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The move of NFV management and orchestration to an open source model seems inevitable, but how it happens is as transparent as the World Cup refs' game time calculations.

Open NFV: The World Cup of Confusion?

Carol Wilson
6/24/2014
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What's as topical as World Cup soccer this summer and, to me at least, sometimes as hard to follow?

That would be the growing significance of open source in the NFV space, no question. But who exactly is driving the open source bus? That may be as hard to determine as the exact moment that a soccer game will end.

You see, a number of folks are vying for the prime spot in the driver's seat of open source NFV, and by "folks," I mean organizations as well as individual people.

The global service providers that launched NFV chose European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) as the vehicle for that effort, and those same companies seem to have designated the Linux Foundation as home to the Open NFV process. (See Will Carriers Step Up to Open Challenge? and Is Open Source the New De Facto Standard?)

The success of that process, however, will depend on whether those same large service providers buy into the OpenNFV, and whether they can drag the major software and hardware vendors along with them.

A number of those vendors are incorporating open source into their own solutions and at least talking about being "open," for what that's worth. The TM Forum is working on extensions of its existing network management frameworks and service definitions, although it has yet to find a central role for its work in the overall process.

Even Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) is getting in on the act (although in a significantly different way), offering to share its work in developing network configuration data and network topology models with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) for open comment and development leading to standardization. (See Google to Open Key Network Models for Industry Comment, Standardization.)

Meanwhile, there are efforts afoot elsewhere: CIMI Corp. President Tom Nolle unveiled another one today, with his ExperiaSphere architecture. Interestingly, Nolle contacted the Linux Foundation in advance of his announcement to pursue possible sharing, but says he didn't get a response. (See Analyst Unveils Open Source Model for NFV-SDN Management.)

He also briefed the leadership of the ETSI group and of the Open Networking Foundation , and says he did find interest there. It would not surprise me to find some elements of Nolle's work popping up early in the OpenNFV discussion.

The general goal remains the same for everyone involved: figure out how to apply open source to the serious challenge of managing and orchestrating virtual networks so that ultimately, NFV and SDN can live up to their potential as faster and more efficient providers of services.

I suspect that if I get to write a "what I did with my summer" essay in September 2014, it will be all about tracking the movement of NFV/SDN into the open source space. If you have thoughts to share on destinations I should pick on that journey -- and by destinations I mean people to whom I should speak -- please share.

Oh, and if you have thoughts about the benefits of "stoppage time" in international soccer, please keep them to yourself. By the end of the World Cup, I'll either understand it or stop caring.

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

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DHagar
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DHagar,
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6/27/2014 | 1:56:44 PM
Open NFV: The World Cup of Confusion?
@kdilbeck570, agreed, the adoption will define the market.  That makes sense that a suite that provides interoperability and optimizes NFV will become the winner.  The result of such a standard should further unleash the markets.

Note:  Like your USA fever!  (the soccer laws turn in favor of USA again)
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6/27/2014 | 1:43:33 PM
Re: Open HFV: The World Cup of Confusion?
Carol,

Good question, from my point of the jury is still out. Adoption will be the deciding factor. Which open source group wins the minds of the developers?  OpenDaylight with the engineering muscle and corporate backing would be hard to count out at this point.

It is likely that the solution wil emerge as a merging of a number of the current efforts in order to provide the complete suite of interoperable functionality required to fully realize NFV.

GO USA!
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6/26/2014 | 3:42:15 PM
Re: Open NFV: The World Cup of Confusion?
Mitch, that's a great question.  I am hoping Tom Nolle is in search of a compatible open network.

Re:  World Cup - agreed - after we catch on to WC, we can attempt to crack the intricacies of cricket!
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6/26/2014 | 3:15:44 PM
Re: Open HFV: The World Cup of Confusion?
Are we looking at several competing open source implementations for NFV, or can they be compatible.

I hope to one day understand the World Cup. I've given up on cricket. 
DHagar
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6/24/2014 | 9:14:33 PM
Re: Open HFV: The World Cup of Confusion?
Carol, don't have answers, just comments to your excellent description of the Open NFV Maze! 

I would put my money on Tom Nolle and the possibility of his success in linking with Linux - that sounds like a promising platform.  At least he has the right concept that it will require more than everyone designing their own.

? - Will any of the IoT players fit into this maze?

PS - No answers to World Cup either.

 
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