We are open! In several ways, in fact. First, we're now opening up on our founding membership and our architecture. Second, we're open in that we are not a product but a development partnership, a group that started with our founding members but that is intended to include anyone who wants to participate. All of our interfaces will be published, and so will our data models. Tom Nolle, the original Chief Architect, contributed the entire design for open publication and use without restrictions. We have already done multiple tutorials in PDF and YouTube video form, and we'll contiune to do that. Just recently, our application for approval as a Proof-of-Concept test/trial for the ETSI ISG was approved (See "News and Events").
Network Functions Virtualization is an ISG activity within ETSI, dedicated to creating an architecture to host network features and functions on general-purpose servers instead of on purpose-built network appliances or devices. This site represents an activity launched by a consortium of companies to implement the NFV model using standard cloud computing tools and principles. The implementation will contain both commercial and open-source elements but will be based on the standard interfaces described by NFV, as the specification evolves. This activity is not sanctioned by or associated with the NFV ISG or ETSI, but is simply an attempt to build a prototype or demonstration model of NFV based on the work of the body, and to support ongoing research into the implementation of NFV as a cloud-based application. We do plan to submit multiple Proof-of-Concept proposals to the ISG, when the guidelines for such proposals are finalized and we've had an opportunity to review the requirements.
As previously noted, are an open process, not a product or service. Subject to resource constraints, we're prepared to work with other members of the NFV ISG or the TMF to integrate our platform with other networks, hosts, components, virtual functions, or even other complete NFV implementations. We think that the NFV process should be open and flexible to gain the greatest benefit for the operators who launched it, and we're dedicated to providing that. If you look at what we've already revealed about our process, we think you'll agree that nobody is working harder for an open implementation of NFV than we are. We invite those who want to integrate with us to visit our Participation page and get the details on how to work with us.
Please note that because of those resource constraints we can't do one-on-one discussions or tutorials on CloudNFV. We're posting documentation as fast as we can develop it, and we will be scheduling various online activities aimed at helping people understand our architecture and integrate with us in various ways. We are trying to advance the features and functionality of CloudNFV as quickly as possible and the completion of our own schedule of demonstration and integration will occupy much of our time until the end of 2013. If you think that you can work with us based on your own resourcing, we ask that you propose an Integration Partnership by email letting us know how your capabilities would advance the state of NFV and our functionality, and also describing what resources you can contribute to the integration task.
CIMI Corporation is facilitating this activity for the moment. The website domains assocaited with it and the trademark of the term CloudNFVTM will be transferred at the appropriate point to the company or body that takes up the ongoing maintenance of the prototype platform/implementation this project creates. CIMI Corporation makes no claim on intellectual property created by or for this project.
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