25 October 2016
The ETSI Centre for Testing and Interoperability will be organizing its first NFV PlugtestsTM event from the 23rd of January to the 3rd of February 2017. The test sessions hosted by the 5TONIC Laboratory, which is headquartered at IMDEA Networks Institute, in Madrid (Spain).
The NFV Plugtest* will offer test sessions where vendors and Open Source projects will be able to assess the level of interoperability of their implementations and verify the correct interpretation of the ETSI NFV specifications. Already the registration of interested companies and projects has concluded and 5TONIC is expecting a full house. There are three main components for the test sessions: Virtual Network Functions (VNFs), Management and Orchestration (MANO) solutions, and NFV Infrastructure (NFVI) with pre-integrated Virtual Infrastructure Manager (VIM). Companies and projects can tackle these separately or team up to provide and support one of the three.
The first NFV Plugtest will be preceded by a remote integration and pre-testing phase, where participants will be able to connect their implementations through a virtual lab environment. The face to face NFV Plugtest will run over 2 weeks. The first week of this Plugtest (23-27 January) will be dedicated to on-site infrastructure deployment and pre-testing. The second week (30 January-3 February) will be dedicated to interoperability test sessions among local and remote NFV components.
This event will be hosted by 5TONIC at IMDEA Networks Institute and will count with the technical backing of Telefonica. It includes OSM and OPNFV as supporting Open Source projects and is supported by the European Commission.
*What is a plugtest?
A plugtest or plugfest is an event based on a certain standard where the designers of electronic equipment or software test the interoperability of their products or designs with those of other manufacturers. It could be literally plugging company A's cable into company B's socket, or a more elaborate test resembling a realistic scenario.