Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF discusses the new MEF 3.0 transformational global services framework for defining, delivering, and certifying agile, assured, and orchestrated services across a global ecosystem of automated networks. He covers the four key elements of MEF 3.0: standardized services (wavelength, CE, IP, SD-WAN, Security-as-a-Service), LSO APIs, agile certification, and an expanded community. New, dynamic MEF 3.0 services will provide user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities.
AT&T Intelligent Edge Blurs Lines Between Cloud, CPE
ORLANDO -- MEF 17 -- The edge of the network is definitely where it's happening right now, as operators push out intelligence and compute power closer to the customer. But how that edge is defined is also changing, blurring the lines between the customer premises and the cloud and even redefining what constitutes a "premises," says Josh Goodell, vice president of intelligent edge for AT&T.
Kevin O'Toole, SVP, Product Management, Comcast Business - MEF 3.0 is a Generational Leap for the Industry
Kevin O'Toole, Senior Vice President, Product Management, Comcast Business shares his view that MEF 3.0 is a transformational milestone for the industry and for the MEF itself. “As a MEF board member, I am extremely proud that our organization has taken this critical first step in establishing the MEF 3.0 Transformational Global Services Framework. This move validates our belief that technologies such as LSO, SDN and NFV are moving into the mainstream of the networking world, as well as the universal need for standardized terminology, service components, reference architectures, and service definitions.”
Editor's Corner: Tracking the Top 5 Trends at MEF17
ORLANDO—This year’s MEF17 trade show reflected a time of transition and disruption in the networking and telecom industry where players are looking for ways to effectively virtualize their networks via SDN and NFV. The end result for service providers is a more agile network that users can interact with to more rapidly procure and provision services.
Digital transformation and disruption is driven by IoT (Internet of Things), increasing cloud IP traffic, artificial intelligence (AI), software-centricity, and pervasive security, according to Josh Goodell, VP, Intelligent Edge, AT&T, speaking at MEF 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Goodell has led the initiative to redefine and deploy AT&T’s first SDN capabilities to enable fully automated service delivery to drive down costs.
MEF Chairman: Information is Currency in the Digital Economy
As Chairman of MEF, Strople runs a professional board enabling it to operate efficiently. At the 2017 MEF event, Strople thanked the members and the contributors to MEF who "are the ones that make MEF happen" since it is a member-driven organization.
AT&T, Orange, and Partners Shrink the World Using MEF LSO, ONAP
ORLANDO, Fla. — AT&T, Orange, and a handful of technology partners are attempting to shrink the world by using inter-provider application programming interfaces (APIs) to provision Ethernet services. The companies demonstrated a proof of concept of this at this week’s MEF17 event. Tapping into the MEF’s recently released Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) Sonata software development kit (SDK), the demonstration showed an automated, real-time ordering, and provisioning of the software-defined networking (SDN)-based services across AT&T’s network and Orange’s network. This involved the interaction of both operators’ SDN architectures.
ORLANDO -- MEF 17 -- The MEF is planning to aggressively push smaller operators to get on the automation bandwagon to enable faster end-to-end service delivery, CTO Pascal Menezes said here this morning.
Linux Foundation’s Joshipura Says ONAP is Now the De Facto Open Networking Platform
ORLANDO--Since ECOMP and Open O merged earlier this year to create Open Networking Automation Platform (ONAP), the Linux Foundation is seeing membership and interest continue to accelerate to automate more network functions via SDN and NFV.
They say that three is the perfect number. If that’s the case, the MEF (News - Alert) may really have something here. The industry association this week unveiled the MEF 3.0 Transformational Global Services Framework.
Verizon's Cevis: Application-Aware Networks on Deck
ORLANDO -- MEF 2017-- Eric Cevis, president of Verizon Partner Solutions, outlined his company's roadmap during his keynote address on Tuesday, which included more automation, the creation of application-aware networks and continued standards development.
ORLANDO -- MEF 17 -- For all the hype around SD-WAN services, many network operators are just getting started rolling out their own offerings. Verizon Partner Solutions believes many of those players will be attracted to its wholesale SD-WAN offer, and the opportunity to avoid the hassle of bringing their own service to market.
MEF 3.0: On-Demand Certification Beyond Ethernet, Emphasis on APIs, Community
The latest bundling of initiatives from the organization originally known as the Metro Ethernet Forum goes beyond the organization’s original focus to also encompass wavelength, IP, SD-WAN, security-as-a-service and possibly other areas. The new bundling is dubbed MEF 3.0.
ORLANDO, Florida—MEF has introduced its MEF 3.0 Transformational Global Services Framework, a platform to define, deliver, and certify orchestrated services across what it calls a global ecosystem of automated networks. The new framework, which was revealed at its MEF17 show, incorporates the mix of standardized services with the group’s emerging suite of LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) APIs to provide an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities.
MEF 3.0 Looks to Take Best From Carrier Ethernet and the Internet
ORLANDO, Florida – Industry trade group MEF is looking to be one better in helping to define a global services framework. Speaking at this week’s MEF17 event in Orlando, MEF President Nan Chen said the MEF 3.0 program “has to be the biggest and boldest framework we have ever implemented.”
ORLANDO -- MEF 2017 -- In an effort to meet the expanding needs of its communications network industry members, industry body MEF has broadened the scope of its latest specification/certification program, MEF 3.0, to embrace a broader set of services well beyond Carrier Ethernet.
Alessandro Talotta, Chairman & CEO, Sparkle notes that MEF 3.0 is becoming a reality, with work underway to standardize transformational SD-WAN, IP, and Carrier Ethernet services that provide end-users greater control over network resources and service capabilities.
Nan Chen, President, ME introduces the MEF 3.0 Transformational Global Services Framework for defining, delivering, and certifying agile, assured, and orchestrated communication services across a global ecosystem of automated networks.
ORLANDO -- MEF 2017 -- The Metro Ethernet Forum is throwing its arms around creating a new ecosystem that was designed to enable service providers to define, deliver and certify new orchestrated services globally.
ORLANDO -- MEF 17 -- MEF kicked off its annual event here today by rolling out MEF 3.0, the latest version of its specification/certification program and one adapted for agility and continuous incremental releases versus a single block of specifications.
MEF, ONAP Develop Pact for Open Network-Based Orchestrated Services
MEF and the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP), a Linux Foundation project, have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish service orchestration for service providers interconnecting diverse networks and technologies.This alliance is set on helping service providers, cloud providers, and enterprises provide on-demand services profitably and competitively, while maximizing existing investments.
