MRV Announces ONF Membership, Work with ETSI NFV Group

By Paula Bernier March 11, 2014

It’s a Tuesday, so what better day than to promote your NFV and SDN messaging? At least that’s what MRV Communications Inc. seems to have decided, so today it issued a press release talking about its activities on the network functions virtualization and software-defined networking fronts.

(To learn more about NFV and SDN, join TMC at Software Telco Congress – The NFV Event from Aug. 11-14 at The Rio – Las Vegas.)

The packet and optical solutions provider, which has been around for 25 years, today revealed that it is now a member of both the European Telecommunications Standards Institute's NFV Industry Specification Group and the Open Networking Foundation.

ONF was established in 2011 by Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Verizon, and Yahoo. Its mission is to accelerate the adoption of open SDN.

Meanwhile, AT&T, BT Group, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, and Verizon drove the creation of the ETSI group, which came together in November 2012. The key goals of the NFV Working Group are to reduce equipment costs and power consumption; improve time to market; enable the availability of multiple applications on a single network appliance with the multi-version and multi-tenancy capabilities; and encourage a more dynamic ecosystem through the development and use of software-only solutions.

"With virtualization of the metro network providing the next step for optimum network usage and dynamic behavior, collaboration within the industry is key to delivering exactly what the market needs,” said Edna Ganon, director of technology at MRV Communications. “We look forward to working with our colleagues in the ONF and ETSI communities on bringing interoperability and standardization to the next generation of software-based networks."

As MRV notes, cloud and mobility, and the onslaught of rich media, are creating a need for greater flexibility and optimization on today’s networks. NFV and SDN can help address those needs by allowing for the virtualization of network elements and functionality, and more efficient network management. 

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

Executive Editor, TMC

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