Aamir Hussain, CenturyLink – The Critical Role of MEF 3.0 In Service Automation
Aamir Hussain, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at CenturyLink, discusses the massive transformation the communications industry is going through. "Customers are learning from an Amazon-like buying experience and a Netflix-like watching experience," and they want simplicity and agility. Up to now, service providers generally have not had a way to leverage software to help orchestrate a much better experience for customers, but that is beginning to change. Aamir commented, "I see MEF 3.0 as a massive opportunity to help standardize automation of services - service chaining through networking."
Pascal Menezes, MEF – Driving Faster Standards Development in a Software World
Pascal Menezes, Chief Technology Officer, MEF, discusses how the industry transition from hardware to software is creating opportunities for MEF to drive more agile standards development. We're now in a world of very rapid innovation that is driven by highly agile software. MEF is looking for ways to incubate the standards process in MEF 3.0 implementation projects before a specification comes out - testing LSO APIs, etc. - and providing feedback for development of specs and LSO API releases.
Mirko Voltolini, Colt – Expecting MEF Release of Inter-Carrier LSO APIs at MEF18
Mirko Voltolini, Global Head of Network on Demand, Colt Technology Services, discusses the work MEF has being doing to define LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) APIs for service orchestration across multiple service providers. MEF currently intends to formally release LSO Sonata APIs for product offering qualification, inventory, quotes, and ordering around the time of MEF18.
Joe Ruffles, Riverbed – MEF’s SD-WAN Service Specification & Multivendor Implementation Projects
Joe Ruffles, Global Standards Architect for Strategy and Direction, Riverbed, discusses two key SD-WAN initiatives within MEF that his company co-leads: (1) SD-WAN Service Specification project and (2) SD-WAN Multivendor Implementation project. The projects have a symbiotic relationship. Service providers are suggesting use cases to make multi-vendor, multi-service provider SD-WAN work, and results from the implementation project are fed back into specification development. MEF is taking an agile approach to getting a specification to market quickly while also ensuring that when service providers market MEF-certified SD-WANs their customers will know what they are getting and what to expect in terms of interoperability.
Rami Yaron, NEC/Netcracker – MEF’s 5G Initiatives Within the MEF 3.0 Framework
Rami Yaron, Senior Director, SDN/NFV Solutions, NEC/Netcracker and Chair of MEF’s 5G Focus Group, discusses five important 5G initiatives within MEF: (1) transport for 5G, (2) network slicing, (5) orchestration of 5G services, (5) fixed wireless access, and (5) MEF 3.0 5G implementation project.
Dan Pitt & Bithika Khargaria, MEF - API Specifications and SDKs: The New Standards DevOps Dance
The way in which the LSO APIs are described and released represents a radical transformation of the standards process to reflect the new reality of telecommunications: that many of the important agreements are implemented purely in software. As we know, software can be modified and updated in minutes, whereas hardware (especially chips) can require many months or sometimes years to update. Interacting parties must still spend time to discuss and agree on objectives, constraints, and mechanisms of standardized solutions, but actual development, and the process to arrive at high-quality agreements, can be much faster when agreements are implemented in software.
MEF Annual Meeting, July 2018 - David Martin, Senior Systems Engineer, IP/Optical Networking Business Group, Nokia, discusses the new MEF 63 Subscriber Layer 1 Service Attributes specification, which he edited. MEF 63 will be published in early August 2018. Within the MEF 3.0 global services framework, MEF has extended its service definition work to include Optical Transport services. MEF63 supports Ethernet and Fibre Channel client protocols – used in LAN and SAN extension for data center interconnect – as well as SONET and SDH client protocols for legacy WAN services.
While proprietary Optical Transport services are widely available, until now they have lacked standardized service attributes and service definitions. This has made it difficult for service providers to develop and automate multi-vendor service offerings and subscribers to compare service offerings. Subscribers can benefit from standardized Optical Transport services in the same way they can benefit from standardized MEF 3.0 Carrier Ethernet services.
There will be a live MEF 3.0 Optical Transport Implementation demonstration in the popular Proof of Concept Showcase at MEF18, 29 Oct - 2 November, in Los Angeles. More than 50 companies are lined up to participate in 20 PoCs at this year's event.
July 31, 2018
MEF Annual Meeting, July 2018 - Dan Pitt, SVP, MEF, provides an overview of MEF's new SDN/NFV professional certification program. MEF now offers three certifications as part of a comprehensive Professional Certification Framework: MEF-SDN/NFV, MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP), and MEF Network Foundations (MEF-NF) certifications.
