ETSI Completes Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Phase 1, Publishes 11 Fundamental Specs

ETSI Completes Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Phase 1, Publishes 11 Fundamental Specs Image Credit: PCC Mobile Broadband

ETSI today announced that the Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) Industry Specification Group (ISG) has successfully completed Phase 1 of its work with the publication of 11 ETSI Group Specifications. The phase1 NFV specs cover the fundamental building blocks for service provider implementation including architectural frameworks, compute, hypervisor and network domains of the infrastructuremanagement and orchestration, NFV security and Virtual Network Function (VNF) architecture. These specifications are made available for download for free.

According to ETSI, more than 240 organizations has been working together for the last 2 years on the specs, building on the first release of ISG documents published in October 2013. The specs cover among others the infrastructure overview, the updated architectural framework, management and orchestration, security and trust and resilience as well as service quality metrics.

ETSI said that the second release of NFV documents is important to the industry because it lays the foundation for this technology and provides common and agreed definitions of the key concepts of NFV and allows the many players involved to speak a common language and collaborate with each other. The telecoms standards body also noted that the NFV Phase 2 is now well underway with over 28 new documents coming in the next 2 years. 

Steven Wright, Chair of ETSI NFV ISG
I would like to thank all of the NFV ISG participants for their tremendous dedication through our numerous face-to-face meetings and conference calls to evolve the NFV vision from the original operator whitepaper and bring these documents to publication.

Don Clarke, Chair of NFV ISG NOC
Phase 1 exceeded our expectations in fostering an open NFV ecosystem and influencing standards development organizations, open source communities and vendor roadmaps; achieving and validating interoperability at critical reference points is the key focus for phase 2.

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