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ETSI NFV Group Sets Phase 2 Agenda

The most influential NFV body in the industry has lined up some of its key objectives for the next few years as it enters the next phase of its lifecycle.

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) NFV Industry Specification Group (ISG) has, in its first two years, become one of the most influential and important industry bodies in the communications networking industry. It announced earlier this year that it would be extending its life beyond the planned two years it had originally envisaged (Phase 1) and enter Phase 2 of its existence. (See Operators Set Course for NFV's Future, ETSI Group to Tackle Thorny Operations Issues, NFV Group Adopts 'Open' Strategy, Names New Leaders and NFV Group Preps Its Afterlife.)

The group recently met for its final Phase 1 meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz., to look back at its achievements and look ahead, notes Marc Cohn, senior director, market development, at Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN), in this blog for the NFV group.

At the meeting, a general agreement was reached by the attendees on the "objectives and work scope" for Phase 2, namely:

  • Grow an interoperable VNF Ecosystem
  • Thoroughly specify reference points and requirements that were defined in Phase 1
  • Achieve broader industry engagement to ensure that NFV requirements are satisfied
  • Clarify how NFV intersects with SDN and related standards, industry and open source initiatives

The ISG has also disbanded the working groups that were set up for Phase 1 and, according to Cohn's blog, "approved a new leaner working group structure better suited to the goals for Phase 2." The new groups, which will "focus less on requirements and more on adoption," will concentrate on:

  • The "ilities": Stability, Interoperability, Reliability, Availability, Maintainability
  • Intensified collaboration with other bodies
  • Testing and validation to encourage interoperability and solidify implementations
  • Establishment of a vibrant NFV ecosystem
  • Performance and assurance considerations
  • Continued attention to network management and operations, which is of particular interest to the Network Operators Council
  • Security

The re-setting of the ETSI group comes as NFV is starting to emerge from labs, and from the near 30 proofs of concept (PoCs) developed by the ISG, and into trials and commercial deployments.

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[email protected] 12/5/2014 | 9:02:05 AM
Can the ETSI group retain its position? It's amazing that the first two years are up already.

Arguably, the next two years are going to be critical, not just for NFV but to the ETSI group too. Can it retain its undoubted influence, influence that has been earned by making it an operator-driven body?
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