NFV Tests & Trials

5 Firms Join NIA As It Enters Phase 3

The New IP Agency (NIA) is picking up momentum with the addition of five new members, as it continues to blaze new trails toward SDN/NFV interoperability with Phase Three of its operating plan.

The newest members of the organization are:

In addition, several other companies are now in the process of formalizing their participation, according to The New IP Agency director Jeff Hannah.

News of the new members comes only weeks after other big names joined the NIA's ranks. (See Dell Swells NIA's Ranks and ZTE Commits to 'Openness' With NIA Membership.)

The organization has already performed interoperability tests of virtual network functions (VNF) in a network functions virtualization (NFV) architecture. Phases One and Two concentrated on setting a baseline to gauge the market's readiness to test the VNF approach in life-like scenarios. (The report from Phase One is here.)

With Phase Three, the goal is to evaluate use-cases that show a combination of virtual customer premises equipment (vCPE), a service chain and a software defined network. The plan is to instantiate multiple distributed CPE instances on the NFV infrastructure (NFVi) and establish an end-to-end tunnel controlled by an SDN controller.

Want to learn more about the New IP Agency and its activities? Check out the NIA's web site. The NIA is partnered with Light Reading.

Companies interested in participating in Phase Three testing that have not yet signed up with the NIA have until April 15 to do so.

NIA vendor members use the results from the tests to improve their products, while service provider members get data on what network elements have been proven to work together, so helping them to more easily plan their next RFP, test, trial and deployment moves. (See Colt Says NIA Can Help Speed Up NFV Rollout.)

The third phase of testing will be completed in advance of Light Reading's Big Communications Event, which takes place May 24-25 in Austin, Texas. The test results and key takeaways from BCE will be published in a whitepaper prior to BCE and made available at the event as well as online.

EANTC, the independent operation that manages the testing, intends to hold an interoperability demonstration based on Phase Three activity at BCE.

— Brian Santo, Senior Editor, Components, T&M, Light Reading

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