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