Q&A

  • Q: What is NFV-ITI?

    A: NFV Interoperability Testing Initiative (“NFV-ITI”) is an industry effort to help communication service providers to address interoperability testing related challenges between vendors of NFV Elements...

    A: NFV Interoperability Testing Initiative (“NFV-ITI”) is an industry effort to help communication service providers to address interoperability testing related challenges between vendors of NFV Elements for specific customer situations, with the intention to promote competition and create industry alignments on generic principles for NFV interoperability testing and support.

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  • Q: Who are the NFV-ITI Initiating Parties?

    A: The NFV-ITI Initiating Parties include Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei, and Nokia, which are active members of ETSI ISG NFV, full members of NVIOT, and platinum founding members of OPNFV. And it is critical to hi...

    A: The NFV-ITI Initiating Parties include Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei, and Nokia, which are active members of ETSI ISG NFV, full members of NVIOT, and platinum founding members of OPNFV. And it is critical to highlight – The general guiding principles for NFV-ITI are openness, fairness, reasonableness and non-discriminatory treatment. All relevant NFV vendors are welcome to join this initiative by ratifying the NFV-ITI MoU.

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  • Q: What are the objectives of NFV-ITI?

    A: The Initiating Parties’ objectives with the NFV-ITI include:

    1) Promoting competition, by:

    • committing to Parties to offer Interoperability Testing and Interoperability Support, relat...

    A: The Initiating Parties’ objectives with the NFV-ITI include:

    1) Promoting competition, by:

    • committing to Parties to offer Interoperability Testing and Interoperability Support, relating to their respective NFV Elements, in specific customer situations where the Parties are suppliers of such NFV Elements and where interoperability is required between such NFV Elements;
    • promoting interoperability between different NFV Elements by producing and recommending Generic Interoperability Testing Principles including interoperability test cases, interoperability test criteria, interoperability test project processes, interoperability test methods, and interoperability test tools;

    2) Addressing customers’ needs, through:

    • enabling the optimization of overall NFV Elements related integration costs
    • enabling shorter time-to-market for NFV Elements
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  • Q: What are the guiding principles of NFV-ITI?

    A: The guiding principles of NFV-ITI are openness, fairness, reasonableness and non-discriminatory treatment. All relevant NFV vendors are welcome to join this initiative by ratifying the NFV-ITI MoU.

    A: The guiding principles of NFV-ITI are openness, fairness, reasonableness and non-discriminatory treatment. All relevant NFV vendors are welcome to join this initiative by ratifying the NFV-ITI MoU.

  • Q: Why NFV-ITI is needed, considering all the existing activities for NFV interoperability testing?

    A: All existing NFV interoperability related testing activities are triggered by different needs of the industry, for example:

    • ETSI NFV ISG focuses on driving NFV related standardization, includ...

    A: All existing NFV interoperability related testing activities are triggered by different needs of the industry, for example:

    • ETSI NFV ISG focuses on driving NFV related standardization, including NFV testing related standards
    • OPNFV drives collaborative development activities for NFV. OPNFV is a carrier-grade, integrated, open source platform to accelerate the introduction of new NFV products and services. As an open source project, OPNFV is uniquely positioned to bring together the work of standards bodies, open source communities and commercial suppliers to deliver a de facto standard open source NFV platform for the industry.
    • Network Vendor Interoperability Testing (NVIOT) forum has been driving common interoperability testing methodologies and procedures for mobile legacy solutions for more than 15 years.
    • The New IP Agency (NIA) interoperability testing activities have been triggered by the need of marketing and benchmarking the vendors’ capabilities in NFV interoperability testing.
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  • Q: How would NFV-ITI be related to the existing NFV and interoperability related testing activities, such as ETSI NFV testing work group, OPNFV testing, NVIOT, and NIA interoperability testing?

    A: Being triggered by the need of creating industry alignments for NFV interoperability testing, NFV-ITI shall complement all existing NFV interoperability testing initiatives, with the following reasons:

    A: Being triggered by the need of creating industry alignments for NFV interoperability testing, NFV-ITI shall complement all existing NFV interoperability testing initiatives, with the following reasons:

    • All existing NFV and interoperability related testing activities are triggered by different needs of the industry.
    • OPNFV testing focuses collaborative development related integration testing
    • NVIOT focuses on Interoperability Testing for legacy/non-virtualized solutions
    • NIA testing focuses on NFV interoperability testing benchmarking and marketing
    • NFV-ITI focuses on creating common principles and frameworks for interoperability testing for NFV commercial deployments in specific customer situations, which will complement and facilitate all existing NFV interoperability testing initiatives in the industry.
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Nfv Interoperability Testing-related activities

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