NFV World Marketplace and Directory

 

Layer123 is delighted to announce a new initiative to demonstrate and accelerate the realisation of the promise of NFV to transform all networks – “NFV World Marketplace”.

 

The first NFV World Marketplace will be hosted at NFV World Congress EXPO, 2-5 May 2017 in San Jose, USA. Layer123 thanks Intel and Intel Network Builders for their support of this program.

 

Join the NFV World Marketplace today!  To apply to participate, and receive more details, please >> complete and submit this form 

 

 


About NFV World Marketplace

In 2014 and 2015, Layer123 hosted the ETSI NFV PoC Zone at SDN World Congress; in 2015 and 2016 Layer123 hosted the NFV PoC & Demo Trail at NFV World Congress.  Now in 2017, as the market moves to commercial reality, it is time to host the NFV World Marketplace.

NFV World Marketplace is an open, multi-vendor, multi-community platform to publicly demonstrate key advances in NFV function, interop and performance.  The first Marketplace focuses particularly on VNF definition/portability between Management & Orchestration (MANO) solutions by on-boarding and deploying VNFs, packaged once, across different MANO solutions.

The automation of VNF delivery and on-boarding is key to accelerating time-to-value and time-to-market for companies participating in the NFV ecosystem. Current VNF delivery and on-boarding processes are too labour-intensive and time-consuming - for both VNF suppliers and network service operators. To make network automation viable, agreement across the NFV ecosystem on standardized VNF information, data models and data model attributes is critical.

 

Broad support from market leaders

The Marketplace benefits from close dialogue with Congress Advisory leaders from Partners and service providers including Telefónica, BT, Verizon, Vodafone, KPN, Swisscom, Orange and Deutsche Telekom.. >> www.layer123.com/nfv-advisory and >> www.layer123.com/sdn-advisory

John Healy, VP, Data Center Group & General Manager of Datacenter Network Solutions Group at Intel commented “Working across a broad set of network industry stakeholders including open standards and open source initiatives, the NFV Marketplace is well-positioned to pragmatically demonstrate the interoperability of critical SDN and NFV technologies”.

 

Demonstration of industry capability

NFV World Marketplace is a demonstration platform, where VNFs from multiple vendors can be demonstrated, on-boarded, operated and even interworked across multiple MANO solutions to meet specific network service scenarios.  It acts as a showcase for the interoperability of NFV, SDN & MANO – as envisioned by the global operator community, demonstrating openness and choice.

 

Open to the NFV ecosystem

Aligned with the latest standards from ETSI NFV ISG and other standards development organisations such as MEF, OASIS, ONF, and others – NFV World Marketplace showcases current solutions from OSS, Orchestrator, MANO, VNF and NFVi providers and integrators.  Employing the latest open source components from OSM, OPEN-O, OPNFV, OpenStack, and others – NFV World Marketplace showcases the common approach now possible.

 

...not another standards or open source project

NFV World Marketplace is not a technical Interop, plugfest, hackathon or plugtest, which are intended to debug prototypes and fix code according to strict requirements and specifications.  NFV World Marketplace is a front-of-market pragmatic horizontal demo activity to showcase VNF and MANO innovation, interoperability and portability in a common working framework.

 

...not a testing, certification or accreditation scheme

NFV World Marketplace does not charge for testing services, issue certificates or evaluate products.  By virtue of compatibility with the Marketplace platform and a desired compatibility with the published TOSCA Simple Profile for NFV v1.0-CSD03, VNFs can be on-boarded and participate in the Marketplace, demonstrating their interoperability and portability across multiple MANO solutions.

 

TOSCA Template enables a common demonstration

In order to support a common demonstration, NFV World Marketplace participants believe that the OASIS TOSCA NFV Simple Profile and CSAR, as well as the VNF SDK based on the Apache ARIA incubator project, provide a good foundation for VNF definition and packaging standardization.

The NFV World Marketplace uses a TOSCA Simple Profile for NFV v1.0-CSD03 template that any VNF provider can work to, in order to plug into the demonstration platform. VNFs using the VNF SDK to produce a TOSCA compliant CSAR file as a common VNF package can be on-boarded by any of the orchestration solutions demonstrated in the Marketplace – and managed and used with a basic set of functionality.

 

Progressive program will demonstrate more advanced capability

The demonstration cycle will be developed at a 6 months cadence, and the second NFV World Marketplace will be hosted by Layer123 at SDN NFV World Congress 2017, 9-13 October in The Hague.

 

Low cost of participation

** Please note: All applications for Marketplace participation must be received by Friday 31st March 2017 **

Layer123 has set aside a dedicated space in the EXPO area for NFV World Marketplace.  All Partners, Sponsors and Exhibitors at NFV World Congress 2017 are eligible to participate at no extra charge; other organisations may pay a participation fee to Layer123.

Participants in the first NFV World Marketplace and details of the solutions and VNFs included, will be publicised in a dedicated email newsletter and Marketplace Directory webpage, which will grow over time as the industry’s principal reference point.

To apply to participate, and receive more details, please >> complete and submit this form

 

Compatibility desired for participation

In order to participate, companies should ensure their product(s) and/or solution(s) are technically compatible with the Marketplace platform, support the requirements of the TOSCA specification, and must be on-boarded onto the Marketplace platform so they can be operationally demonstrated.

 

Technical details of NFV World Marketplace

To apply to participate, and receive more details, please >> complete and submit this form