MEF has certified nearly 6,000 MEF-CECPs from 440 organizations in 85 countries, and is building upon this solid foundation to help serivce providers worldwide transition to assured services orchestrated across automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks.
Professional certification training will be available during 28 & 29 October at the MEF18 in Los Angeles.
July 31, 2018
MEF Annual Meeting, July 2018 - NEC/Netcracker's Karthik Sethuraman and Centurylink's Jack Pugaczewski provide an overview of the recently concluded OIF-MEF-ONF interoperability demonstration that focused on the Transport Application Programming Interface (T-API). The multi-vendor demo incorporated service provisioning scenarios at the LSO Presto reference point in the MEF LSO architecture, using the MEF NRP Interface Profile Specification (MEF 60), which defines extensions to T-API in support of Carrier Ethernet services.
CenturyLink, NEC/Netcracker, and other partners plan to participate in a Proof of Concept demo on this topic at MEF18, 29 Oct - 2 Nov.
July 31, 2018
MEF Annual Meeting - July 2018, Shawn Hakl, Senior Vice President Business Products, Verizon, shares that MEF 3.0 is the framework for defining how carriers will talk to each other in the age of software-defined services. MEF 3.0 reflects the industry transition to a more software-oriented, API-centric culture and method of doing business -- highly automated, highly scalable, and extremely fast
Shawn comments on the MEF Technical Strategy presented by MEF CTO Pascal Menezes and discusses how MEF 3.0 aligns with the needs of the market and Verizon's experience.
Shawn noted that Verizon and Colt have used draft versions of the MEF-defined LSO Interlude APIs for inter-provider service orchestration.
To learn more about MEF 3.0 and to view live demonstrations of orchestrated services powered LSO, attend MEF18.
July 31, 2018
MEF Annual Meeting, July 2018 - Kevin O'Toole, Senior Vice President, Product Management, Comcast Business, says the market has really begun to embrace SD-WAN in order to cut costs and unlock the power of new last-mile access networks. MEF is working on standards to support the evolution of SD-WAN within the broader MEF 3.0 global services framework.
MEF work is building upon the foundational "Understanding SD-WAN Managed Services" white paper (http://www.mef.net/resources/download...). Visit www.mef.net to learn more about MEF 3.0 and SD-WAN and plan to attend MEF18, where SD-WAN will be a major topic of discussion.
July 31, 2018
MEF Annual Meeting, July 2018 – Daniele Mancuso, Director of Innovation & Engineering, Sparkle, shares about MEF initiatives that the Italian-based operator has been involved in and provides a preview of Sparkle’s major role in the Proof of Concept Showcase at the MEF18 event, 29 Oct. – 2 Nov. in Los Angeles. Daniele highlights planned participation in three MEF18 PoC demonstrations:
1. Sparkle has been a key contributor to the MEF 3.0 Service Fulfillment and Activation project, which is implemented on MEFnet and is expected showcased at MEF18. This project focuses on developing answers to the challenge of orchestrating services across multiple service providers. Sparkle is acting as a transit service provider and has developed test case scenarios related to the LSO Sonata, LSO Interlude, and LSO Cantata reference points and associated APIs.
2. Sparkle and a partner plan a MEF18 POC demo focused on a technology-vendor agnostic SD-WAN implementation with the goal of leap-frogging beyond standard universal CPEs based on virtual machines to a new solution that could serve as a baseline for multi-vendor, orchestrated SD-WAN.
3. In another MEF18 PoC demo, Sparkle is working with other service providers and technology vendors to build a circle of commercial trust built on blockchain technology.
July 31, 2018
MEF Annual Meeting, July 2018 - Kevin Vachon, COO, MEF, provides a progress report on MEF 3.0, which is the global services framework for defining, delivering, and certifying assured communications services orchestrated across a global ecosystem of automated networks. MEF is advancing work across all four elements of MEF 3.0, including: (1) standardized services (Carrier Ethernet, Optical Transport, IP, and SD-WAN), (2) LSO APIs enabling service orchestration across providers and over multiple technology domains, (3) professional, service, and technology certification, and (4) community activity, including MEF 3.0 implementation projects.
Learn more about the exciting industry transformation taking place at the MEF18 global networking event, 29 Oct. - 2 Nov. 2018. More than 50 service and technology companies will be participating in 20 Proof of Concept demonstrations at the event.
July 26, 2018
Editor's Corner—MEF is Closing in on Approval of LSO Sonata APIs
"Our current plan is to release formal MEF-approved LSO Sonata APIs for product offering qualification, inventory, quotes, and ordering in 4Q18, around the time of MEF 18," Hubbard wrote. "We will have many proof of concept demonstrations at MEF 18 that will incorporate these LSO Sonata APIs as well as other LSO APIs related to the various reference points in the LSO Framework."
