Showing posts with label ETSI. Show all posts
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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

ETSI begins work on Securing Artificial Intelligence

ETSI has formed a new Industry Specification Group on Securing Artificial Intelligence (ISG SAI) to develop technical specifications to mitigate threats arising from the deployment of AI throughout multiple ICT-related industries. This includes threats to artificial intelligence systems from both conventional sources and other AIs.

The intent of the ISG SAI is to address 3 aspects of artificial intelligence in the standards domain:

  • Securing AI from attack e.g. where AI is a component in the system that needs defending
  • Mitigating against AI e.g. where AI is the ‘problem’ or is used to improve and enhance other more conventional attack vectors
  • Using AI to enhance security measures against attack from other things e.g. AI is part of the ‘solution’ or is used to improve and enhance more conventional countermeasures.

Securing AI Problem Statement

This specification will be modelled on the ETSI GS NFV-SEC 001 “Security Problem Statement” which has been highly influential in guiding the scope of ETSI NFV and enabling “security by design” for NFV infrastructures. It will define and prioritize potential AI threats along with recommended actions. The recommendations contained in this specification will be used to define the scope and timescales for the follow-up work.

The founding members of the new ETSI group include BT, Cadzow Communications, Huawei Technologies, NCSC and Telefónica.

The first meeting of ISG SAI will be held in Sophia Antipolis on 23 October.

https://www.etsi.org/newsroom/press-releases/1650-2019-10-etsi-launches-specification-group-on-securing-artificial-intelligence

Monday, July 1, 2019

ETSI enhances NFV to support 5G

ETSI announce a number of resource management and orchestration enhacements to its NFV specifications for supporting 5G networks.

Specifically, new NFV Release 3 features that closely relate to 5G include:
  • Support for network slicing in NFV
  • Management over multi-administrative domains, and 
  • Multi-site network connectivity. 

“As a founding partner in 3GPP, ETSI has a major role to play in contributing and aligning specifications and requirements.” says Cristina Badulescu, ETSI ISG NFV Vice-Chair.

ETSI and 3GPP collaboration has been key throughout the specification work of ETSI NFV Release 2 and 3, to ensure interoperability between management systems - covering upper orchestration and management layers, such as network management or application management. The 3GPP-defined management system interacts with ETSI NFV Management and Orchestration (MANO) system to realize the resource management for virtualized Core Network (CN), virtualized Radio Access Network (RAN) and network slicing.

More specifically, in the NFV Release 3, an external touchpoint between the NFV’s Network Service and network slicing was defined - in which the Network Service becomes a composite element of the 3GPP SA5 network slice subnet construct - enabling market implementations to easily combine the 3GPP SA5 Network Resource Model (NRM) with the ETSI NFV Information Model.

http://www.etsi.org

ETSI and Linux Foundation agree on Open Source collaboration


The Linux Foundation and ETSI signed a Memorandum of Understanding to bring open source and standards closer and foster synergies between them.  Areas of mutual interest include technologies concerning NFV, MANO, AI and edge computing. The collaboration agreement is expected to enable faster information-sharing and deployment of open networking technologies. The organinzations will engage in collaborative activities, joint communication, promotion...

Lean NFV proposes a Key-Value Store to simplify deployments


A new industry initiative known as Lean NFV is aiming to simplify the process of onboarding virtualized network functions (VNFs). Six years after the publication of the first Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) specification, proponents of Lean NFV argue that the technology has failed to live up to its promises largely due to complexity and inefficiency in the deployment model. The topic was addressed in a keynote at last week's Open Networking...

OPNFV Verification Program adds VNF testing


LF Networking (LFN) is expanding its OPNFV Verification Program (OVP) to include Virtual Network Function (VNF) compliance testing. The expanded OVP, created in conjunction with the ONAP testing community, now includes publicly-available VNF compliance test tooling based on requirements developed within ONAP, as well as a Verified Labs Program and the induction of the University of New Hampshire-Interoperability Lab (UNH-IOL) as the first OPNFV...

ETSI Multi-access Edge Computing phase 2 specs released


The ETSI Multi-access Edge Computing group (MEC ISG) released the first set of its Phase 2 specifications, including ETSI GS MEC 002 which includes new requirements for Phase 2, ETSI GS MEC 003 dealing with architecture and framework, and  ETSI GS MEC 009 giving general principles for service APIs. The updated specs focus on the integration of NFV integration. The specification also describes example use cases and their technical benefits,...