MEF and ONAP are formally teaming up, agreeing to work jointly on key aspects of MEF's Lifecycle Services Orchestration framework, including specific interfaces that will ultimately allow end-to-end services across multiple operators' ONAP deployments. The formal memorandum of understanding means MEF becomes an associate member of Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) while ONAP's host organization, the Linux Foundation, becomes an associate member of MEF. (See MEF, ONAP Collaborate on LSO, Automation.)
MEF and the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP), a Linux Foundation project, have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish service orchestration for service providers interconnecting diverse networks and technologies. This alliance is set on helping service providers, cloud providers, and enterprises provide on-demand services profitably and competitively, while maximizing existing investments.
MEF Releases LSO Sonata, Presto Software Development Kits, Drives Multiprovider Ethernet Service Orchestration
MEF is releasing two Lifecycle Service Orchestration software development kits that include standardized open APIs for orchestrating connectivity services across and within multiple service providers, breaking through the proprietary barriers to provision Ethernet across service providers.These two SDKs, which include LSO Sonata SDK and LSO Presto SDK, are part of a broader effort by the MEF to simplify the Ethernet ordering process. While service providers have had to order wholesale Ethernet from one another to satisfy off-net requirements for business customers, the reality is that the process can be very time-consuming.
Martyn Warwick talks with Dan Pitt about where the past five years of NFV have taken us and where we’re going over the next five. Have things moved far enough? asks Martyn.“We came in with more enthusiasm than was warranted; but without that enthusiasm we would never have continued,” Dan replies. SDN and NFV shouldn’t have been separated at NFV’s birth but joined at the hip; and over the next five years he thinks we’ll see exceptional service provider transformation as their DNA comes to the forefront. As the industry stratifies, Dan says, they’ll decide where they’re going to land and where they’re going to be most successful.
New MEF & ATIS Joint Standard for Ordering Carrier Ethernet Services Worldwide
Dawn Kaplan, MEF Operations Area Co-Director and Solutions Architect – CoE OSS, Ericsson, discusses a specification jointly developed by MEF and ATIS that defines the process for ordering Carrier Ethernet services on a global basis. This standard, Ethernet Ordering Technical Specification: Business Requirements and Use Cases, is an important step toward creating a worldwide ecosystem of automated and interconnected networks that deliver agile, assured, and orchestrated services. This specification supports requirements defined in the LSO Reference Architecture for ordering services over the LSO Sonata interface that relates to inter-provider service orchestration.
ATIS, MEF Develop Global Carrier Ethernet Ordering Pact
ATIS and MEF have joined hands to develop a new global specification for service providers to order wholesale Carrier Ethernet services. MEF’s latest specification supports requirements defined in the LSO Reference Architecture for ordering services over the LSO Sonata interface that relates to interprovider service orchestration. “This is focused on the Sonata interface between the service provider and partner domain so we can streamline and enhance how service providers order those off-net services from other partners to deliver the end-to-end service to their customer,” said Dawn Kaplan, MEF operations area co-director and solutions architect, CoE OSS for Ericsson.
Building a Community of Automated Networks That Deliver On-Demand Services
By Stan Hubbard, Communications & Research Director, MEF - A tremendous amount of collaborative work has been going on to build out a global community of automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks that will support orchestration of on-demand services across multiple providers. MEF is working closely with many of the world’s leading service and technology providers, open source projects, and standards organizations to accelerate the creation of this global ecosystem, which will be enabled by standardized open LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) APIs that are used to orchestrate standardized services.
Nan Chen, President, MEF - Transforming MEF to Standardize SD-WAN and Boost Member Revenue
In this interview, Nan Chen, President, MEF explains the organization's role in providing a global services framework for industry innovation - including an expanding set of services specifications, open APIs, certification programs, and more. MEF's work has expanded beyond Carrier Ethernet to enable agile, assured, and orchestrated "Third Network" services across multiple service providers, globally. New services include standardized and orchestrated SD-WAN services.
By Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF - While much of MEF's effort to date has centered on what it takes to orchestrate Carrier Ethernet, wavelength, and IP services over multiple operators and multiple technology domains, we announced in July 2017 that we have extended our work to standardize and orchestrate SD-WAN managed services as well. In our view, an SD-WAN managed service is a great use case delivering on the Third Network vision.
In many Carrier Ethernet markets, the technology is getting ready to move into a fresh phase. This article includes comments from industry experts at AT&T, BT, Level 3, MEF, PCCW Global, Telekom Austria Group, Verizon, and Vertical Systems Group.
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August 07, 2017
Stéphan Pelletier, MEF Orchestration Area Co-Director and Director of Product Management, Oracle, discusses how LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) APIs will enable end-to-end service orchestration across multiple service provider networks and multiple technology domains. LSO will help overcome the biggest OSS-related obstacles that have impeded delivery of on-demand services across providers. Stéphan explains why Oracle has embraced LSO and is playing a lead role in contributing to LSO development within MEF.
The industry is looking very closely at open source software and open source hardware for a number of reasons, says Dan Pitt, MEF, Senior Vice President. Open source shares the development costs in a way that provides everyone with access to the same code base. MEF builds a larger framework that incorporates components that could be built with open source or closed source software elements, shows how you can create end-to-end services with them, and defines LSO APIs that MEF members can instantiate with open source software. MEF currently is developing Software Development Kits (SDKs) for the LSO APIs.
MEF is expanding from Carrier Ethernet to many new types of services, including SD-WAN managed services. Ralph Santitoro, Distinguished Fellow, MEF, discusses a new white paper from MEF that introduces SD-WAN functions, terminology, and service components; explains how the components fit within the LSO Reference Architecture; and provides SD-WAN managed services use cases. Ralph says that many of MEF’s successful programs related to Carrier Ethernet will be replicated with SD-WAN.
Over the last few years, MEF has been doing three very important things: (1) shifting beyond Ethernet to support other connectivity types and network-based apps; (2) developing Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO); (3) shifting from just implementing technology specs to implementing LSO APIs, reference processes, and other operations enablers. The combination of these three will be very powerful, says Allan Langfield, Executive Director of Product Management at Comcast Business.
Nan Chen, President of MEF, provides an update from MEF’s recent Annual Meeting in Toronto. MEF is enabling service providers to create a global ecosystem of automated networks that deliver agile, assured, and orchestrated services. There are 4 major areas of strategic work: (1) Third Network services (wavelength, Carrier Ethernet, IP, SD-WAN, Layer 4-7 cloud services), (2) LSO Reference Architecture and Open APIs, (3) reference implementations and MEFnet, and (4) certification programs for services, technology, and professionals. These topics and more will be explored at MEF17 (www.MEF17.com) , 13-14 November in Orlando, Florida.