Colt, Verizon Will Go Live This Year With Cross-Carrier Ethernet Service
After conducting a proof-of-concept trial earlier this March, Colt Technology Services and Verizon will go live this year with two-way, intercarrier network orchestration across each other's networks. "I think this is part of a much bigger transition to offer services between carriers," said Mirko Voltolini, Head of Network on Demand, Colt...."What is important is we need to come up with a standard API definition," he said. "We have done lots of work with the MEF to define the API. That needs to be ratified and adopted in the market. We need to get that piece of work to a conclusion so we don't have to do things 20 times with 20 different suppliers."
Rick Bauer, Dir. of Certification, MEF - Delivering on the Promise of E-Learning
MEF's Rick Bauer shares how one of MEF's Accredited Training Partners, Tech2000, is using a new approach to e-learning to address the problem of historically low completion rates for asynchronous online learning platforms. MEF now offers three certifications as part of a comprehensive Professional Certification Framework: MEF-SDN/NFV, MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP), and MEF Network Foundations (MEF-NF) certifications.
MEF Adds to Existing SDN/NFV Training, Certification
With software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) steadily gaining traction in the new-age networking space, industry association MEF has announced a new certification program to prove expertise in those areas.
MEF, TM Forum Pitch in on ONAP’s Beijing Software Release
ONAP's external API project was incorporated with the TM Forum and MEF's work around northbound API, according to Arpit Joshipura, general manager of networking for the Linux Foundation. TM Forum Open APIs carrying MEF-defined payloads provide the northbound interfaces in the ONAP Beijing Release, which enables orders to be placed and fulfilled as well the monitoring of quality of service.
NaaS Catalyst Demos Radically New Approach to OSS/BSS
The Catalyst is a good example of the kind of cooperation necessary among standards-development organizations like MEF and TM Forum and open source groups like ONAP to automate NaaS, says Daniel Bar-Lev, Director, Office of the CTO, MEF. "We're participating because it is addressing an area which is important to both the TM Forum and the MEF," he says.
MEF Targets Multivendor Interoperability for Network Services
MEF this week touted its progress in multivendor interoperability by announcing its active software-defined WAN implementation project. Three SD-WAN vendors -- Riverbed Technology, Nuage Networks from Nokia and VMware's VeloCloud -- are leading the MEF project, focusing on multivendor SD-WAN use cases. Software development services provider Amartus is also participating with the SD-WAN vendors.
MEF's SD-WAN Definition Push Speaks to Broadband Providers
With an emphasis on SD-WAN interoperability, the newest phase of MEF 3.0 should dramatically accelerate broadband providers' ability to enter or expand SD-WAN managed services cost-effectively and efficiently.
Dan Pitt, SVP, MEF: Advancing MEF 3.0 – Ethernet, IP, SD-WAN, and Layer 1 Services
Dan Pitt provides an overview of recent development with MEF 3.0, the transformational framework for defining, delivering, and certifying agile, assured, and orchestrated communication services across a global ecosystem of automated networks.
If there is one common theme that has emerged from recent conversations with top service provider experts, it is the sense of urgency that their companies must move quickly to address customer needs and adapt to competitive threats in the era of digital transformation.
The transformation from legacy environments to "programmable, horizontally abstracted, open-partner ecosystems" means that "service providers have to build security-oriented thinking into every aspect of their ecosystems", says Daniel Bar-Lev, director in the office of the CTO at the MEF industry association.
Dan Pitt, SVP, MEF - MEF’s Grand Vision: To Rescue Telcos From Commoditisation
MEF is on a mission: To save the world’s telcos from being relegated to providing basic connectivity in every greater volumes without proportionate increases in revenues, according to its MEF SVP Dan Pitt.
MEF, an organization that coordinates standards for the service-provider and cloud community, today significantly expanded its charter to include a consistent approach to software orchestration of networks across Ethernet, IP, SD-WAN (software-defined wide-area network), and Layer 1 networking services.
MEF Picks Up Pace of Multiple-Vendor SD-WAN Implementation Project
MEF is using the same blueprint that it successfully deployed when it defined Carrier Ethernet services 10 years ago—which led to the creation of an estimated $80 billion global market for Carrier Ethernet—to create the SD-WAN service definition specification.