Sunday, March 24, 2019

ETSI Multi-access Edge Computing phase 2 specs released

The ETSI Multi-access Edge Computing group (MEC ISG) released the first set of its Phase 2 specifications, including ETSI GS MEC 002 which includes new requirements for Phase 2, ETSI GS MEC 003 dealing with architecture and framework, and  ETSI GS MEC 009 giving general principles for service APIs.

The updated specs focus on the integration of NFV integration. The specification also describes example use cases and their technical benefits, for the purpose of deriving requirements. In addition, the release includes a report on MEC support for vehicle to infrastructure and vehicle to vehicle use cases.

“With this Release, the group continues to strengthen the leadership role that ETSI has played in edge computing since day one. I am proud of the quality of the work this team keeps delivering, making sure that the MEC marketplace evolves to an efficient, interoperable and open environment” says Alex Reznik, MEC ISG Chair. 

https://www.etsi.org/newsroom/press-releases/1567-2019-03-etsi-multi-access-edge-computing-releases-phase-2-specifications

Thursday, May 24, 2018

ETSI Open Source MANO announces Release 4.0

ETSI announced the availability of OSM Release FOUR, its most ambitious and innovative to date, and a huge leap forward in terms of functionality, user experience and maturity.

New functionalities of OSM Release FOUR:

  • New northbound interface, aligned with ETSI NFV specification SOL005, providing a single pane of glass to control the OSM system. To facilitate the interoperability with existing and new client applications, the details of the interface are entirely available in OpenAPI format.
  • Cloud-native install that brings a large set on improvements in terms of user experience and optimization. With a reduced footprint, this Release is much faster, responsive and stable than ever, and provides more convenient means for event logging and diagnosis. In addition, a new graphical user interface (GUI) and a set of optional components can be installed on top of the core components to enrich the experience in terms of visualization, VIM sandbox, etc.
  • Monitoring and closed-loop capabilities have also been extended. On-demand and descriptor-driven setting of alarms and metrics are now much simpler and convenient to configure and consume. Likewise, the support of push notifications and configuration of reactive policies, via the new Policy Manager, opens the door to closed-loop operations.
  • Modelling and networking logic have also been enhanced. The full support of IP profiles, the consistency checking of addressing, the ability to configure specific MAC addresses for non-cloud-native VNFs, the support of service function chaining assisted by the VIM, or the possibility of using alternative images for public clouds, are only some examples. It also sets a solid path for the support of native charms - so that conventional Juju applications can run natively in OSM - and for the seamless management of Physical Network Functions (PNFs) or hybrid components (physical and virtual), enabling a true end to end service orchestration across virtual and physical network domains.
“ETSI OSM is a growing community which includes many Global Service Providers, leading IT/Cloud players and VNF vendors who drive OSM’s roadmap on a use-case basis. A growing ecosystem of commercial OSM distributions and a large number of OSM-ready VNFs are key indicators of the success of ETSI OSM in terms of market relevance and adoption,” says Francisco-Javier Ramón, chairman of ETSI OSM group.


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

ETSI and OPNFV announce co-located testing

ETSI and OPNFV announced plans to co-locate their next community testing events in Sophia Antipolis, France.

The third ETSI NFV PlugtestsTM event will be held between 29 May and 8 June 2018, and the OPNFV Fraser Plugfest will be held from 4 to 8 June.

“Effective interoperability is the goal of any standards activity, and ETSI NFV adopted an approach oriented towards actually exercising and demonstrating interoperability from its start in 2012, evolving from Proofs of Concepts to Plugtests activities,” says Diego Lopez, chairman of ETSI ISG NFV. “This event is a new opportunity to strengthen the current cooperation with relevant open-source communities in the NFV landscape.”

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

ETSI’s Open Source MANO (OSM) Hits Release 1

ETSI’s Open Source MANO (OSM) group announced the first release of its open source Management and Orchestration (MANO) software stack.

OSM Release ONE, which closely aligned with ETSI NFV, comes less than six months since the inaugural meeting of the OSM community.

The OSM group said Release ONE could be installed in operator labs to create a scalable and interoperable open source MANO environment. Release ONE substantially enhances interoperability with other components (VNFs, VIMs, SDN controllers) and creates a plugin framework to make platform maintenance and extensions significantly easier to provide and support.

