Linux Foundation Networking (LFN) and GSMA has announced a partnership to create a common industry framework for Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVi).
The Common NFVi Telco Taskforce (CNTT) will operate as an open committee responsible for creating and documenting a Common NFVi Framework. An industry-aligned NFVi framework helps accelerate deployment across the entire telecommunications stack from infrastructure to Virtual Network Functions (VNFs).
Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA said, “By following a common approach and framework, operators will vastly reduce the time and costs associated with integration and accelerate adoption and deployment.”
Arpit Joshipura, general manager, Networking, Automation, Edge & IoT, the Linux Foundation said, “CNTT is a key enabler for our OVP program that brings NFVi, ONAP, VNFs, and OPNFV initiatives together, helping accelerate deployments.”
The CNTT will work closely with global service providers to define and create VNF reference architectures for NFVi (consisting of a global NFVi reference model, reference architecture, and global VNF certification lifecycle).
The common NFVi reference architectures will be submitted to LFN for testing and verification via the OPNFV Verification Program (OVP). Open source, SDN/NFV/VNFs, and network automation have become de facto building blocks as the industry moves towards 5G.