Several MEF SD-WAN vendor members are working on phase 1 of the project, including Riverbed, VMware’s VeloCloud, and Nokia’s Nuage Networks. The companies are deploying their SD-WAN products using MEF’s cloud-based test platform called MEFnet, and then interconnecting those SD-WAN controllers and edge devices through a central gateway using the lifecycle services orchestrator (LSO) and the LSO Presto Network Resource Provisioning (NRP) API. The end result is interoperability between the various SD-WAN devices from different vendors.
In a broad update of its MEF 3.0 effort, MEF and its member companies say there's significant progress on the SD-WAN front, including an implementation project involving four vendors, as well as on Carrier Ethernet, IP services and optical services. All of this is part of MEF's standardization efforts to make services "orchestration-ready" or rapidly deployable, using its Lifecycle Services Orchestration initiative and both existing and newly developed application programming interfaces.
NFV Not Always Exciting But Essential: MEF’s Dan Pitt
There’s no doubt that 5G is driving the adoption of SDN and NFV, but that doesn’t mean NFV is necessarily going to be exciting for every operator. That’s according to one of the early evangelists for NFV. Dan Pitt, senior vice president at MEF and former director of the Open Networking Foundation, has been a leading voice in the SDN/NFV movement.
The transition in communications is now accelerating as service providers and other industry players increase collaboration to deliver solutions that empower users with the dynamic performance and security required to thrive in an era of rapid economic change.
Verizon: New MEF E-Line Standard Will Help Buying and Selling of Network Access
Wholesale Ethernet access services got a boost when industry association MEF developed standards to simplify the process of ordering and provisioning services that span multiple carrier networks. MEF now aims to take that further for what it calls “managed access E-Line” service that can eliminate the need for buyers and sellers to deploy duplicative equipment. MEF already has service provider commitment to implementing managed access E-Line, as we learned in an interview about Verizon MEF E-Line managed access plans.
Dynamic networks are the name of the game for the carriers of today. Futuristic technologies are calling for futuristic networks, with the ability for full automation along with flexible provisioning...This evolution is "critical" for driving operational scale, removing costs, enabling more self-service for the customer and, most importantly, improving the employee and customer experience, says Travis Ewert, VP of software-defined services and big data at CenturyLink.
A large amount of work is also going on in the MEF industry association, with its 3.0 transformational global services framework. Stan Hubbard, director of communications and research at MEF, sums up the evolving picture: "We have embarked on a journey to enable service providers to transition from operating as independent islands of excellence to being integral players in a worldwide business federation of cloud-like networks that support dynamic services across multiple providers," he says.
April 10, 2018
MEF Expands 3.0 Framework with Orchestration Specifications
MEF unveiled a pair of new specifications tied to its recently launched 3.0 framework. Those specs were developed within the MEF Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) Reference Architecture and are targeted at orchestrating the framework over multiple network technology domains.
MEF, ETSI y Linux Foundation Anuncian Nueva Certificación SDN/NFV
MEF anuncia la presentación de la nueva certificación profesional MEF SDN/NFV desarrollada en colaboración con el Linux Foundation y ETSI. Esta es la primera certificación en la industria que valida el conocimiento y las habilidades de los profesionales en los dominios de SDN y NFV. MEF ofrece tres certificaciones como parte de un marco integral de certificación profesional. Estos incluyen los certificados MEF-SDN/NFV, MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP) y MEF Network Foundations (MEF-NF). Las personas que obtienen estas tres certificaciones califican para la certificación MEF Network Expert.
CenturyLink, Ciena, Cisco, Others Join Nokia in Developing New MEF 3.0 LSO standards
CenturyLink, Ciena, Cisco and other vendors have advanced a new effort related to the MEF 3.0 Transformational Global Services Framework by releasing two new specifications focused on orchestration of MEF 3.0 connectivity services over multiple network technology domains. Developed within MEF’s LSO Reference Architecture, the standards are Network Resource Management: Information Model (MEF 59) and Network Resource Provisioning: Interface Profile Specification (MEF 60). These specifications are important steps toward accelerating the delivery of orchestrated services over automated networks using LSO, SDN, and NFV.
CenturyLink CTO Aamir Hussain: SDOs Crucial to Automation
Participation in standards development organizations (SDOs) is becoming more important as telecom operators try to automate hybrid cloud connections to make them simpler for business customers, says Aamir Hussain, CTO, CenturyLink. Hussain joined the MEF Board of Directors in February and says, in an interview this week, that CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL) is looking to MEF and other groups such as TM Forum to define the interfaces that drive interconnections but also help extract complexity from service delivery processes.
