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ETSI NFV#15 polishes Release 2, and paves the road to 5G


ETSI NFV#15 polishes Release 2, and paves the road to 5G

Sunny South of France and a very lively rich face to face meeting with lots of interactions with external guests that use ETSI NFV to shape the future of communications!

But before the get into more details, let me say a word of thanks to our dear chairman, Steven Wright from AT&T, who terminates his mandate and hand over to Diego Lopez from Telefonica!


The week started with a 5G session on Monday that I organized with Klaus Martiny (Deutsche Telecom). We had invited some of the most prominent world wide industry bodies working on this topic, including NGMN, IMT2020, 5G-PPP (Europe), 5GMF (Japan), 5G Forum (Korea) and some academics and research institutes: Eurecom and TU Dresden 5G Labs.


Among the different topics being highlighted by our guests, the leitmotiv was that NFV is key to 5G and ETSI NFV work in particular is the baseline for 5G “softwerization”. A number of topics were particularly mentioned such as slicing, edge computing, low latency, security, end to end orchestration. Some of these are summarized below:

5g summary.jpg

We followed up with an internal 5G brainstorming session on Tuesday evening to collect inputs from our community on next steps we should take as ETSI NFV. Lots of very constructive suggestions were expressed, the NOC (Network Operator Council) also shared their view, all going into the direction of further work beyond what Klaus and I had initiated with the network slicing use case for instance.

Then during the week, some 5G-PPP projects provided a deep dive on their current work: SELFNET presented in the SEC(security) working group with a focus on security use cases. SELFNET is designing and implementing an autonomic network management framework. 5G-Ex and SESAME presented in a joint TST-EVE session. 5G-Ex is a project to enable cross-domain orchestration of services over multiple administrations or over multi-domain single administrations, while SESAME targets innovation around three central elements in 5G: placement at the edge through NFV and Edge Cloud Computing, Small Cell evolution with dense 5G networks, and Consolidation of multi-tenancy infrastructure towards new sharing models. These interactions with 5G projects were very welcome as they touch on specific topic the ETSI NFV is investigating including NFV architecture evolution, NFV orchestration split, policy & security management etc. Further interactions are definitely expected with these multiple entities that also welcome an ongoing dialog.

The second topic addressed in NFV#15 was finalizing Release 2. As explained in plenary, the definition of release 2 is focused on normative specifications issued by ETSI NFV and reports that are tightly coupled with these specifications, targeting end 2016 publication. The other reports worked in the ISG are listed as part of the broader ETSI NFV work program and not attached to a particular release timeframe. A webinar has been delivered on this topic. Release 2 will be completed once all the deliverables listed below will be published, including the specifications in yellow.


Release 3 is under way … and being defined too J with a number of work item being specified


The testing & opensource TST working group that I am chairing with Pierre Lynch (IXIA) as a Vice Chair, has been extremely active and successful. On the testing side, the key highlights would be the number of contributions, much higher than usual: this covered Path Testing, VNF Snapshot, CI/CD and Interop Testing. The plenary approved for publication TST002 Report on Interoperability Test Methodology, which is highly expected by the industry deploying NFV now; we also had a very detailed presentation from ETSI CTI on upcoming ETSI NFV PlugTest planned Jan23rd-Feb 3rd in Madrid (registration deadline Sept 30th !!). We got an update on OpenStack interfaces mapping effort in TST003, with some interesting comments from companies using a shim layer between ETSI NFV interfaces and OpenStack interfaces … Then on the OpenSource side, we had an update from opensource MANO projects open-o and OSM which both presented progress of their implementation and timeline update, with a promise to deliver some inputs to ETSI NFV towards their next release timeframe, Oct-Nov 2016.

Last but not least, there was a record number of 26 female delegate registered for NFV#15! I’d like to think that this is because NFV is a hot topic and not because of our fun women social J  If you want to join please do, we have a linkedin women in NFV community. We always try to find some time during F2F to go out for a drink or lunch !


NFV#16 will be in Shenzen, hosted by Huawei Dec 12-15th 2016. See you there! (incl Specifications, link to POC, link to workplan, etc)

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