Highlights of the list of technical features in Release ONE include:

  • Natively supported VIMs: VMwareTM, OpenStack and OpenVIM
  • Support for reference SDN Controllers, such as OpenDayLight (ODL) and FloodLight
  • A plugin model to facilitate the addition of new types of VIMs and SDN Controllers, thus minimizing developer effort
  • Multi-site Network Services, to respond to operator requirements, allowing deployments that span across multiple datacenters
  • A one-step installer, based on containers and Juju modelling, to simplify testing, customization and deployment of OSM
  • Extended virtualized network functions (VNF) and network service models, allowing Day-Zero VNF configuration
  • OpenVIM code, included as part of the OSM install, providing a reference VIM for all-in-one installations with full support of Enhanced Platform Awareness. Uniquely, users are not required to have a pre-existing VIM installation in their premises before installing OSM

“The pace of the group’s work has been amazing, and as one of the fastest growing NFV and SDN open source projects, OSM now proudly counts 46 members including many of the leading global operators” says Francisco-Javier Ramón, ETSI OSM Chair and Head of Network Virtualisation Initiative at Telefónica, Global CTO.

http://www.etsi.org/news-events/news/1132-2016-10-news-etsi-open-source-mano-release-one-now-available

#MWC16: Open Source MANO Initiative Gets Underway

A new industry initiative is underway for the development of Open Source software for Management and Orchestration (MANO) of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). The group is sponsored by ETSI and its founders include BT, Canonical, Intel, Mirantis, RIFT.io Inc, Telefonica, Telekom Austria Group and Telenor.

Two of the key components of the ETSI NFV architectural framework are the NFV Orchestrator and VNF (Virtualized Network Function) Manager, known as NFV MANO. Additional layers, such as service orchestration are also required for operators to enable true NFV services. Open Source software can facilitate the implementation of an ETSI aligned NFV architecture, provide practical and essential feedback to the ETSI NFV ISG and increase the likelihood of interoperability among NFV implementations.

The new group, ETSI OSM, will deliver an open source MANO stack using accepted open source tools and working procedures. The activity will be closely aligned with the evolution of ETSI NFV and will provide a regularly updated reference implementation of NFV MANO. OSM will enable an eco-system of NFV solution vendors to rapidly and cost-effectively deliver solutions to their users.

“ETSI OSM complements the work of the ETSI NFV ISG and vice versa. It will provide an opportunity to capitalize on the synergy between standardization and open source approaches by accessing a greater and more diverse set of contributors and developers than would normally be possible”, says Luis Jorge Romero, ETSI Director General. “This maximizes innovation, efficiency and time to market and ensures a continuing series of conformant reference implementations.”

http://osm.etsi.org/welcome/

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

ETSI Announces NFV Release 2

ETSI’s Network Functions Virtualisation  (NFV) Industry Specification Group (ISG) announced the publication of NFV Release 2 specifications covering a wide set of functional areas, such as the management of virtualized resources, lifecycle management of both network services and virtualized network functions, network service fault/performance management, virtualized resource capacity management, etc.

NFV Release 2 incorporates 11 new group specifications, in addition to the many NFV specifications already published. These detail the various requirements, interface descriptions and information models enabling interoperability of solutions based on the ETSI NFV Architectural Framework.


“This represents another major step towards our objective of defining a comprehensive set of specifications that will facilitate the deployment of NFV throughout the telecommunication industry, with significant benefits being subsequently derived in many interrelated sectors,” states Telefonica’s Diego Lopez, the newly appointed Chairman of ETSI NFV ISG. “Through the collaborative efforts of all parties involved in the ETSI NFV ISG, we have been able to identify and define the required capabilities, following a practical approach that leverages proofs of concept to explore and demonstrate what was proposed. The combination of wide consensus and experimental evidence has led to NFV being recognized as a completely viable and highly valuable technology. This has allowed us to make progresses at a fast pace.”

“By drawing upon the combined merits of a well-defined standards structure and the support of the open source community, we have been able to accelerate the development process and ensure widespread interoperability,” Lopez continues. “I am therefore confident that the ETSI NFV Architectural Framework will be the foundation upon which future virtualization of the network is established - enabling cost effective allocation of resources and the rapid addition of new services, while still ensuring the highest degrees of security and reliability, as well as painless and seamless integration with existing infrastructure.”

http://www.etsi.org/deliver/etsi_gs/NFV/001_099/002/01.02.01_60/gs_NFV002v010201p.pdf

ETSI’s NFV Group Publishes Phase 1 Specs


ETSI’s Network Functions Virtualisation  (NFV) Industry Specification Group (ISG) announced the publication of eleven specifications under phase 1 of its activity. The work includes an infrastructure overview, an updated architectural framework, and descriptions of the compute, hypervisor and network domains of the infrastructure. The new specifications also cover management and orchestration, security and trust, resilience and service quality...

