ETSI to hold second NFV interoperability Plugtest

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Sessions will address emerging concepts such as multi-site operation, network path and NFV application programming interfaces.

Building on the momentum of its previous NFV Plugtest, ETSI plans to hold its second event in January, giving participants the opportunity to demonstrate system and service interoperability. 

The latest series of NFV Plugtests will be held at ETSI, in Sophia Antipolis, France, Jan. 15-19.

Similar to the earlier event that took place this past March in Spain, ETSI said its objective will be to provide an opportunity for extensive multiparty interoperability testing.

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Representatives from vendors and several open source communities will be able to evaluate the level of interoperability of their implementations and confirm that they adhere to the NFV specifications that are being defined by ETSI. Supporting open source communities include ETSI OSM (Open Source MANO), OPNFV, OpenStack and Open Baton.

During the five day interoperability session, ETSI and other parties will deal with all key components of NFV deployments, including virtual network functions (VNFs), NFV infrastructure (NFVI), Virtual Infrastructure Managers (VIMs) and management and orchestration (MANO) solutions. Over the course of the week, ETSI will hold a number of interoperability test sessions that will cover the combining together of various different VNFs, NFV MANO solutions and NFV platforms.

This latest event will extend the scope of what ETSI undertook at the previous NFV Plugtest event where the organization revealed 98% success rate in NFV interoperability. In particular, the sessions will address emerging concepts such as multi-site operation, network path, enhanced platform awareness, fault and performance management and NFV application programming interfaces.

One of the key aspects of this event will be the continuous and ubiquitous testing environment. Based on the ETSI Hub for Interoperability and Validation (HIVE), ETSI will enable remote integration and pre-testing for the event, but also further collaborative testing and validation activities such as remote interoperability testing, PoCs, demos or API validation during and between NFV Plugtests events.