ONF and ETSI announce SDN / NFV alliance

European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) announced an agreement to further the development of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) standards with the help of SDN.

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) announced that formal agreement was signed on March 18, 2014 at the ETSI General Assembly meeting in Mandelieu-la-Napoule, France.

Together the organizations will explore the application of SDN configuration and control protocols as the base for the network infrastructure supporting NFV, and conversely the possibilities that NFV opens for virtualizing the forwarding plane functions. In particular, the two organizations will collaborate on the means to build dynamic, programmable Virtualized Network Function (VNF) forwarding graphs, ways to provide persistent secure connections among VNFs, and the application of SDN configuration and control protocols as the base for the network infrastructure supporting NFV.

In conjunction with the collaboration, they’ve released the OpenFlow-enabled SDN and NFV solution brief. The solution brief showcases how operators combine NFV and SDN to achieve the common goals of both technologies. It discusses the new IP connectivity challenges imposed by NFV, and presents use cases that demonstrate how OpenFlow-enabled SDN can meet the need for automated, open, and programmable network connectivity to support NFV. The NFV solution brief provides insight into how OpenFlow-enabled SDN can accelerate NFV deployments by offering a scalable, elastic, and on-demand architecture well suited to the dynamic NFV communications requirements for both virtual and physical networking infrastructures.

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