Monday, February 22, 2016

#MWC16: Open Source MANO Initiative Gets Underway

A new industry initiative is underway for the development of Open Source software for Management and Orchestration (MANO) of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). The group is sponsored by ETSI and its founders include BT, Canonical, Intel, Mirantis, RIFT.io Inc, Telefonica, Telekom Austria Group and Telenor.

Two of the key components of the ETSI NFV architectural framework are the NFV Orchestrator and VNF (Virtualized Network Function) Manager, known as NFV MANO. Additional layers, such as service orchestration are also required for operators to enable true NFV services. Open Source software can facilitate the implementation of an ETSI aligned NFV architecture, provide practical and essential feedback to the ETSI NFV ISG and increase the likelihood of interoperability among NFV implementations.

The new group, ETSI OSM, will deliver an open source MANO stack using accepted open source tools and working procedures. The activity will be closely aligned with the evolution of ETSI NFV and will provide a regularly updated reference implementation of NFV MANO. OSM will enable an eco-system of NFV solution vendors to rapidly and cost-effectively deliver solutions to their users.

“ETSI OSM complements the work of the ETSI NFV ISG and vice versa. It will provide an opportunity to capitalize on the synergy between standardization and open source approaches by accessing a greater and more diverse set of contributors and developers than would normally be possible”, says Luis Jorge Romero, ETSI Director General. “This maximizes innovation, efficiency and time to market and ensures a continuing series of conformant reference implementations.”

http://osm.etsi.org/welcome/

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Layer123: Telstra, HP, F5 Networks and Nuage Demo ETSI NFV

Telstra, HP, F5 Networks and Nuage Networks demonstrated a Networks Functions Virtualization (NFV) proof of concept (PoC) solution that has been certified by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) at this week's SDN & OpenFlow World Congress in Düsseldorf, Germany.

The ETSI PoC #38 showcases:

  • Full ISO 7-layer stack fulfillment, activation and orchestration of virtual network functions in carrier networks.
  • How NFV and SDN technologies can be complimentary in providing compelling value proposition to the carriers to be able to deploy services faster and also to be able scale capacity elastically on demand.
  • 18 specific use cases highlighting the advantages of deploying F5 virtualized network functions in a multi-vendor environment.
  • Integration of F5 BIG-IP technologies with HP NFV Director and HP Helion CloudSystem for the comprehensive end-to-end lifecycle management of virtualized network functions, including VNF instantiation, provisioning, orchestration and service assurance.
  • Integration of F5 virtualized network functions with Nuage Networks Virtual Services Platform (VSP) to enable service insertion and traffic toward the appropriate services independent of their location. VSP ensures data paths between VNFs have consistent communications and security policy enforcement throughout the infrastructure.


“Telstra has a strong working relationship with HP and other organizations, with the goal of furthering our NFV strategies and programs through proof of concepts and field trials. Partnering with multiple vendors helps us to deliver impactful virtualization and orchestration capabilities within a flexible architectural framework. As service providers look to build seamless Application Delivery Networks, vendors that have qualified their technologies with the industry’s standardization groups are seen as more attractive to customers.” – David Robertson, Director, Transport & Routing Engineering, Networks, Telstra Operations

http://www.hp.com

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

ETSI’s NFV Group Publishes Phase 1 Specs

ETSI’s Network Functions Virtualisation  (NFV) Industry Specification Group (ISG) announced the publication of eleven specifications under phase 1 of its activity.

The work includes an infrastructure overview, an updated architectural framework, and descriptions of the compute, hypervisor and network domains of the infrastructure. The new specifications also cover management and orchestration, security and trust, resilience and service quality metrics.

The list of phase 1 NFV specifications:

“I’d like to thank all of the NFV ISG participants for their tremendous dedication through our numerous face-to-face meetings and conference calls to evolve the NFV vision from the original operator whitepaper and bring these documents to publication” said Steven Wright, Chair of ETSI NFV ISG.

All published NFV documents are freely downloadable at: http://docbox.etsi.org/ISG/NFV/Open/Published/

Monday, January 5, 2015

New ETSI Group Focuses on Millimetre Wave Transmission

ETSI has created a new Industry Specification Group (ISG) to work on millimetre Wave Transmission (mWT) in the 30GHz to 300GHz range, where there is one order of magnitude of more spectrum available in this band than in lower bands.

