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The Current State of NFV: Standards

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There are two standards out there right now that have strong momentum. One being the ETSI NFV standard that has been around for quite a while, and the other being the recently open sourced Enhanced Control, Orchestration, Management and Policy (ECOMP) architecture from AT&T based on the work done as part of Domain 2.0. ETSI has been the leader in this space, and is the standard that almost everyone is using. It is also a less complicated view of what is required to successfully create and manage an NFV environment. There…

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The Current State of NFV: Introduction

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We are going to be posting a series of blogs over the next few weeks to cover where we see the NFV landscape right now, the issues we see still outstanding, an assessment of the maturity of various layers to the NFV reference architecture (considering both the ETSI NFV and AT&T ECOMP frameworks), and where we see things moving in the future. Itential has spent the last 2 years or so working with clients in a hands-on capacity trialing various tools and solutions for SDN and NFV. We have at a…

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Orchestration, Orchestration Everywhere…What Are We To Do?

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One of the most overused phrases in the industry is orchestration. This is the case now, it was the case in the past, and it probably will continue to be in the future. It seems to be everyone’s answer to everything. Every vendor that has an “orchestrator” will promise you they can do anything you want, and this is true if you give them enough time and pay them enough money. You can “orchestrate” anything. So what is orchestration and why should you care about it. An orchestrator automates and “arranges”, to…

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So What’s Up With MANO?

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The Management and Orchestration (MANO) stack in the ETSI NFV model is a place full of interesting, and confusing at times, ideas. Many vendors have very different ways of looking at the functionality provided in that area. For reference, below is the standard ETSI NFV framework, with some of the underlying and surrounding components added: One of the best defined areas within MANO, and most mature, is the Virtual Infrastructure Manager (VIM) component. As such we won’t spend a lot of time on that. OpenStack is the clear leader in this…

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