Imagine if you will a time and place where equipment providers and service providers sit down to discuss the transformative effect of the Netconf protocol and the YANG modeling language with an engaged audience. It may not have been a cosmic alignment, but instead it is the drive by these organizations to figure out how to orchestrate network services without the legacy complexity as we accelerate our way towards network virtualization.
At this year’s Mobile World Congress such a meeting took place with more than 150 attendees: “The Case of Netconf and YANG,” a MWC 2014 panel event. The panel consisted of some interesting industry leaders including Deutsche Telekom (Axel Clauberg), Cisco (Phil Harris), Ericsson (Gabriela Styf Sjöman), Juniper (Geoff Mattson) and of course Tail-f (Myself).
The panel discussion provided a great opportunity to share observations, thoughts, and even a few jabs at each other. We heard a wide variety of angles on the subjects of Netconf, YANG, and service orchestration. It was clear from the conversation that there is a desire from the service providers for a more efficient and service oriented programmability of networking assets. It was also clear that this wish is being heard, understood and, most importantly, acted upon by the vendors in the room.
There are naturally differing opinions on how the exact moving parts would work together to build these approaches and systems. And there are certainly opinions on who should get to deliver what to whom. The key takeaway from the evening is that the open, well-standardized and model-driven paradigm that is Netconf and YANG will move the industry much closer to meeting the service providers’ expectations then we have ever been before.
Take the time to watch the panel discussion below; it is well worth the time investment to learn directly from these leaders on what they are doing now and what their expectations are for the future. Many CSPs are now demanding that their network equipment providers show their roadmap for Netconf and YANG support. This was the first industry ecosystem event on Netconf and YANG, but we don’t expect it to be the last.
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