Specifically, ETSI’s new Industry Specification Group on millimetre Wave Transmission (ISG mWT) will facilitate the use of the V-band (57-66 GHz), the E-band (71-76 & 81-86 GHz) and, in the future, higher frequency bands (up to 300 GHz) for large volume backhaul and fronthaul applications to support mobile network implementation, wireless local loop and any other service benefitting from high speed wireless transmission. The first meeting will be held this month.

https://portal.etsi.org/tb.aspx?tbid=833&SubTB=833

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

ETSI's Mobile-edge Computing ISG Gets Underway

ETSI’s newly created Mobile-edge Computing (MEC) Industry Specification Group (ISG) kicked off its development work earlier this month with a first meeting hosted by Nokia Networks in Munich. The group is aiming to complete five documents by mid-2015: Terminology, Service Scenarios, Technical Requirements (including use cases and their benefits), a Proof of Concept Framework leading to a Framework and Reference Architecture. When the first documents get to the required maturity level, work on platform services, APIs and interfaces will commence.

Mobile-edge Computing provides IT and cloud-computing capabilities within the Radio Access Network (RAN) in close proximity to mobile subscribers. Located at the base station or at the Radio Network Controller, it also provides access to real-time radio and network information such as subscriber location or cell load that can be exploited by applications and services to offer context-related services.

For application developers and content providers, the RAN edge offers a service environment characterized by proximity, ultra-low latency, high-bandwidth, as well as real-time access to radio network information and location awareness. Mobile-edge Computing allows content, services and applications to be accelerated, maintaining a customer’s experience across different radio and network conditions.

So far, the MEC ISG has attracted 24 member and participant organizations, including network operators, vendors, technology suppliers and content delivery network (CDN) providers.

https://portal.etsi.org/tb.aspx?tbid=826&SubTB=826

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mobile Edge Computing Initiative to Boost Base Station Capabilities

A new Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) initiative has been formed by Nokia Networks,Vodafone, IBM, Intel, NTT Docomo and Huawei with the goal of bringing standard compute and storage capabilities into wireless base stations.

The initiative, which is organized as a new European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Industry Specification Group (ISG), will focus on open architecture and application programming interfaces (APIs) for value creation in mobile multi-vendor environments for a range of computing platforms.

Nokia Networks said this aligns well with its Liquid Applications framework. Recently, the company demonstrated its Liquid Applications with T-Mobile US for low latency vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) services.

“Establishing the MEC initiative with the support of the other stakeholders will create an open multi-vendor environment at the most lucrative point within the mobile network, driving differentiated services, new applications and ultimately new revenues,” said Marc Rouanne, executive vice president, Mobile Broadband at Nokia Networks. “It also builds on our view of fundamentally changing the telecom industry through increasing our collaboration with different players and partners.”

A Whitepaper on Mobile Edge Computing is posted on the ETSI site:

http://portal.etsi.org/Portals/0/TBpages/MEC/Docs/Mobile-edge_Computing_-_Introductory_Technical_White_Paper_V1%2018-09-14.pdf

http://networks.nokia.com/news-events/press-room/press-releases/new-mobile-edge-computing-initiative-for-liquid-applications



Saturday, September 20, 2014

Broadband Forum and NFV ISG (ETSI) Team on Interoperability

The Broadband Forum and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute’s (ETSI) Industry Specification Group for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV ISG) are collaborating on a consistent approach and common architecture for the infrastructure needed to support virtualized network functions.

After meeting with ETSI’s NFV ISG in July of this year, the Broadband Forum will help bring NFV solutions and related technologies into operation and help make them the mainstay of the networking industry.

Dr. Steven Wright, Chairman, ETSI NFV ISG, said: “Working with organizations such as the Broadband Forum sends a strong message that we want to promote implementation and interoperability of NFV technologies through collaboration with partner organizations. A lot of valuable work is already making NFV a reality, however with the Forum’s support, we will continue to develop the NFV ecosystem.”

