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TIA to Launch First U.S. Vendor Neutral NFV Lab

By Laura Stotler November 12, 2015

Embracing the true spirit of network functions virtualization (NFV), the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) is launching a neutral lab where vendors and developers can come together to test their technology and solutions for interoperability. The lab is expected to open early next year at TIA’s headquarters in Arlington, VA, and will be the first vendor-agnostic facility for NFV technology in the region.

Service providers and data center operators have been steadily moving away from specialized legacy hardware and embracing open source and virtualized solutions, building momentum for NFV and software defined networking (SDN). The new TIA NFV Lab will offer them a neutral space to test out their re-engineered networks, ensuring all components are interoperable and able to work seamlessly with other vendors’ re-architected networks.

“NFV is a game changer for the global communications industry and is rapidly driving innovative new services for consumers and businesses,” said Scott Belcher, CEO of TIA. “But in order to realize its full potential, companies must have access to sophisticated, neutral testing platforms. With the launch of the TIA Lab, we are committed to giving solution providers, vendors and developers a place to test compatibility between multiple platforms.”

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According to Franklin Flint, CTO of TIA, the new NFV Lab will be capable of testing cross-platform, industry-wide, ecosystem-agnostic equipment, software and solutions. The goal of the facility will be to offer a neutral venue for organizations to test the scalability and compatibility of their NFV solutions.

Red Hat is one of the first companies to get on board with the new Lab, and will be collaborating with TIA to help communication service providers make use of the venue. Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform is a popular building block for NFV solutions and will serve as the underlying NFV infrastructure at the facility. The NFV Lab will also make use of the initial NFV framework developed by ETSI’s NFV Industry Specification Group, bringing it into a live testing environment.

The NFV Lab will target developers, integrators, OEMs, researchers, customers and end users across the broad spectrum of the communications industry.

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

NFVZone Contributing Editor

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