Intent-based networking is an important part of MEF's work on Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO). Intent-based networking makes use of next generation network policy frameworks and will enable top-level business and application developers to express the goals of their organization without having to define algorithmically how those goals are accomplished, says Dr. John Strassner, MEF Orchestration Area Co-Director; CTO, Software Lab, Huawei Technologies.
Daniel Bar-Level, Director, Office of the CTO, MEF provides an overview of MEFnet – a new compute-storage-networking platform that enables development, testing, integration, and showcasing of Third Network service reference implementations based on open source and commercial closed source products. MEF members currently are working on three 3 reference implementation projects on MEFnet: (1) orchestration of Carrier Ethernet and IP services across 3 service providers using open LSO APIs; (2) an ONAP-to-ONAP use case involving LSO-enabled automation of inter-carrier processes like serviceability and ordering; and (3) a project focused on enabling SD-WAN managed service providers to extend their service reach in an automated way to locations served by broadband access partners.
Verizon is rapidly expanding its portfolio of virtual services, including SD-WAN. Interoperability is increasingly important as these are rolled out across the globe, and MEF's work on SD-WAN standards will be important for industry progress. The ability to link SD-WAN into other services is critical, says Shawn Hakl, VP, Product and New Business Innovation, Verizon; newly elected to the MEF Board of Directors.
MEF Aims to Define the Future of Lifecycle Service Orchestration - Part 1
By Bartosz Michalik, Amartus - MEF is an industry body that, besides other activities, defines the LSO capabilities and APIs to automate the entire service lifecycle in a sustainable fashion. This activity will allow service providers to attain coordinated management and control across all network domains responsible for delivering end to end connectivity services. In order to enable that coordinated management and ensure efficient communication within networks, MEF has defined the reference architecture.
SD-WAN has become a hot area of adoption and industry focus in recent months. As it has heated up, more service providers have jumped into the fray to offer SD-WAN as a managed service. But while it’s clear that businesses and carriers want to be part of the SD-WAN movement, what exactly constitutes SD-WAN is rather muddy. And the tools for enabling SD-WAN vendors’ orchestrators to easily interface with carriers’ billing and operational support systems are lacking. So the MEF (News - Alert) has stepped in to help define SD-WAN and its use cases, and to deliver application programming interfaces that can be used to connect SD-WAN orchestrators to carriers’ modernized BSSs and OSSs (which the MEF refers to as Lifecycle Service Orchestration systems).
MEF is wading into the SD-WAN arena, saying it will standardize the managed services that network operators deliver, by developing open APIs, along with common terminology and components. This effort builds on MEF's Lifecycle Service Orchestration effort and is intended to enable automated operations of large-scale software-defined WAN deployments, including interoperability among vendors and service providers. The MEF action involves many of the SD-WAN vendor players and comes as SD-WAN is gaining steam and growing in importance to network operators as service businesses want to ensure cost-effective and secure connections to cloud applications from a multitude of sites.
MEF has announced today that it’s extending its current work to standardize SD-WAN managed services. It expects to define SD-WAN service terminology, components, and implementations according to its existing LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) Reference Architecture and Framework.
MEF the organisation that’s leading the industry in defining SD-WAN terminology
SD WAN is being moved out of the enterprises to be managed by the service providers
Forum agrees the first six major SD-WAN managed services use cases
MEF SD-WAN Open APIs Initiative Aims to Bridge Carrier OSS/ BSS with SD-WAN Equipment
Service provider SD-WAN offerings could get a boost from two new MEF SD-WAN initiatives, MEF representatives told Telecompetitor this week. Those initiatives, announced today, include a white paper defining service provider SD-WAN terminology, as well as a new standards effort aimed at defining open SD-WAN open APIs (application programming interfaces) between carrier operations support systems/ business support systems (OSS/ BSSs) and SD-WAN equipment.
Spotlight Q&A – MEF Perspectives On CALA Service Market Trends
Kevin Vachon, COO, MEF and Andres Madero, Mexico & Central America Marketing Co-Chair, MEF and Director, Service Provider Architecture & Business Development, Infinera join TNN to discuss service market trends in the Caribbean and Latin America region. Both of them recently participated in a MEF seminar in Mexico City on Dynamic Third Network Services for the Digital Economy and Hyper-Connected World attended by service provider and technology professionals based in CALA.
Nan Chen, President, MEF - Building a Global Ecosystem Supporting Third Network Services With LSO
The communications industry is in the midst of a paradigm shift to agile, assured, and orchestrated services that are optimized for the digital economy and the hyper-connected world. These new “Third Network” services provide an on-demand experience with user-directed control over service capabilities. They are enabled over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks that build upon a CE 2.0 foundation and are powered by LSO, SDN, and NFV.
The most exciting development to witness right now is the tremendous collaborative work taking place to build out a worldwide ecosystem of connected networks that will support orchestration of these dynamic services across multiple provider networks.
Dan Pitt, SVP, MEF - Making The Third Network Vision A Practical Reality
Dan Pitt, SVP, MEF provides an overview of MEF's Third Network vision to accelerate the industry transition from static Carrier Ethernet services to agile, assured, and orchestrated services that are delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN, NFV, and CE. LSO deals with end-to-end orchestration of services across multiple network providers and across multiple technology domains within network providers. Dan covers cloud native, network automation, zero touch, SD-WAN, and other hot topics.
Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF - Unavoidable Industry Transformation & MEF's Role
Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF discusses macro-level trends that are reshaping the communications landscape. The service provider industry is undergoing an indisputable transformation from static services and manual processes towards a "cloud native" approach in which on-demand services will be delivered over automated and virtualized networks (emulating what the OTT cloud companies have done with hyper-scale data centers, machine operations, etc.). CSPs realize they face a threat of commodization with connectivity services, and they need to be much more efficient and agile in rolling out new services. It is all about "automation." Building upon a strong Carrier Ethernet heritage, MEF is doing its part to accelerate this tranformation and realize the organization's Third Network vision. MEF is focused on enabling a full range of orchestrated Layer 1 -3 connectivity services as well as orchestrated virtualized services enabled by LSO, SDN, and NFV.
MEF Unveils 'Third Network' Professional Certification Framework, Focuses On Service Orchestration
MEF has introduced its Third Network Professional Certification Framework with an aim of equipping sales and marketing professionals with the skills required to support SDN and NFV-based on-demand services.
MEF is expanding its certification process to encompass virtualization and the underlying skills for make communications service providers more agile and able to compete in an increasingly software-driven, IT-centric world. (See MEF Expands Certification to LSO, Virtualization.) The new Third Network Professional Certification Framework uses MEF's terminology for the future services landscape -- Third Network is its term for network-as-a-service capabilities that are built on but go beyond Carrier Ethernet 2.0. But MEF executives say their certification program is built on extensive input from many other industry organizations and is intended to serve a broader base of participants.
