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NFV Tests & Trials

NIA Phase 2 Test: VNF Management

DUBLIN -- 2020 Vision Executive Summit -- With its Phase 1 multivendor interoperability evaluation completed, and an in-depth report published on Light Reading, the next phase of the New IP Agency test planning has been unveiled here in Dublin at Light Reading's Executive Summit with a focus on virtual network function (VNF) management capabilities. (See Light Reading Publishes Unique NFV Interoperability Test Report.)

The NIA will launch as a fully-fledged not-for-profit organization in early 2016 and, until then, Light Reading is helping to get the test program underway by sourcing suggestions and ideas from major network operators about the multivendor test plans that would be of immediate help. Interoperability between NFV infrastructure (NFVi) systems and multiple third-party virtual network functions (VNFs) was identified as the first and most immediate requirement, so that was the focus on the Phase 1 evaluation and report. (See EXCLUSIVE! NFV Interop Evaluation Results.)

That evaluation isn't over: It will continue through 2016.

But starting in the first quarter of 2016, the NIA evaluation program will begin Phase 2 by turning its attention to the management of VNFs, specifically multivendor interoperability between management tools and VNFs.

Look out for further details in the coming weeks: Any company interested in participating should contact Jeff Hannah, director of NIA, at [email protected]

— Ray Le Maistre, Circle me on Google+ Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profile, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

[email protected] 12/11/2015 | 9:19:45 AM
Positive feedback The reaction to the Phase 1 results has been mostly positive and the Phase 2 plan is also at the request of major service providers.

Once the New IP Agency (NIA) is fully established in 2016, its board will drive the focus of further independent evaluations. 
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