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ETSI moves virtualisation to the next stage

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The organisation that was responsible for developing the
concept of virtualisation has taken the project to the next
level by announcing the next set of functions.
The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), the
body that 13 telecoms operators turned to in 2012 to develop
the idea of network functions virtualisation (NFV), has
expanded the project by outlining a new set of functions.
"This represents another major step towards our objective of
defining a comprehensive set of specifications that will
facilitate the deployment of NFV throughout the
telecommunications industry, with significant benefits being
subsequently derived in many interrelated sectors," said
Telefonica’s Diego Lopez, the newly appointed
chairman of ETSI’s NFV industry specification
group.
These new functions, classed as NFV release 2, include the
management of virtualised resources, lifecycle management of
both network services and virtualised network functions,
network service fault/performance management, virtualised
resource capacity management, and others.
"We have been able to identify and define the required
capabilities, following a practical approach that leverages
proofs of concept to explore and demonstrate what was
proposed," said Lopez. "The combination of wide consensus and
experimental evidence has led to NFV being recognised as a
completely viable and highly valuable technology. This has
allowed us to make progresses at a fast pace."
ETSI, based at Sophia Antipolis in France, published the
original specification of NFV in 2014. "By drawing upon the
combined merits of a well-defined standards structure and the
support of the open source community, we have been able to
accelerate the development process and ensure widespread
interoperability," said Lopez.
The architectural framework "will be the foundation upon which
future virtualisation of the network is established –
enabling cost-effective allocation of resources and the rapid
addition of new services, while still ensuring the highest
degrees of security and reliability, as well as painless and
seamless integration with existing infrastructure."

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