|This is the statement on the CloudNFV project from the website at the time of the launch, amended to remove obsolete links:|
CloudNFV was started as a response to the initial industry Call For Action issued by 10 global network operators in the fall of 2012. It was this Call for Action that generated the ETSI Industry Specification Group. Tom Nolle of CIMI Corporation responded to the operators and proposed that there were two critical steps needed to optimally advance the goals of network functions virtualization. One was a presumption that cloud infrastructure would be the platform for NFV, and the other was that prototyping should begin as soon as possible to insure that actual implementations emerged and could be used to test assumptions during the standardization process.
Tom worked on the architecture through the winter, and in April of 2013 at the NFV ISG meeting, he collected a group of vendors who collectively filled all of the functional requirements of the architecture with best-of-breed strategies and who were willing to commit their companies to the ambitious task of prototyping something as comprehensive as NFV even as the actual work on the standards was still proceeding. You can meet this team on the new project website. The group began cooperative work immediately, and basic development was completed in August 2013. This was the point at which we decided that we would go public with our architecture and our founding members, and at the same time publish our policies for integration.
We have no current link to a CloudNFV project website; for information on the project and participants please contact the company and people below:
For 6WIND, please contact Kelly Leblanc.
For CIMI Corp, please direct all inquiries to Tom Nolle
For Dell, direct all inquiries to Wenjing Chu
For EnterpriseWeb, direct all inquiries to Dave Duggal
For Overture, direct all inquiries to Mark Durrett
For Qosmos, please direct all inquiries to David Le Goff
For Metaswitch, please direct all inquiries to Phil Harvey
For Mellanox, plese direct inquiries to Eran Bello
For Shenick, direct all inquiries to Ameet Dhillon