With the need for significant investment and development (across frameworks, business processes, software) to make NFV successful, there are a few key organizations that are leading the charge especially when it comes to NFV MANO.
We’ll start with organization that help start it all-ETSI. NFV MANO is a working group (WG) of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute Industry Specification Group (ETSI ISG NFV). It is the ETSI-defined framework for the management and orchestration of all resources in the cloud data center. This includes computing, networking, storage, and virtual machine (VM) resources. The main focus of NFV MANO is to allow flexible on-boarding and sidestep the chaos that can be associated with rapid spin up of network components.
ETSI also owns the specifications for YANG device modeling used for designing services. We’ll discuss YANG and TOSCA (Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications) and modeling later in the report.
TMForum has been around for many years, helping pull together best practices and business and technology processes in usable frameworks for CSPs. More recently, the TMForum has been leading the effort in operationalizing the NFV vision. TMForum is hosting and driving the Zero-touch Orchestration, Operations & Management (ZOOM) project. ZOOM incorporates OSS/BSS with Virtualization, as well as NFV & SDN best practices and standards to create a living blueprint for a new generation of service provider support systems. The work done here with other SDOs (Standards Development Organizations) is provided as proof-of-concept use cases to ETSI NFV working groups.