Open Forum Developing Architecture for Federated Service Infrastructure
The Forum, Inclusive of the Infranet Initiative Council (IIC) Members, is Supported by Alcatel, BT, Cisco, Juniper Networks and Nearly 40 Other Companies
- Architecting today's Internet to be a service of the overall IP infrastructure, rather than the Internet itself being the infrastructure. In this sense, the permissive, best effort Internet service is presented as a 'tunnel,' alongside other tunnels presenting the services of more predictable, trusted network environments;
- Providing for any of the services of a network operators' IP infrastructure to be federated (or interconnected) with other operators according to clearly defined business relationships, and incorporating mechanisms for revenue settlement and SLA accountability;
- Ensuring that users of the IP infrastructure can access only the presented services, and not the underlying infrastructure itself, to heighten reliability and integrity of the overall federated system of networks.