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NFV Catalysts sweep awards

Network functions virtualization (NFV) stole the show at TM Forum Live!, with three NFV-focused Catalyst projects winning awards for Most Innovative Catalyst, Greatest Adoption of Frameworx and Most Significant Adoption of Frameworx.

The Most Innovative Catalyst Award went to CloudNFVTM: Dynamic, Data-driven Management and Operations, which demonstrates that the higher-level objectives of both TM Forum and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute NFV Industry Specification Group (ETSI NFV ISG) are achievable today. Champions of the project are AT&T, BT, Orange and Sprint, and participants include EnterpriseWeb, Huawei and Qosmos. EnterpriseWeb and Qosmos are members of the CloudNFVTM consortium.

The CloudNFVTM Catalyst builds on TM Forum’s Information Framework to create a meta-data model using ‘active virtualization’, a term coined by the CloudNFVTM consortium. The consortium is a group of NFV technology suppliers working together to develop solutions aimed at solving one of the biggest problems plaguing network virtualization: how to link orchestration systems in a virtual network with the other business and operational support systems controlling network policy. Without these connections, sometimes dubbed ‘east-west’ interfaces, services like dynamic quality of service simply won’t work at scale.

The Greatest Adoption of Frameworx Award is given to the Catalyst team that produces the most effective implementation or proof of concept of Frameworx in use, demonstrating the value of the assets and encouraging wider industry adoption. This year’s winner was NFV Management Ecosystem, a project that uses open standard application program interfaces (APIs) to integrate ordering, billing, catalog, inventory and SLA management functions with ETSI NFV MANO function to deliver real-time, dynamic management of capacity, performance, quality of service and service level agreements, with real-time billing and compensation. Champions of the project include AT&T and Telecom Italia, and participants include DigitalWave, SunTec Business Solutions and Svarog Technology Group.

The Most Significant Contribution to Frameworx Award goes to the Catalyst team that produces or contributes the most to the ongoing evolution of Frameworx. This year’s winner, Service Bundling in a B2B2X Marketplace, shows how a buyer can bundle a collection of services sourced from different suppliers and deliver them seamlessly to a customer in a business-to-business or business-to-business-to-consumer arrangement. These components could include traditional network access products, as well as NFV and infrastructure-as-a-service products. Catalyst participants include Cisco Systems, DGIT and Liberated Cloud; champions of the project are AT&T, NBN Co, Uecomm, Ultrafast Fibre and Vodafone New Zealand; and Orange is a supporter of the project.

The Catalyst demonstrates how products are defined with characteristics that are orderable attributes of the product and encoded in product definitions. For a business service, for example, orderable attributes can include things like the service level agreement and throughput speed. The products are built and expressed using dynamic extensibility of the Information Framework and by creating templates for dynamic data, the specifications for which are shared between the service provider organizations.

“Congratulations to all of our Catalyst Award winners. Their hard work is a testament to the dedication and leadership of our members,” said Nik Willetts, Chief Strategy Officer, TM Forum. “Our Catalyst program showcases the unique, agile and collaborative nature of the Forum and is an outstanding example of how industry players can work together to solve some of their most difficult business and IT challenges in today’s digital world.”


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    Dawn Bushaus began her career in technology journalism in 1989 at Telephony magazine, which means she’s been writing about networking for a quarter century. (She wishes she didn’t have to admit that because it probably gives you a good idea of how old she really is.) In 1996, Dawn joined a team of journalists to start a McGraw-Hill publication called tele.com, and in 2000, she helped a team at Ziff-Davis launch The Net Economy, where she held senior writing and editing positions. Prior to joining TM Forum, she worked as a freelance analyst for Heavy Reading.

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