ETSI, ONF collaborating on SDN support of NFV

In an alphabet soup of virtualization, ETSI is enlisting the aid of ONF as the NFV ISG pushes for PoCs that enlist NFV and SDN.

Put another way, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) are extending their working relationship. They agreed to a strategic partnership through which they can explore the use of  software-defined networking (SDN) to enable forwarding-plane support for some of the most important use cases behind network functions virtualization (NFV).

"In particular, our two organizations will collaborate on the means to build dynamic, programmable virtualized network function (VNF) forwarding graphs," ETSI and ONF said. They added that ETSI's NFV Industry Specification Group (ISG) is now encouraging proofs of concept  that employ both NFV and SDN and showcase the benefits of both technologies. As part of the strategic collaboration, ONF released an OpenFlow-enabled SDN and NFV solution brief to show how operators can combine NFV and SDN to meet common goals and overcome network challenges. For more, see this FierceTelecom article.