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Duo of ETSI NFV Proof-of-Concepts at SDN & OpenFlow World Congress


This week HP will be showcasing two ETSI NFV PoCs in the PocZone of SDN & OpenFlow World Congress from Oct 13-16, 2015 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Descriptions follow. If you’re there in-person, we do hope you will come by to see the demos!


PoC #34: SDN-enabled virtual EPC Gateway is an ETSI POC sponsored by two leading European operators (Telenor and Vodafone) and is a multi-vendor (Mitel/Mavenir, AltioStar, Red Hat, ImVision Technologies) collaborative effort led by HP. It utilizes HP’s Carrier-SDN Solution fabric, which leverages OpenDaylight (ODL) to enable a next generation implementation of 3GPP EPC Gateway elements where the S-GW and P-GW are each split to separate control and user plane entities. The demonstration will show how the HP Carrier-SDN Solution federated SDN fabric can not only enable independent scaling of EPC Gateway control and user plane components, but also create an ability for the user plane elements to be placed at both central and multiple edge locations. Traffic flows can be serviced simultaneously both from central and edge sites. Moving select flows closer to the edge can benefit applications in terms of reduced latency, and can reduce operator bandwidth needs. With this architecture, it is possible to move caches much deeper into mobile networks, thereby caching popular videos closer to the radio edge, which will benefit both consumers and operators. The implementation is fully compatible with existing 3GPP standards and preserves all interfaces towards eNodeB, MME, PCRF and others. Key existing gateway capabilities for paging, handover and accounting are preserved. More details on the vendors involved and PoC implementation can be obtained from ETSI NFV ISG PoC Wiki page.


PoC #38: Full ISO 7-layer stack fulfilment, activation and orchestration of VNFs in carrier networks
HP has partnered with F5 and Nuage Networks (subsidiary of Alcatel Lucent) on this NFV POC sponsored by Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications provider. The purpose of this PoC is to orchestrate via a self-serve portal the creation of overlay networks, using SDN across existing networks and instantiating a variety of network services on those networks creating an end-to-end service.  The PoC test cases also demonstrate the automated self-care capabilities that are possible as a result of the ETSI reference architecture.  This multi-vendor solution has been certified by the ETSI, providing customers with a documented, repeatable framework that can be referenced in deploying NFV technologies. Telstra sought to develop knowledge and experience from a series of proof points as part of assessing the NFV concepts and technologies. Each proof point was seen as the best way of developing skills and assessing underlying NFV technologies based on the ETSI reference architecture, enabling Telstra to understand the network/product implications of NFV and how it can be used with SDN.


Both of these PoCs demonstrate the effectiveness of ETSI NFV architecture and how it can be applied to various use cases.



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