group Specifications (GSs) designed to align understanding about NFV across the industry. They cover NFV use cases, requirements, the architectural framework, and terminology. The fifth GS defines a framework for co-ordinating and promoting public demonstrations of Proof of Concept (PoC) platforms illustrating key aspects of NFV. Its objective is to encourage the development of an open ecosystem by integrating components from different players.