Dan Pitt & Pascal Menezes, MEF - Demonstrating LSO Analytics Using PNDA
Dan Pitt, SVP, MEF & Pascal Menezes, CTO MEF discuss MEF's plans to demonstrate a reference implementation of LSO (Lifecycle Services Orchestration) analytics using Platform for Network Data Analytics (PNDA), a Linux Foundation project. MEF is working within its OpenLSO Analytics initiative to demonstrate both open source and closed source versions of MEF members’ LSO products integrated with PNDA. This reference implementation illustrates how big data analytics (BDA) can be used within the MEF LSO Framework to intelligently automate configuration and allocation of network resources in real-time and proactively deliver service assurance for demanding applications in complex networking environments.
MEF, PNDA Roll Out Initiative Focusing on LSO Analytics
MEF has developed a reference implementation of lifecycle services orchestration (LSO) Analytics using Platform for Network Data Analytics (PNDA). Many service providers that operate disparate networks find SDN and NFV attractive because virtualizing should enable them to manage their multiple networks as if they were a single unified system. That requires some overarching management system – an orchestrator. And if the orchestrator is to function effectively, it requires a constant flow of network operations data, along with analytics tools to make use of that data.
Didier Duriez, Orange - SDN & NFV Opportunities and LSO Standards Collaboration
Didier Duriez, SVP of Global Services and Solutions at Orange Business Services, talks to Ray Le Maistre, editor-in-chief at Light Reading, about the opportunities created by SDN, NFV, and and the work it's doing with AT&T and its ECOMP solution, which is now merged with OPEN-O and called ONAP. Didier notes that a standards approach for Lifecycle Services Orchestration (LSO) is needed for service provisioning and end-to-end visibility with service level agreements (SLAs.) Orange, AT&T, Colt, PCCW Global and others are working within MEF to standardize inter-provider LSO APIs that use the MEF LSO Reference Architecture and the TM Forum Open API framework.
Nan Chen, President, MEF - Standardizing Inter-Provider LSO APIs For Orchestrated Services
Nan Chen, President, MEF discusses how major service providers are working with MEF and TM Forum to release the first set of standardized LSO APIs for orchestrated Carrier Ethernet services later this year. This initiative uses MEF’s LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) framework and TM Forum’s Open API framework to enable SDN architectures from different network service providers to interoperate with each other.
Vertical Systems Group Publishes 2016 Global Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARD
BOSTON, MA, March 2, 2017 – Vertical Systems Group’s year-end 2016 Global Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARD results are as follows (in rank order based on retail port share): Orange Business Services (France), Colt (U.K.), AT&T (U.S.), BT Global Services (U.K.), Level 3 (U.S.), Verizon (U.S.) and NTT (Japan). The Global Provider LEADERBOARD, the industry’s benchmark for multinational Ethernet network market presence, ranks companies that hold a 4% or higher share of billable retail ports at sites outside of their respective home countries.
The three leading Global Providers – Orange, Colt and AT&T – are working with MEF and TM Forum on developing the first standardized inter-provider LSO APIs for orchestrated Carrier Ethernet services over SDN architectures. These efforts are a significant advancement toward standardizing dynamic service connectivity between network providers throughout the world.
In a major industry collaboration effort, MEF and TM Forum are combining forces with ten major service providers from around the globe to define the application programming interfaces that will enable Carrier Ethernet services to be orchestrated across multiple carrier networks, ultimately in an automated fashion that will drive business service revenue. (See MEF, TM Forum, Carriers Collaborate on APIs.)
The APIs will be incorporated into MEF's Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) framework, and draw on the Open API framework of the TM Forum, but also are built on pioneering work done by AT&T, Colt and Orange to accelerate adoption of software-defined networking by creating inter-carrier APIs.
AT&T, Orange, Colt, MEF and TM Forum Pave the Way Toward Worldwide Ecosystem of Connected Service Provider Networks
BARCELONA, Feb. 28, 2017 – AT&T*, Orange, and Colt Technology Services are working with MEF and TM Forum to release the first set of standard application programming interfaces (APIs) for orchestrated Carrier Ethernet services later this year. This initiative uses MEF’s LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) framework and TM Forum’s Open API framewor
AT&T, Orange, and Colt have been working to accelerate adoption of SDN across the industry. AT&T has been collaborating with the enterprise arm of Orange, Orange Business Services, on standardized APIs that will enable SDN architectures from different network service providers to interoperate with each other. AT&T and Colt held the first successful SDN interoperability trial proving that SDN architectures from different network service providers can interoperate with each other across continents.
After a successful proof of concept, the companies are leading the charge, along with MEF and TM Forum, to accelerate efforts to develop a set of standardized APIs for industry-wide use.
Service providers will be able to use standardized APIs to work with each other’s SDN architectures in near-real time. The projected release of the first round of APIs is at the end of 2017. This is a key step toward enabling orchestrated on-demand services over more automated and interconnected networks.
Traditionally, each service provider uses different systems and interfaces to manage different aspects of its networks. This creates friction and inefficiency when providing an end-to-end service. Our world is becoming increasingly connected. A “smart” network is critical to deliver services to customers across many networks.
“The more companies that are using a standard, the more powerful and beneficial it becomes for everybody,” says Roger Entner, founder of Recon Analytics Inc. “As momentum builds, more and more operators, vendors and other partners will find it advantageous to join in or they will be faced with the danger of falling behind their competitors.”
“Our research shows that the number one issue impeding the delivery of on-demand services is the need for a standardized approach to orchestrating services across multiple provider networks,” said Rosemary Cochran, Principal, Vertical Systems Group. “This initiative led by industry leaders to collaboratively standardize on APIs for Ethernet services is an essential step toward tackling this challenge.”
The API standardization effort for orchestrated connectivity services is being conducted within MEF in partnership with TM Forum, and is open to both MEF and TM Forum members. This project revolves around the LSO Sonata reference point that deals with the management, operational, and business interactions between service providers. The API standardization project will build upon TM Forum Open API standards work involving nine of the world’s largest service providers.
There are plans to standardize 8 API definitions. This builds on the industry-agreed Open APIs developed by TM Forum members. The first 3 APIs below will be defined in the first round of the project this year.
These APIs will help reduce the burden of fragmented networks, giving businesses the power to provision scalable, flexible network services on-demand through software platforms like ECOMP. ECOMP is now open-sourced through the Linux Foundation and will be used as a reference implementation for LSO APIs.These connected networks will save costs and be more agile, helping businesses streamline their operations.
A federation of like-minded, involved companies will come together using these common APIs to help the industry usher in the next era of SDN-based Ethernet globally. Companies interested in joining this initiative can visit the MEF website for more information and learn more about TM Forum’s Open API framework here.