“The pace of development in NFV has been astonishing so, by supporting and working together with ETSI’s NFV ISG, which is at the heart of NFV developments, we can continue to develop further guidance and detailed specifications for the industry,” said Robin Mersh, CEO of the
Broadband Forum.

http://www.broadband-forum.org/news/download/pressreleeases/2014/BBF_NFV_FINAL_15Sep2014.pdf

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-INF003v031-Compute_Domain.pdf
NFV-INF004v031-hypervisor_domain.pdf
NFV-INF005v031-infrastructure_network_domain.pdf
NFV-INF007v031-Interfaces and Abstractions.pdf
NFV-INF010v030-Service_Quality_Metrics.pdf
NFV-MAN001v061- management and orchestration.pdf
NFV-REL001v013-Resiliency Requirements.pdf
NFV-SEC001v021-NFV_Security_Problem_Statement.pdf
NFV-SEC003v009-Security_and_Trust_Guidance.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.

http://docbox.etsi.org/ISG/NFV/Open



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.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

NTT and Partners Demo NFV Service Chaining

NTT, Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks, and Hewlett-Packard Japan are testing service chaining based on network functions virtualisation (NFV) principles.  The use case has been approved as an authorized PoC (Proof of Concept) by ETSI's Industry Specification Group for Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV ISG).  This is the first such trial use case in Japan (the second in the world) approved as a PoC.

NTT said interoperability will be crucial for its vision of service chaining, in which virtualized appliances are interconnected in conjunction with networks.

For this PoC, multiple multiple services from multiple vendors are chained together. NTT Network Technology Laboratories is developing a service chaining method in which each packet is assigned an identifier to enable customers to select and apply virtualized functions on demand. The identifier shows a chain of virtualized network functions and forwards packets to them as appropriate.

NTT: Providing service chaining method
Cisco Systems: Providing vDPI
Juniper Networks: Providing vFW
Hewlett-Packard Japan: Providing vCPE

A demonstration is being held this week at the NTT R&D Forum 2014.

http://www.ntt.co.jp/news2014/1402e/140210a.html

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

ETSI Publishes Cloud Computing Report

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) delivered a 59-page report to the European Commission discussing the role of standards in cloud computing.

The report aims to serve as a detailed map of the necessary standards (inter alia for security, interoperability, data portability and reversibility) needed to build trust in cloud computing services.

http://www.etsi.org/images/files/Events/2013/2013_CSC_Delivery_WS/CSC-Final_report-013-CSC_Final_report_v1_0_PDF_format-.PDF
http://www.etsi.org

Sunday, October 27, 2013

ETSI's NFV Group Publishes Update

ETSI's Industry Specification Group for Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV ISG) has published its second white paper highlighting progress to date.

The NFV ISG, which will be meeting this week in California, currently has four working groups: Infrastructure Architecture, Management & Orchestration, Reliability & Availability, and Software Architecture.  Altogether, the NFV ISG has grown to over 150 companies, including 28 Service Providers.

The new whitepaper provides an overview of the following topics:

  • NFV Use Cases document describes initial fields of application.
  • NFV Requirements document describes the high level business and technical requirements for an NFV framework including service models. It is a key reference document for the NFV ISG.
  • NFV Architectural Framework document describes the high-level functional architecture and design philosophy for virtualised network functions and the underlying virtualisation infrastructure. By delineating the different constituents and outlining the reference points between them, it paves the way for fully interoperable multi-party NFV solutions.
  • NFV Terminology document is a common repository for terms used within the NFV ISG documents.
  • NFV Proof of Concept Framework document. The NFV ISG has launched a global call for multi-party NFV Proof of Concepts (PoC) to validate NFV approaches. 


The 16-page whitepaper is available online.

http://portal.etsi.org/NFV/NFV_White_Paper2.pdf

Monday, October 14, 2013

ETSI Releases First NFV Specifications

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.

Dr Prodip Sen of Verizon Communications, who is Chairman of ETSI’s NFV ISG, said:

“These publications provide important guidance to the industry on the requirements that should be the basis for future development of NFV technology. ETSI’s openness to all players means that we have been able to involve everyone and reach a broad consensus. The documents, and the PoC framework in particular, send a strong message that we want to encourage multi-party interoperability and the growth of an open ecosystem."

“We have been especially concerned not to impede progress with a protracted standardisation effort in NFV ISG. As a result, these initial specifications have been developed in record time – under 10 months of intensive work. This is a major achievement for the industry. We hope to maintain this momentum and produce additional guidance soon."

Work is continuing in NFV ISG to develop further guidance to industry, and more detailed specifications are scheduled for 2014. In addition, to avoid the duplication of effort and to minimise fragmentation amongst multiple standards development organisations, NFV ISG is undertaking a gap analysis to identify what additional work needs to be done, and which bodies are best placed to do it.

The published documents are available online.

http://www.etsi.org/nfv

See also