& cplSiteName &

NFV Group Adopts 'Open' Strategy, Names New Leaders

Carol Wilson
8/6/2014
50%
50%

The operator-led group that launched network functions virtualization (NFV) has named new leaders and adopted a new mission statement that reflects the growing desire among service providers to embrace open source technology.

According to an official blog report from the seventh meeting of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) NFV Industry Specifications Group (ISG), held last week in Santa Clara, Calif., that mission statement focuses on the need to develop an open, interoperable ecosystem for NFV, and to reach out to other industry and open source organizations. (See the full blog here.)

The responsibility for adopting that new mission statement falls to the new chair and vice-chair of the ISG, Steven Wright, lead member of technical staff at AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), and Tetsuya Nakamura, senior research engineer at NTT DoCoMo Inc. (NYSE: DCM) respectively.

And they'll have time to achieve the group's new goals: Originally, the NFV ISG had a two-year remit, and was set to wind down at the end of 2014. (See NFV Group Preps Its Afterlife.)

However, as expected, the group has a new lease of life. More than 300 people, including representatives from 37 operators, were at the Santa Clara meeting to witness the extension by two years of the NFV ISG's charter, taking it into "NFV Phase 2," or the "implementation phase" of NFV.

The new mission statement stresses the need for an "open, interoperable ecosystem, through specification, implementation and deployment experience," according to blog author Marc Cohn, senior director of market development at Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN).

Cohn quotes Don Clarke of CableLabs , who is Chair of the NFV Network Operators Council, as saying that interoperability is the key issue for operators.

"In the next phase we intend to intensify our efforts towards achieving interoperability for NFV, which includes normative work where appropriate, formalized dialogue with other industry and standards organizations including open source communities, and a continued emphasis on encouraging open NFV implementations and Proof of Concepts," noted Clarke.

Those comments echo recent commentary from Caroline Chappell, senior analyst with Heavy Reading , who has noted the growing sentiment in favor of a common approach to building an NFV infrastructure and developing a virtual infrastructure manager (VIM).

Chappell also notes that operators want to see open source and vendor neutral components as the key building blocks for the Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFV-I) and the VIM.

Chappell has recently written two white papers, one for Telefonica and another for Brocade, in which she discusses possible common approaches.

"The idea is to accelerate the development of NFV by agreeing on a common standardized platform," Chappell says.

She compares it to using a Microsoft operating system for personal computers or a Linux OS for servers, so that software and applications developers can build to one platform, which achieves economies of scale that benefit the broader industry.

Without a "common stable execution environment" for virtual network functions and a standardized way to manage them, service providers and vendors alike are stymied in their efforts to move forward, Chappell says.

There is a significant effort underway already by the Open NFV initiative, which is being administered by the Linux Foundation . That initiative began with a meeting in June, though the parties involved in that effort aren't yet discussing progress publicly. There is also another effort to federate research labs of the carriers for cooperative research. (See Let's Federate Our NFV Labs – Telefónica, Will Carriers Step Up to Open Challenge? and Is Open Source the New De Facto Standard?)

There was discussion at last week's NFV ISG meeting about those particular efforts, which Cohn noted in his blog report. The group will be reaching out to standards bodies, industry groups and open source projects and allowing those to influence its future work.

In addition, the NFV ISG hopes to engage more with the research community and collaborate more with other parties to speed up the NFV deployment process in general, Cohn noted.

— Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading

(3)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Dredgie
50%
50%
Dredgie,
User Rank: Light Sabre
8/6/2014 | 4:12:56 PM
Re: Up the MANO stack
> Thanks, Carol - Sorry - Should have said VNF Manager (a functional block in MANO) not NFV Manager (which suggested I was referring to the entire MANO layer). Doh!
cnwedit
50%
50%
cnwedit,
User Rank: Light Beer
8/6/2014 | 4:06:56 PM
Re: Up the MANO stack
If I understand it correctly, the VIM is part of what is called the MANO layer (management and network orchestration) in the ETSI NFV reference architecture and yes, the idea is, where possible, to put use open source building blocks to enable faster creation of the underlying operations processes. 
Dredgie
50%
50%
Dredgie,
User Rank: Light Sabre
8/6/2014 | 3:47:48 PM
Up the MANO stack
> The adoption of open source can only help drive NFV. It would seem that there needs to be more attention paid to the NFV Managers and Orchestration than the VIM, that OpenStack and other such open initiatives could (and do) fulfill. Or maybe template-drive orchestration using structures such as OpenStack Heat are enough to abstract (decouple) the VNFs from the management function, leveling the playing field for those without such components or orchestration partners. Without advocating being locked into OpenStack, of course.
From The Founder
Cisco's Conrad Clemson, recently promoted to head up the company's Service Provider Apps & Platforms developments, talks to Light Reading's Founder and CEO Steve Saunders about how he's bringing cloud video, mobile and virtualization together to empower network operators.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
LRTV Interviews
MWC17: 5G, Cloud RAN & More

