Nextworks S.r.l. (NXW), located in Pisa (Italy), is a dynamic R&D SME that was created in 2002 as a spin-off company of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Division of the Consorzio Pisa Ricerche (CPR–DITEL). Nextworks was created by a group of engineers and computer scientists who gained high experience in National and International research projects and industrial consultancies since 1995. Nextworks operates in the ICT sector, collaborating with some of the major European manufacturers and operators (e.g., Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Wind, Interoute, OpenFiber). The company’s team boasts long-term experience and proved skills in the frameworks of Control Plane technologies for wired and wireless transport networks, design and development of complex software on both traditional and embedded platforms and in Quality of Service (QoS) in packet networks, IP telephony, digital video encoding and streaming. The specific nature and technical position of these activities require a leading-edge, up-to-date know-how and technical expertise. In order to fulfil this requirement, Nextworks participates actively in EU-funded research projects (within H2020, FP7 and FP6), cooperating with both academic and industrial partners, as an important and preferential investment to develop and update know-how on selected topics. Nextworks has a solid background on design, development and integration of full networking protocol and SDN/NFV stacks. Nextworks research team features high expertise and know-how in design and implementation of SDN architectures and controllers, NFV MANO components, service composition frameworks, security frameworks, and joint cloud+network resource orchestration architectures, with hands-on experience with OpenDaylight and ONOS, OpenStack (with main focus on Neutron, Heat and Ceilometer modules), OpenBaton, Open Source Mano. Nextworks has already been active in standardization activities (e.g., in ETSI NFV, ETSI MEC, ETSI ZSM, IETF/IRTF and OGF). The R&D team has recently participated to the three ETSI Specialist Task Forces in ETSI NFV and ETSI MEC and has served as member of the ETSI CITI team for the organization, execution and reporting of the 2nd and 3rd NFV Plugtest in ETSI Headquarters.
Nextworks is participating in several H2020 projects on 5G (5G-Crosshaul and SELFNET from 5G PPP Phase 1, 5G-Transformer, SLICENET, 5GCity, 5G-MEDIA and BlueSpace from 5G PPP Phase 2, 5G-EVE), coupled with activities on 5G Verticals industries like IoT and Factory of the Future in the SYMBIOTE, MONROE and COMPOSITION projects. Quite often NXW successfully covers roles of WP and task leader for the activity items of specific expertise. Nextworks has also strong expertise in design and development of control component and network security architectures, offered as consultancy service to renowned vendors (Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent/Nokia, Italtel) and operators/agencies (Interoute, ESA).