Software-Defined Networking/Network Functions Virtualization (SDN/NFV-FG)

By separating the control plane and the data plane, SDN opens the door to network virtualization as well as the potential for greater flexibility and lower costs for deploying and managing networks. This offers a radical new model for the deployment, engineering, and operation of service provider networks, and it opens the door for new revenue models. Operators and vendors alike need to understand the impacts that a transition toward a virtualized network infrastructure will have on their networks and operations. ATIS' Software-Defined Networking/Network Functions Virtualization Focus Group, launched in January 2014, will demonstrate service chaining of hardware/NFV appliances (e.g., load balancer, firewall, and CDN) using SDN concepts. This will involve developing application interface APIs and OAM interface APIs for service chaining in an OpenStack and OpenDaylight framework.

This work builds on that of ATIS' Software-Defined Networking Focus Group. This Group was formed in May 2013 to assess new software-driven capabilities for dynamically managing traffic while enhancing network performance and reducing capital/operational expenses. The Group undertook a top-down analysis, identifying service provider opportunities, standards needs/issues, and ATIS opportunities, and it published a white paper in October 2013. Additional information may be found on our Completed Initiatives page.

Participating Companies

  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • AT&T
  • CenturyLink
  • Cisco
  • Cox
  • Ericsson
  • Harris
  • Hitachi
  • HP
  • Intel
  • JDSU
  • Nokia Solutions and Networks
  • Oracle
  • Qualcomm
  • Rogers
  • Sprint
  • Telephone and Data Systems
  • Verizon


Phil Jacobs
Technical Leader, SP CTO Group

Laurent LaPorte
Technology Development Strategist

Tom Anderson
Principal Engineer
Cisco Mobility CTO

Ben Campbell
Principal Engineer