2|21|17   |   04:35   |   (0) comments


Ovum Senior Analyst Julian Bright talks to Scott Bicheno from Telecoms.com about all things MWC, including Cloud RAN, Huawei's pitch to the industry and the road to 5G.
LRTV Interviews
MWC 2017's Key 2-Letter Terms

2|20|17   |   08:29   |   (1) comment


5G, AI, VR... these are just some of the two-letter terms that will dominate show-floor chat at MWC 2017 in Barcelona, according to these two blow-hards (a.k.a. Scott Bicheno of Telecoms.com and Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre). And then there's PB...
LRTV Interviews
Key Trends for Mobile Operators in Developing Markets

2|20|17   |   06:37   |   (0) comments


Ovum's Matthew Reed talks to Scott Bicheno from Telecoms.com about the challenges and opportunities facing mobile operators in the developing markets of Africa and the Middle East.
LRTV Documentaries
YouTube Takes on Facebook Live-Streaming

2|17|17   |     |   (0) comments


Popular 'YouTubers' will be the first to get the new service on their smartphones. You have been warned.
LRTV Custom TV
Open Source NFV/SDN Automation

2|17|17   |   05:54   |   (0) comments


AT&T ECOMP (Enhanced Control, Orchestration, Management and Policy) code is transitioning into the Linux Foundation for placement into open source. In this video, Carol Wilson provides an update on the maturation of open source ECOMP and meets with industry leaders from AT&T, Bell Canada, Orange, Linux Foundation and Amdocs to discuss what this means for the ...
LRTV Documentaries
Uber & NASA Collaborate on Flying Car Project

2|16|17   |     |   (0) comments


Is Uber for real? Well, it's hired NASA engineer Mark Moore to lead the project, and he wouldn't come cheap.
LRTV Documentaries
Zuckerberg Tries Out the Oculus Rift VR Glove

2|15|17   |     |   (0) comments


Facebook CEO shows off a new way to interact with the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset: an Oculus glove.
LRTV Custom TV
Huawei Digital Transformation Forum 2017

2|10|17   |     |   (0) comments


Here's a preview of the upcoming Huawei Digital Transformation Forum taking place in Barcelona with trending telecom topics like cloud, IoT, 5G and much more!
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Dan Sahar of Qwilt on Open Edge Cloud Platform

2|8|17   |   08:38   |   (0) comments


Dan Sahar, Qwilt's co-founder, sits down with Steve Saunders of Light Reading for a conversation about Qwilt's Open Edge Cloud platform and the new role of service providers in application and content delivery.
LRTV Documentaries
ZeroStack's 'Self-Driving Cloud'

2|7|17   |   01:09   |   (0) comments


Its Z-Brain tech automates day-to-day management and long-term planning for hybrid clouds.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Nominum's Craig Sprosts on DNS & Cybersecurity Trends

2|7|17   |     |   (0) comments


Nominum's Craig Sprosts talks about the fast-changing landscape of cybersecurity with Steve Saunders of Light Reading. Sprosts touches on the trend of the rise of ransomwares, rivals of IoT base attacks, and mobile network security. He also discusses the realization of the importance of IoT security after a recent cyber attack that paralyzed several major ...
LRTV Documentaries
China Moves Towards Mixed Ownership of Telcos

2|1|17   |   01:10   |   (0) comments


Chinese authorities are promoting new ownership models in order to raise capital.
Upcoming Live Events
March 21-22, 2017, The Curtis Hotel, Denver, CO
March 22, 2017, The Curtis Hotel, Denver, CO
March 22, 2017, The Curtis Hotel, Denver, CO
May 15-17, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
May 15, 2017, Austin Convention Center - Austin, TX
June 6, 2017, The Joule Hotel, Dallas, TX
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
With the mobile ecosystem becoming increasingly vulnerable to security threats, AdaptiveMobile has laid out some of the key considerations for the wireless community.
Hot Topics
Is the Time Right for a Cisco/Ericsson Wedding?
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 2/17/2017
Broadband Has a Problem on the Pole
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 2/21/2017
Nice to See at Least One CSP Taking My Advice
Mitch Wagner, Editor, Enterprise Cloud, 2/17/2017
Charter Launches 5G Field Trials
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 2/16/2017
RSAC 2017 in 4 Words
Curtis Franklin, Security Editor, 2/17/2017
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders chats with Sportlogiq CEO Craig Buntin about sports data analysis.
Eyal Waldman, CEO of Mellanox Technologies, speaks to Steve Saunders, CEO of Light Reading, for an exclusive interview about the 100 GB cable challenge, cybersecurity and much more.
Animals with Phones
No One Likes This Click Here
Take a hint!
Live Digital Audio

Playing it safe can only get you so far. Sometimes the biggest bets have the biggest payouts, and that is true in your career as well. For this radio show, Caroline Chan, general manager of the 5G Infrastructure Division of the Network Platform Group at Intel, will share her own personal story of how she successfully took big bets to build a successful career, as well as offer advice on how you can do the same. We’ll cover everything from how to overcome fear and manage risk, how to be prepared for where technology is going in the future and how to structure your career in a way to ensure you keep progressing. Chan, a seasoned telecom veteran and effective risk taker herself, will also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air.