Focus – ETSI drives NFV interoperability with first Plugtests event

Giuseppe Monteleone – Senior Technical Marketing Engineer – NFV

March 14, 2017 – Italtel is among the participants with its NetMatch-S Cloud Inside as Virtual Network Function.

ETSI organized the first Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) interoperability Plugtests® event from 23 January to 3 February 2017. This event was hosted by 5TONIC Laboratory with the technical support of Telefonica and took place in Leganes, Madrid, Spain.  This important event comes hot on the heels of the publication of the ETSI NFV Release 2 specifications and the announcement of ETSI Open Source MANO Release ONE in October 2016.

This first NFV Plugtests event is ambitious. A pre-testing and remote integration phase was already launched in November 2016. 29 remote labs were connected to the ETSI Plugtests network to verify interconnection between the different Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs), Management and Orchestration (MANO) solutions and NFV platforms participating in the Plugtests. During the two-week intense testing phase, interoperability tests focused on validating ETSI NFV Release 2 end-to-end capabilities including management of descriptors and software images, as well as life cycle management of network services and virtual network functions.

Italtel is proud to be part of this initiative that represents a unique opportunity to stimulate synergy and alignment across the NFV ecosystem. We carried out the interoperability tests on our session border controller NetMatch-S Cloud Inside as a Virtual Network Function. Our goal was to receive important feedbacks from the experimentation and establish new partnerships in the ecosystem, extending the already existing ones. Besides, we can identify possible gaps in the standardization area and suggest how to address them in the ETSI NFV ISG and in other standardization groups.

The test plan development has been driven by ETSI’s Center for Testing and Interoperability, building on the methodology defined by the ETSI NFV testing working group. The overall results and lessons learnt were fed back to ETSI NFV Industry Specification Group.

Over 40 commercial and open source implementations were tested for interoperability, including 20 virtual network functions, 10 management and orchestration solutions and 10 NFV platforms. Over 140 people have prepared this two-week event, forming an engaged and diverse community.

The list of participants at this event includes: A10 Networks, ADVA Optical Networking, Anritsu A/S, Canonical USA Inc., Cisco Systems, EANTC, Ericsson, F5 Networks, Fortinet, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Huawei, Italtel, Ixia, Keynetic Technologies, Lenovo, Mahindra Comviva, Netrounds, Openet, Palo Alto Networks, Radware, Red Hat, RIFT.io, Sandvine, Sonus Networks, Spirent, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), VMware and Wind River.

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