February 10, 2017
Advancing Third Network Connectivity & Cloud Services Powered by LSO, SDN, NFV & CE 2.0
Los Angeles, 10 February 2017 – MEF (www.MEF.net), the driving force enabling agile, assured, and orchestrated Third Network services, is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the MEF17 (www.MEF17.com) global networking event, 13-16 November 2017, at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort in Orlando, Florida USA. With a target audience of 1,000+ attendees from 275+ companies and 35+ countries, MEF17 is the world’s premier networking opportunity for executives and other senior service and technology professionals who want to keep on top of the latest innovations that are reshaping the communications landscape.
MEF17 Focus MEF17 is focused on advancing the transition to Third Network connectivity and cloud services for the digital economy and the hyper-connected world. These emerging services provide an on-demand experience with user-directed control over service capabilities and cloud connectivity. Third Network services are delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), SDN (software defined networking), NFV (network functions virtualization), and CE 2.0 (Carrier Ethernet 2.0).
“Many leading service providers, technology vendors, open source projects, and standards organizations are working closely with MEF to accelerate the transition to the Third Network,” said Kevin Vachon, Chief Operating Officer, MEF. “We enjoyed tremendous support for last year’s event from 120 sponsor and partner companies – including 26 service providers – along with 120 expert speakers. We will build upon this momentum for MEF17, and look forward to creating another world-class conference that will attract the best and brightest innovators dedicated to moving our industry forward.”
Key Benefits of Attending: Content + Networking + Live Innovation Demonstrations MEF’s global networking events have developed a reputation for uniquely empowering industry stakeholders with high-quality program content, extraordinary peer-to-peer networking opportunities, and live demonstrations of cutting-edge services and technologies. The events consistently have ranked among the highest in the industry, with 99% of surveyed attendees rating last year’s MEF16 conference as excellent, very good, or good.
MEF17 Program & Activities MEF17 program and special activities are designed to appeal to executives and other senior experts from communication and cloud service providers; enterprises; government organizations; network technology suppliers; industry standards and open source organizations; analyst firms; the press; and others.
Key planned elements of MEF17 include:
3 ½ Day Program
Proof of Concept Service & Technology Showcase
MEF Awards Party
Global Media Hub
Onsite MEF Training & Certification
UNITE Partner Activities - including open source projects and standards organizations
More information will be available on the MEF17 website (MEF17.com) in the coming weeks. See information on the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort here.
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About MEF MEF is the driving force enabling Third Network services for the digital economy and the hyper-connected world. The Third Network concept combines the agility and ubiquity of the Internet with the assurance and security of CE 2.0. Third Network services provide an on-demand, orchestrated, and assured experience with user-directed control over service capabilities and cloud connectivity. Third Network services are delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN, NFV, and CE 2.0.
MEF leverages its global 210+ network operator and technology vendor community, builds upon the robust $80 billion Carrier Ethernet services and technology market, and provides a practical evolution to the Third Network with LSO, SDN, and NFV implementations that build upon a CE 2.0 foundation. See www.MEF.net for more information.
Media Contact: Stan Hubbard Director of Communications & Research, MEF stan@MEF.net
Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF provides an update on key MEF initiatives to enable orchestrated Third Network services over automated networks. He notes that MEF is seeing “huge demand” to develop “East-West” APIs for orchestration across multiple providers. MEF also is working on “North-South” APIs to orchestrate services over multiple technology domains within a single operator. Stay tuned for news in the coming months about MEF’s expanded certification programs centered on orchestrated services and open APIs.
LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) is emerging as an important component of the new software platform that communication service providers (CSPs) will depend on as they revamp their businesses to innovate and scale, while taking on new challenges such as over-the-top (OTT) providers. The SDxCentral Industry Report on LSO examines how next-gen OSS will evolve, as well as how LSO binds together legacy OSS/BSS with newer SDN and NFV software, and telecom hardware infrastructure.
The Next-Gen OSS and the Rise of LSO Report, which launched today, includes an aggregated view of industry research, our own survey data, and feedback from the SDxCentral community, conducted by the SDxCentral Research Team. It includes an analysis of key CSP trends, key requirements in next-gen OSS and the evolution of the MEF Forum’s LSO over the last few years. It also includes a listing of the top next-gen OSS and LSO products in the marketplace, along with key differentiators and features
The Next-Gen OSS and the Rise of LSO Report, which launched today, includes an aggregated view of industry research, our own survey data, and feedback from the SDxCentral community, conducted by the SDxCentral Research Team. It includes an analysis of key CSP trends, key requirements in next-gen OSS and the evolution of the MEF Forum’s LSO over the last few years. It also includes a listing of the top next-gen OSS and LSO products in the marketplace, along with key differentiators and features.
TelecomTV/MEF16: Nan Chen, President, MEF – New Orchestrated Services, LSO APIs, Collaboration, Certification & More
TelecomTV at MEF16 - Nan Chen, President, MEF; Vice-Chairman, CENX discusses four major areas of MEF work that will enable agile, assured, and orchestrated Third Network services for the digital economy and the hyper-connected world. This includes (1) orchestrated connectivity and NFV-based services, (2) the LSO (Lifecycle Services Orchestration) architecture with standardized open APIs, (3) open initiatives involving collaboration with other industry organizations, and (4) the evolution of certification programs for services, equipment, and professionals. Nan highlights that the organization’s most important work currently is focused on enabling end-to-end orchestrated services across multiple technology domains and multiple service providers globally and seamlessly. Development and deployment of Third Network services powered by LSO, SDN, and NFV will require broad industry collaboration. Along these lines, MEF has co-authored a groundbreaking new Third Network services white paper with ON.Lab, ONOS, OPEN-O, OpenDaylight (ODL), the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV), and TM Forum.
MEF has named SDN pioneer Dan Pitt as its new senior vice president, reflecting the organization’s efforts to provide guidance on implementing software elements into broader parts of the telecom and enterprise network. Pitt comes to the MEF from the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) where he most recently served as that organization’s executive director.
TelecomTV/MEF16: Michael Strople, Chairman, MEF - Industry Is Embracing Agile, Assured, Orchestrated Third Network Services
TelecomTV at MEF16 – Michael Strople, Chairman, MEF; President, Zayo Managed Services & Managing Director, Canada, Zayo discusses the MEF’s role in driving industry transformation with agile, assured, and orchestrated services. Mike notes that MEF is a member-driven organization, and the Third Network vision has been developed based on the needs of members that include 210+ service provider and technology vendor companies. Mike highlights the importance of LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) open API work, open networking, and industry collaboration. What makes MEF a key player in driving innovation? Mike explains, “MEF is much more than a standards group. People ask me if MEF is a standards body. We issue specifications. That’s true. That’s an important part of what we do. But we do so much more than that. I like to say that MEF is a collaboration platform, and MEF is where ideas get traction.”
