What's going on with virtualization standards? And who's got the best handle on how SDN and NFV are developing?
Two key industry organizations -- the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) and the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) -- will help answer those key questions, and others, during workshops that will tee up the Big Telecom Event in Chicago (June 17-18).
The June 16 workshops offer a great chance to get up close and personal with influential figures in the virtualization space. Not only will both organizations be providing an update on their own efforts to advance the deployment of SDN and NFV, but their leaders will be participating in a lively debate on the evolving role of standards.
That leadership includes many of the people engaged in the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) NFV Industry Specifications Group, giving those attending a unique glimpse into the entire process.
As Marc Cohn, ONF Market Education Committee Chair and organizer of the ONF workshop, says, both SDN and NFV are rapidly evolving and must continue this pace of change to keep up with the expectations of end-users.
Cohn, who is senior director of market development, at Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN), and a participant in the ETSI NFV group, is one of the panelists who will join Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Caroline Chappell in a debate of the changing role that the standards process is playing.
This panel promises to tackle one of the key issues facing adoption of NFV and SDN. At a time when technology evolution is being driven by forces well beyond the control of the telecom industry, the traditional process of setting standards ahead of actual deployments is being called into question. But does the telecom industry know how to push forward with commercial deployments without the existence of official industry specifications?
Joining Cohn and Chappell in this timely discussion will be:
- Don Clarke, formerly of BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) and now with CableLabs , and the head of the Network Operator Council at the ETSI NFV Industry Specifications Group (see BT’s NFV Guru Joins CableLabs);
- Neela Jacques, executive director of the OpenDaylight project;
- And Vishnu Shulka of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), who is president of the OIF and vice-chair of the ONF Optical Transport Working Group.
Following the ONF sessions, the OIF will have its own workshop, and we'll be previewing that in the coming days.
Both workshops are free to those attending BTE, and if you haven't registered yet, there's still time. Details about the show, including the agenda for the afternoon workshops and the two following days, are on our show site, Big Telecom Event.
— Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading