Our First VIRTUAL ETSI Plugtest! Here’s how it went
If you’re unfamiliar with the ETSI plugtests, these events are designed to help provide essential feedback for their standards’ design and test product interoperability. For us, we see it as a great way to interact with other companies and an opportunity to assess the interoperability of our NFV and Edge solutions and validate implementation of NFV specifications and APIs.
Last week we participated in the Fifth ETSI NFV & MEC Plugtest. This was the first time this event was held remotely, which made things a bit challenging with companies in several different time zones. This event focused on test sessions that covered:
NFV Interoperability and API Conformance
MEC and MEC-in-NFV Interoperability and API Conformance
Going into this Plugtest, we had two top goals in mind:
Onboard vBNG data plane and control plane containers on a few different platforms using different management and orchestration entities
Showcase our vBNG VNF & validate its interoperability with as many companies as we can
By the end of the Plugtest, we met our two primary goals and walked away with some great experiences and new learnings. We’re currently in the early stages of development for the first goal (onboarding vBNG data plane and control plane containers), so having the opportunity to not only interoperate with other products but also to take the chance to learn more about how we can improve was invaluable. Additionally, since very few vendors are ready to interoperate with CNFs, this Plugtest allowed us to test our vBNG VNFs’ interoperability with CNFs as well as with other solutions.
Our Interoperability Testing Setup
We’re big proponents of the ETSI NFV Plugtests Programme, and we’re looking forward to the next one! If you’re curious about our interoperability – drop us a line! We’d be happy to chat with you.