TelecomTV at MEF16: Josh Goodell, VP, AT&T Network On Demand - Over the past year, AT&T has expanded its Network On Demand portfolio beyond Switched Ethernet to included Managed Internet and NFV-based FlexWare services with the goal of giving customers greater agility, flexibility, and control. Since its launch in 2015, more than 2,000 businesses have signed up for AT&T Network on Demand solutions, including more than 1,300 for Switched Ethernet with on-demand capabilities. AT&T has rearchitected its entire core network -- leveraging SDN and orchestration technologies -- to meet the demands of video traffic and is now utilizing that network to deliver differentiated services. Switched Ethernet and Managed Internet services are core services going out to the network edge, while FlexWare is an edge service.
...Josh explained FlexWare: "What we're doing is taking the traditional approach of proprietary boxes out on the edge of the network and really turning that model on its head. And so what we have now is a model where customers will have a single device on the edge that can run multiple functions on that device - whether it be routing, WAN acceleration, security -- and they can dynamically choose what functions they want." SD-WAN is tied into the FlexWare service.
Josh elaborated on AT&T's SDN interoperability trial with Colt Technology Services and the importance of MEF LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) work. "One of the elements of MEF that is really is interesting is their concept of LSO. One of the core tenants is helping us expand the value of SDN and NFV not just within one carrier space but across carriers. And the work with Colt is a great example of how we are expanding the value proposition of an SDN network - that SDN core that I talked about earlier -- really across the world. And with this Proof of Concept, we demonstrated that it's possible to have endpoints in the United States and endpoints in the UK all federated with one network connection. And that's very unique. So, we're excited to not just be talking about this stuff. We're actually out there making it happen."
Josh summarized AT&T's journey in 3 phases: (1) rethink how AT&T delivers network services over a rearchitected core network, (2) deliver new agility, flexibility, and control value to customers with Network on Demand, and (3) drive the industry forward by expanding upon these new approaches and principles. "We think there's value not just for us, but for the industry. I think MEF is a conduit. They're a catalyst for that. One of the reasons we're so excited is that we see complete alignment with what we're trying to do and what MEF is trying to do, and we'll work closely together on this." | 7:31 minutes.
December 29, 2016
TelecomTV at MEF16 – Panel interview with senior MEF representatives: (1) Shahar Steiff, VP, New Technology, PCCW Global; Director, MEF; Technical & Operations Committee Co-Chair, MEF; (2) Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF; and (3) Raghu Ranganathan, Principal & Distinguished Engineer, Office of CTO, Ciena; MEF Distinguished Fellow; Director, MEF; Technical & Operations Committee Co-Chair, MEF. Pascal explains that MEF's concept of open networking centers on LSO open APIs (North-South and East-West) that can be used with either open source or closed source solutions. Shahar emphasizes the importance of using Open APIs to automate service lifecycle processes within and between service providers, leading to increased efficiency. Raghu notes that service providers can introduce greater agility in operating their networks by creating an abstract view of their networks that allows them to use open APIs to program the network.
... Raghu elaborates, "If you generally ask the question of open networking, it's not just about open hardware, but it is also about open software working together via these APIs. That is the most critical puzzle you need to solve." In addition to increased operational efficiency, open networking will allow service providers to transition from a hardware-centric view to a software-centric view, where services can be created in software in almost real-time as the customer demands. This requires a cultural change on the part of service providers and will enable customers to have much greater control over service capabilities. As Pascal explains, MEF has introduced a number of open initiatives, including OpenLSO and OpenCS (Open Connectivity Services) reference implementations, to help accelerate LSO development and deployment. Shahar summarizes MEF's approach as (1) standardizing service definitions, (2) standardizing operational processes, (3) standardizing orchestration, and (4) creating the open initiative reference implementations that provide feedback to accelerate LSO development. Shahar notes, "MEF is probably the only organization in the industry that handles all four together." | 17:33 Minutes
TelecomTV/MEF16 – Marc Halbfinger, CEO, PCCW Global – Need Commercial Interfaces For Dynamic Services Orchestrated Across Multiple Providers
TelecomTV at MEF16 – Marc Halbfinger, CEO, PCCW Global discusses why his company has been among the first to embrace SDN, NFV, and LSO and has played a leading role in MEF to help drive LSO development and adoption. PCCW Global is especially interested in creating LSO-related commercial interfaces to handle the new generation of dynamic Third Network services that are orchestrated across multiple providers. “Now we are headed to a bandwidth-on-demand, dynamic environment where the commercial parameters are no longer two-dimension. They are three-dimensional and perhaps even more. We have to be able to create wholesale infrastructures for commercial settlement between carriers for bandwidth, for bandwidth variations by destinations, by applications, by services. We’ll be looking at network flows and other various activities. We’ll be looking to see what are the new units of currency that transpire wholesale between and among networks to support end-users.” Marc challenges the industry: “It is time, first and foremost, that physical networks assure that on-demand, software-based infrastructure can be transacted on a wholesale basis in order to give customers the breadth of every global network that may exist. And secondly, that the physical ecosystems also learn how to sensibly interconnect commercially with the cloud players to give the customer a singular experience.” Marc elaborates, “If we are able to wholesale commercial settlements, it will open up network infrastructure to end users far more aggressively and will incent, perhaps, the advent of greater applications than can be developed over common networks.”
TelecomTV/MEF16 – Patrick Ostiguy, President & CEO, Accedian – Performance Assurance Is Critical With On-Demand, Virtualized Services
TelecomTV at MEF16 – Patrick Ostiguy, President & CEO, Accedian Networks – Service providers are looking to maintain and improve service performance as a means to differentiate their offerings in an environment characterized by commoditization. Performance assurance becomes even more critical – and more difficult – with the emergence of on-demand and virtualized services powered by LSO, SDN, and NFV. Cloudification also increases the need for performance assurance as more enterprises are putting their eggs into the cloud basket. “Having a sluggish Internet connection or private line connection is basically a matter of having the whole day off at the office. You might as well go back home, fundamentally. You know it’s not like what it used to be.”
