ETSI drives NFV interoperability with first Plugtests event

Madrid event will see interoperability tests validating ETSI NFV Release 2 end-to-end capabilities including management of descriptors and software images

ETSI drives NFV interoperability with first Plugtests event

ETSI is holding its first Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) interoperability Plugtests event from 23 January to 3 February 2017. The event is hosted by 5TONIC Laboratory with the technical support of Telefonica and will take place in Leganes, Madrid, Spain.

The Plugtest follows the publication of the ETSI NFV Release 2 specifications and the announcement of ETSI Open Source MANO Release ONE in October 2016. NFV is seen as a key building block for advanced 4G and later 5G networks.

ETSI describes this first NFV Plugtests event as ‘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 Virtualised Network Functions (VNFs), Management and Orchestration (MANO) solutions and NFV platforms participating in the Plugtests.

During the two-week intense testing phase, interoperability tests will focus 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.

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 will be fed back to ETSI NFV Industry Specification Group.

Over 40 commercial and open source implementations will be 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. Key NFV Open Source projects, ETSI OSM, Open Baton, OPEN-O and OPNFV, will also participate. This first ETSI NFV Plugtests is a unique opportunity to stimulate synergy and alignment across the NFV ecosystem.

The list of participants at the 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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