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CloudNFV Unveils Open Framework, Guidelines for Industry Participation, and Public Demonstration Timeline

CloudNFV today announced the technical framework and public demonstration schedule of an open platform for implementing Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) based on cloud computing and Software Defined Networking (SDN) technologies in a multi-vendor environment. In addition, CloudNFV has published guidelines for open participation by vendors and network operators who were not part of the initial founding team.

What makes CloudNFV different than any other work taking place is that it is the only open, standards-based initiative that merges the three revolutions of the age: cloud computing, software-defined networking, and network functions virtualization.

CloudNFV is a group of vendors dedicated to creating a working prototype based upon the ETSI NFV Industry Specifications Group (ISG) work. The objective is to structure software and hardware elements, select practical interfaces and data models, and adapt as needed through the evolution of the ISG NFV specification. Detailed information on the technical framework and the initial prototype is contained within the CloudNFV white paper.

CIMI Corporation President, Tom Nolle, is the architect and facilitator of CloudNFV and the other founding members include 6WIND, Dell, EnterpriseWeb, Overture and Qosmos. These companies each bring unique technologies and expertise to complete the framework needed to demonstrate the multi-vendor CloudNFV vision.

Demonstrations of CloudNFV will open with a series of webinars beginning in late September and will include live, in-person demonstrations conducted at various industry events through the end of the year.

Organizations interested in becoming an integration partner with CloudNFV™ and participating in future activities, can read the details and requirements outlined in the document Participating in CloudNFV.

“We formed CloudNFV in April 2013 with a group of like-minded companies working towards an open, effective, manageable, and extensible means to deploy NFV using proven cloud principles and techniques,” said Tom Nolle, President of CIMI Corp. “Today marks a milestone in this work as we invite others to join us as we work to demonstrate the practical application of well understood cloud technologies to NFV – really taking NFV to the cloud.”

Published Wednesday, August 14, 2013 7:47 PM by David Marshall
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