MEF is spearheading the shift by expanding work beyond CE 2.0 services to include development of new orchestrated Layer 1-3 connectivity services (e.g., wavelength, CE, and IP) and orchestrated Layer 4-7 cloud services (e.g., NFV-based virtual security, etc.). These new services have true game-changing potential for innovation, competition, and revenue generation. Read More
December 14, 2016
TelecomTV/MEF16: Chris Purdy, CTO, CENX – Assuring Services Across Combined Physical and Virtual Networks As Well As Multiple Providers
TelecomTV at MEF16 – Chris Purdy, CTO, CENX discusses the challenge of assuring services across combined physical and virtual networks within a single provider and assuring services that are orchestrated across multiple providers. Chris notes that essentially every major service provider is moving in the direction of implementing NFV in their network in order to have virtualized implementations of what traditionally would have been purpose–built hardware. While a lot of industry attention has focused on creating virtual machines and spinning up virtual network functions (VNFs), up to now not nearly as much energy has gone into assuring virtual network services once they are turned up. Chris notes that MEF’s work promoting development of East-West LSO APIs is critically important for orchestrating and assuring services among service providers on a global scale. As for CENX itself, the company’s service assurance solution involves taking in real-time data from the network, mapping that against the topology of network domains, and then feeding information back into the orchestration and fulfillment systems to effect network changes within that controlled loop
TelecomTV/MEF16 – LSO Hackathon Roundtable With AT&T, Cisco, and Ericsson Experts
TelecomTV at MEF16 – Andy Mayer (Principal Member of Technical Staff, Domain 2.0, AT&T and editor of the MEF 55 LSO Reference Architecture), Dawn Kaplan (Solutions Architect, CoE OSS Architect, Ericsson; Co-Director, Operations Area, MEF) and Donald Hunter (Principal Engineer in CTO Office, Cisco) provide an overview of the MEF’s 3rd LSO Hackathon and explain the importance of the Hackathon work in accelerating the development of Lifecycle Service Orchestration standards and seeing them delivered in open source projects. A key goal of the LSO Hackathon is to test out early implementations of developing LSO specifications and to provide feedback to the standardization process about what does and does not work before standards are finalized. This is key part of MEF’s more agile specification development process that has been implemented over the past year. This MEF16 Hackathon included development activity related to East-West APIs supporting interoperable services between operators. Two specific Hackathon projects included serviceability and ordering.
TelecomTV/MEF16: Joe Cumello, Ciena – Combining LSO, SDN & NFV To Drive Business Transformation
TelecomTV at MEF – Joe Cumello, VP of Portfolio Marketing, Ciena offers advice for customers on the best way to go about combining LSO, SDN & NFV to drive business transformation. Joe addresses the importance of LSO, the open networking phenomenon being driven by service providers, and the paradigm shift from 100G/200G to 400G optical networking. Joe highlights that customers are asking not just for greater capacity, greater density, lower power, and lower cost per bit but they are also looking to gather greater intelligence from their optical networks to help them make automation choices. Capacity + automation and intelligence will be the currency in the network going forward.
TelecomTV at MEF16 – Eric Leser, Principal Engineer, OSS & PM Test Applications, Charter Communications and Chris Cullan, Director of Product Marketing, Business Services Solutions, InfoVista discuss MEF’s recently published set of white papers on Carrier Ethernet Service Assurance. Eric states, “I think it is absolutely critical now to have that information, more than any other time. It is business critical. We cannot survive without having that information readily available – not only internally, but being able to provide that information back to a customer. Here’s how your service is performing. It’s now just a nice-to-have. It is now something that we’re mandated to provide to a customer.”
LRTV: Stan Hubbard, MEF - 'De-Fragment' The Network & Automate The Service Lifecycle With LSO
Interview with Stan Hubbard, Director of Communications & Research, MEF - Cable players want to leverage their growing Carrier Ethernet service base to deliver more dynamic services for businesses, but they will need LSO (Lifecycle Services Orchestration) to enable automation of the full services lifecycle, including provisioning, performance monitoring, analytics, etc. A key first step is an internal inventory of resources – essentially an de-fragmentation process.
TelecomTV/MEF16: Allan Langfield, Comcast – Journey To Interoperable On-Demand Services Powered By LSO, SDN & NFV
TelecomTV at MEF16 – Allan Langfield, Exec. Director, Product Development, Comcast Business; Board Director; MEF; Operations Area Co-Director, MEF – MEF’s work on CE 2.0 (Carrier Ethernet 2.0) is a lynchpin for effectively doing on-demand services managed services that ultimately will transit multiple provider networks. Allan notes, “We need those services specifications. We need those operational constructs that are going to support this entire new ecosystem of services that customers are starting to ask for.” Carriers are coming to the MEF and asking the organization to help them orchestrate services (with LSO) not just over their own networks but carrier-to-carrier-to-customer in a way that is very consistent, very reliable, and on-demand.
MEF16 Keynote – Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF discusses major work to enable Third Network services for the digital economy. This includes (1) development of orchestrated connectivity (wavelengths, CE 2.0, IP) & NFV-based services (security and other), (2) development of the LSO (Lifecycle Services Orchestration) architecture and standardized open APIs, (3) open initiatives with OpenLSO and OpenCS (Open Connectivity Services) reference implementations, and (4) the evolution of certification programs for services, equipment, and professionals. Pascal is leading MEF’s effort to be a more agile development organization that collaborates closely with open source projects and other industry organizations. He also spearheaded the creation of a new white paper that MEF has co-authored with ON.Lab, ONOS, OPEN-O, OpenDaylight (ODL), the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV), and TM Forum.
Telecom TV/MEF16: Travis Ewert, SVP, Level 3 – Evolving From On-Demand Services To Customer-Defined Networking
TelecomTV at MEF16 - Travis Ewert, Senior VP, Global Network Software Development, Level 3 Communications explains how customer usage of on-demand services has evolved since the company first began offering dynamic capabilities several years ago. What started as a single pain of glass – or one-stop shop user interface – for the customer has evolved to become more of a customer defined network with the introduction of programmability. Programmability, for example, allows a customer to schedule service changes or tie changes to analytics. “They can actually pick a segment of their network and say when utilization does this, do this for me.” These new capabilities have been well-received by customers and changed the dynamic of the customer relationship. The ultimate goal is to provide a feedback loop into SDN, orchestration, and control to “allow the network to make a change on your behalf based on how you define your experience.” Looking at the industry more broadly, Travis advocates that MEF will need to work not only only on East-West APIs for control of orchestrated services across multiple operators, but also the exchange of data analytics and intelligence over consumable APIs.
TelecomTV/MEF16: Eric Cevis, President, Verizon Partner Solutions – Standards Collaboration Is Key For Industry Progress
TelecomTV at MEF16 – Eric Cevis, President, Verizon Partner Solutions discusses what the industry must do to address customer needs in the era of hyper-connectivity. Eric emphasizes the importance of collaboration and MEF work on developing standards that support interoperable services that are orchestrated over more automated and interconnected networks. Verizon strongly supports MEF’s Lifecycle Services Orchestration initiative. Verizon is investing in software tools to enable greater self-service capabilities and in the buildout of its fiber network to take the benefits of next-generation solutions to more customers.
