January 22, 2018

EnterpriseWeb participated in the second global ETSI NFV Plugtest. The primary goal of the Plugtest was to run multi-vendor interoperability test sessions related to the latest published interface standards produced by ETSI’s Industry Specifications Group (ISG) for Network Function Virtualization (NFV).

EnterpriseWeb showcased the standards-compliance and advanced capabilities of its CloudNFV product, which is an automation platform for network and service management. The EnterpriseWeb solution enabled ETSI NFV’s first official proof-of-concept project back in 2013, demonstrating dynamic, data-driven, policy-controlled approach in the early days of the NFV movement. The company has subsequently led six award-winning TMF Catalyst projects, won a Layer 123 Network Transformers Award for “Best Interoperability solution, and is deployed in Tier-1 Telecoms.

CloudNFV was entered in the ETSI NFV PlugTest under the Management and Orchestration (MANO) platform category. At the Plugtest, the product stood out for its fully model-driven, no-code onboarding. Using CloudNFV, one person was able to onboard 17 heterogeneous application packages from a variety of Virtual Network Function (VNF) vendors, in two-days – on average, one hour per VNF. A significant time, effort and cost savings given industry reports indicate that the onboarding process takes Network Operators 4-6 weeks using multiple teams.

In addition, CloudNFV was differentiated by its market-leading platform features. Below are a few highlights and here is a link to EnterpriseWeb’s PlugTest participation report.

  1. It took on average one hour to onboard any of the heterogeneous VNFs using vendor information posted to ETSI NFV PlugTest wiki
  2. Onboarding was model-driven, there was no static template
  3. EnterpriseWeb was able to interact naturally, based on vendor product architecture (REST, YANG, etc.), and didn’t force transports, formats or methods
  4. No modifications to vendor product were required
  5. EnterpriseWeb captured any unique properties and dependencies in the model
  6. Fully implemented standards-based interfaces were generated – no stubs, manual integration – creating re-usable software objects (like an adaptor)
  7. Vendor products are exposed in a catalog/marketplace
  8. EnterpriseWeb automatically mapped VNFs to our programmable gVNFM and EM capabilities (Functions-as-a-Service, as opposed to components)
  9. EnterpriseWeb was able to Declaratively compose VNFs into “Intent-based” Network Services (infrastructure-independent) with no hard-code
  10. EnterpriseWeb demonstrated advanced DevOps, Lifecycle Management and Element Management automation supporting the new ETSI ZSM ISG principles