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MEF 3.0 Transformational Global Services Framework

MEF 3.0 is a transformational framework for defining, delivering, and certifying agile, assured, and orchestrated communication services across a global ecosystem of automated networks.

Standardized, Orchestrated Services

MEF 3.0 services empower users with the dynamic performance and security required to thrive in the digital economy. Breaking free from the constraints imposed by static connectivity and time-consuming manual processes, MEF 3.0 services provide an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with unprecedented user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities.

MEF 3.0 drives continuous development of the world’s most advanced standards-based network services. The MEF 3.0 service family includes dynamic Carrier Ethernet, wavelength, IP, SD-WAN, Security-as-a-Service, and other virtualized services that will be orchestrated over programmable networks using LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) APIs.

Open LSO APIs

MEF’s LSO Reference Architecture guides agile development of standardized open LSO APIs that enable end-to-end orchestration of MEF 3.0 services across multiple providers and over multiple network technology domains (e.g., Packet WAN, Optical Transport, SD-WAN, 5G, etc.).

LSO enables service providers to transition from a silo-structured BSS/OSS approach towards flexible end-to-end orchestration that helps maximize return on SDN and NFV investments.

Service and Technology Certifications

MEF is increasing the agility of its popular service and equipment certification programs to accelerate availability and adoption of MEF 3.0 certified services and technologies.

MEF 3.0 certification is delivered by MEF’s testing partner, Iometrix, on a revolutionary cloud-based virtual test platform that empowers subscribing companies to certify that their services and technologies comply with the latest MEF 3.0 releases.

The MEF 3.0 framework provides the ability, for the first time, to move to an incremental release approach for both services and LSO APIs and to tightly align certification with each release. Subscribing companies can certify combinations of services and LSO APIs and can certify as often as desired.

Community Collaboration

MEF is working with many of the world’s leading service and technology providers, open source projects, standards associations, and enterprises to realize a shared vision of orchestrating dynamic services across multiple providers and network technology domains.

As part the MEF 3.0 agile standards development process, MEF members are creating reference implementations to maximize alignment of market implementations with LSO API and services specifications.

The new MEFnet compute, storage, and networking platform enables development, testing, integration, and showcasing of the implementations using open source and commercial products.

MEF regularly hosts LSO Hackathons that enable open source community developers and networking professionals to create LSO-SDN-NFV based solutions that can be used in open source projects and in development of LSO API specifications.

MEF recently has formed a new software developer community to help develop and enhance LSO API specifications.

 

MEF 3.0 Services Circle

In 2017, MEF introduced a Professional Certification Framework for creating a global base of certified professionals with the leading-edge skills required to build automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN, NFV, and CE. The framework expands upon MEF’s popular Carrier Ethernet Certified Professionals (MEF-CECP) program.

MEF – Accelerating Industry Innovation

With 210+ member companies and a track record of success, MEF is uniquely positioned to drive development and worldwide adoption of dynamic services orchestrated across a global fabric of automated networks.

Join us on this exciting journey to transform the industry!

MEF – A Proven Record of Success

MEF spearheaded creation of the $80 billion annual global market for Carrier Ethernet services and technology that involves more than 650 service providers and dozens of technology companies worldwide.

  • Nearly 100 service providers in every major geographic region offer more than 280 CE 2.0 certified services.
  • 45 CE 2.0 certified technology vendors offer 380+ CE 2.0 certified devices.
  • Nearly 5,300 MEF-CECPs are employed by 440 companies in 84 countries.
MEF 3.0 & CE 2.0 Frameworks Compared CE 2.0 CE 3.0
Standardized, Orchestration-Ready Services
MEF 3.0 includes dynamic Carrier Ethernet, wavelength, IP, SD-WAN, Security-as-a-Service, and other virtualized services that are orchestrated over programmable networks using open LSO APIs.
Static    
CE 2.0
 
 
Orchestration-Ready    
MEF 3.0 CE
 
 
Wavelength
 
 
IP
 
 
SD-WAN
 
 
Security & Other L4 - L7 Services
 
 
LSO Framework & Open LSO APIs
MEF’s LSO Framework guides agile development of open LSO APIs that enable end-to-end orchestration of MEF 3.0 services across multiple providers & multiple network technology domains.
LSO Reference Architecture & Framework
 
 
Inter-Provider & Intra-Provider Open LSO APIs (Interface Profile Specifications, Software Development Kits)
 
 
Operational Specifications (Service Lifecycle, Ordering, etc.)
 
 
Service and Technology Certifications
MEF is enhancing its certification programs to accelerate availability and adoption of MEF 3.0 certified services and technologies. MEF 3.0 certification is delivered by MEF’s Testing Partner, Iometrix, on a new cloud-based virtual test platform with user-initiated, subscription-based testing.
Global certification of static CE services and technologies
 
 
Bundled service & orchestration testing
 
 
Unlimited, user-initiated subscription-based testing
 
 
Multi-service certification
 
 
Community Collaboration
MEF is working with many of the world’s leading service and technology providers, open source projects, and standards associations to realize a shared vision of orchestrating standardized on-demand services over multiple provider networks using standardized open LSO APIs.
Standards collaboration among industry associations
 
 
Open source collaboration
 
 
MEF 3.0 Implemetations on MEFnet
 
 
LSO Hackathons
 
 
Software Developer Community
 
 
Carrier Ethernet Certified Professionals (MEF-CECP)
 
 
Network Foundations Professionals (MEF-NF)
 
 

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