MEF16 – Marc Halbfinger, CEO, PCCW Global sits down for an interview with Nan Chen, President, MEF - Marc shares that service providers are being driven to think differently about how they deliver solutions to address changing customer requirements in the cloud era. He notes that PCCW Global has supported the work of MEF because of the coalition of players the organization has brought together to focus on driving the thought processes around service and technology innovation. It is particularly important that we have strong industry collaboration as we shift from hardware-centric thought processes to a software-centric approach. Marc notes that MEF’s Third Network vision is critical to moving the industry forward.
What do we need to do next? Marc challenges industry players to consider the implications of the shift to software-based applications or feature sets that can be rapidly introduced. MEF’s LSO Reference Architecture deals with how different networking environments meet between the physical layer and the software layer. LSO technical standards need to developed more aggressively with commercial (profit/loss) thought processes in the mix. The key is to collaborate across a technical standard that facilitates collaborative commercial thought from a domestic ecosystem to an international ecosystem. Marc also emphasized that it is very important to prioritize a collaborative approach to network security. | 20:38 minutes
MEF16 Keynote by Josh Goodell, Vice President, AT&T Network On Demand – In this keynote, Josh provides a progress report on AT&T’s network transformation and new innovative services that are enabled by service orchestration (LSO), SDN, and NFV. AT&T has seen about a 50% reduction in network provisioning time across the board (inclusive of the time it takes to build fiber to customer sites). Once a customer has a connection, AT&T is able to provide changes to its on-demand services within seconds. Josh shares how the company's on-demand services (Switched Ethernet, Dedicated Internet, NFV-based Flexware) and new SD-WAN offering are providing increased agility and flexibility for customers.
MEF16 Address by Nan Chen, President, MEF; Vice-Chairman, CENX - Two years ago, MEF launched its vision to enable Third Network services optimized for the digital economy and the hyper-connected world. Warmly received by many top service and technology leaders across the globe, the Third Network concept combines the agility and ubiquity of the Internet with the performance and security assurances of CE 2.0. Third Network services provide an on-demand/agile, assured, and orchestrated experience with user-directed control over service capabilities & cloud connectivity. These services are delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN, NFV, and CE 2.0. This keynote will provide a progress report on major initiatives – including collaboration with numerous open source projects and industry standards organizations – that are turning the Third Network vision into reality.
MEF16 Keynote by Chad Haggerty, Senior Director of OSS Systems, Comcast – The digital customer and software-based network technologies require transformative changes to business processes and ecosystems. SDN, NFV, and cloud-based networks enable dynamic, real-time customer-controlled services. Digital customer growth is driving the customer experience deeper into the connected ecosystem. The customer, in effect, is becoming more and more involved in business processes of service providers. Back office systems are being called upon to manage and dynamically control more of the network and to drive more business efficiency and automation in order to handle the scale, increased complexity, and on-demand capabilities. Going forward, back office systems will have more direct customer interactions with a digital economy. A key takeaway quote – “Say goodbye to time” as the expectations of the on-demand customer come into the mix. Providers no longer have the luxury of a long cycle time to update inventories or fix anything that might go wrong.
By Rosemary Cochran, Principal & Co-Founder, Vertical Systems Group - My takeaways from MEF16 can be summed up with three words – energy, urgency and collaboration. High energy was palpable throughout the four-day event, generated by attendees who represented more than 250 organizations from 30+ countries. Conference speakers and participants were energized by an urgency to accelerate delivery of the dynamic connectivity experiences demanded throughout our increasingly hyper-connected world. Ultimately, the consensus was that industry collaboration is no longer a question of “if” – but “how and when”.
MEF16: Charles Eckel, Cisco DevNet - MEF16 LSO Hackathon Puts Specs Into Code
Charles Eckel, Developer Evangelist, Cisco DevNet provides an overview of the MEF16 LSO Hackathon that is taking MEF's specification work and putting it to code. The exercise carries out implementations of the specs to validate that they work.
MEF16: Greg Spear, Accedian - Joint Proof of Concept Demonstration With CenturyLink On Performance Monitoring
Greg Spear, Solution Manager, Accedian Networks describes his company's joint Proof-of-Concept demonstration with CenturyLink focused on ensuring customer quality of experience for advanced network services. The PoC demo conducted at MEF16 focused on test & turn-up as well as performance monitoring at Layer 2 and Layer 3. The PoC is built on the principles in the MEF 33 specification.
MEF16: Ralph Santitoro, Fujitsu - LSO Is Becoming Real
Ralph Santitoro, Head of SDN/NFV Solutions Practice, Fujitsu Network Communications and MEF Distinguished Fellow - discusses how LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) is becoming real. there is a lot of complexity with SDN and LSO. This requires the integration of many types of products and VNFs. The need for open environments adds to this integration challenge.
MEF16: Drew Flechsig, CenturyLink - End-To-End Service Assurance
Drew Flechsig, Director Network Policy, Traffic and Security, CenturyLink talks about service assurance and the customer experience at CenturyLink, including a proof-of-concept conducted at MEF16 in Baltimore with Accedian Networks for a performance monitoring overlay solution
Nan Chen: MEF is uniting industry efforts to enable agile, assured, and orchestrated connectivity and NFV-based services across multiple service provider networks. New Third Network services provide an on-demand experience with user-directed control over service capabilities and cloud connectivity.
Service providers worldwide want to offer these services over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks...Read More
November 11, 2016
Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF - We'll Be Scrappy & Agile
MEF is working hard to reinvent itself, intending to move well beyond Carrier Ethernet to become the forum that enables end-to-end service orchestration across multiple carrier networks in the virtualization era. The man driving this change, CTO Pascal Menezes, says MEF will become "very scrappy and very agile" and bring on board its own code development resources as well. (See MEF Redefining Its Role.)
Michael Kearns, VP, Fixed Network Single OSS, Huawei discusses how networking priorities and roadmaps will evolve to support digital services. He notes that orchestration must be able texploit network virtualization and provide agility to operators, and a key to doing this is having an open networking environment. The increasing adoption of open networking, coupled with OSS integration, are underscoring a series of changing customer requirements within the service provider business. But as carriers’ businesses undergo a new stage of transformation, enabled by technologies such as SDN, NFV and LSO, plenty of challenges still need to be addressed. For example, the move from early stage proofs of concepts to wider and more large-scale deployments could impact service levels. There also needs to be more work to align open source initiatives with open standards. The MEF continues to play a significant and leading role in this evolution process.