MEF's Dan Pitt Says Open Source Isn't Free or Easy
Dan Pitt, SVP of MEF, told FierceTelecom that despite the efforts made by various groups to drive open source, ultimately the service provider’s decision comes down to implementing solutions that fit their unique needs. “Our membership sees the benefit of community development of resources, but they also understand that open source does not come for free,” Pitt said.
How is SD-WAN shaping up the changing enterprise network? Is traditional MPLS networking dead? Experts from multiple MEF member companies -- including AT&T, Fujtsu, BT, Verizon, Telefonica International Wholesale, Spectrum Enterprise, Orange, and Nuage -- offer their perspectives.
Colt, Verizon Take Giant Leap for Cross-Carrier Automation (Using LSO)
Colt and Verizon demonstrated "cross-carrier automation" on production networks. "We have a development project running to 'productize' capability and plan to finalize that by the end of the second quarter," says Peter Konings, the head of Verizon's product development business in Europe...We will then go to market with Colt and we've started to work on this with other partners." Given enough push, such cross-carrier services could be available from a number of operators by late 2019, says Mirko Voltolini, Colt's vice president of technology and architecture. Besides working with Verizon, the UK-based operator is in talks with AT&T and Orange about commercial tie-ups.
Verizon and Colt have successfully demonstrated two-way, inter-carrier SDN network orchestration with LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) during a live trial demonstration in London. The two companies where able to make real-time bandwidth changes in each other’s networks through an Equinix interconnect.
Verizon and Colt are working with MEF to advance the development of industry standards, in particular inter-carrier business and operational LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) APIs, which will accelerate the availability of this flexibility from many more partner networks.
"Proof of concept demonstrations and trials of inter-provider service orchestration are critical steps for making agile, assured and orchestrated connectivity services that span multiple operators a reality. We’re delighted to see today's demonstration moving the service provider industry towards this objective," said Daniel Bar-Lev, director office of the CTO at MEF.
February 28, 2018
Nan Chen, President, MEF - Exploring MEF 3.0, Automation, Virtualization & More
MWC - Nan Chen, President, MEF, and Co-Founder and Executive Vice Chairman, CENX, explains the MEF 3.0 transformational global services framework for defining, delivering, and, and certifying agile, assured, and orchestrated services across a global ecosystem of automated networks. He discusses key MEF 3.0 elements, including (1) standardized, orchestrated services (e.g., Layer 1, CE, IP, SD-WAN, Security-as-a-Service), (2) open LSO APIs, (3) on-demand certification, and (4) community collaboration. Nan addresses virtualization, automation, and more.
Expert Roundtable, MEF Meeting, Singapore: APIs Key to Success for MEF 3.0
The following 10 experts from leading service providers, technology firms, and MEF participated in roundtable discussions with TechTrade Asia at the 1Q MEF Members Meeting in Singapore: Jeff Schwartz, Associate VP, Managed Network Services and Cloud Enablement, Tata; Shahar Steiff, AVP New Technology, PCCW Global; Pascal Menezes, CTO; MEF; Kevin Vachon, COO, MEF; Jerzy (George) Szlosarek, CEO, Epsilon; Dr. Gabriel Kerner, VP Network Products and Offerings, Amdocs Technology; Marjory Sy, Carrier Ethernet Technical Manager, PLDT, Chris Rezentes, APAC Senior Manager, Partner & Product Strategy, Verizon; Dan Pitt, SVP, MEF; and Adam Turner, Director of Marketing, Net2Edge.
In Nov 2017, MEF introduced the MEF 3.0 transformational framework for defining, delivering, and certifying agile, assured, and orchestrated communication services across a global ecosystem of automated networks. MEF 3.0 services empower users with the dynamic performance and security required to thrive in the digital economy. This video includes perspectives from a dozen industry leaders on the importance and potential imact of MEF 3.0.
MEF 3.0 blends sophisticated, standardized services with an emerging suite of LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) APIs to provide an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with unprecedented user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities.
The following experts shared their opinion:
Nan Chen, President, MEF
Kevin Vachon, COO, MEF
Josh Goodell, VP Intelligent Edge, AT&T
Alessandro Talotta, Chairman & CEO, Sparkle
Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF
Kevin O'Toole, SVP Product Management, Comcast Business
David Hughes, VP IP Engineering, PCCW Global
Satya Parimi, Group VP Enterprise Data & Cloud Products, Spectrum Enterprise
Eric Cevis, President, Verizon Partner Solutions
Gabriel Kerner, VP Network Products & Offerings, Amdocs
Dan Pitt, SVP, MEF
Bob Mandeville, President, Iometrix
January 23, 2018
MEF is driving standardization of open LSO APIs that enable orchestration of dynamic MEF 3.0 services across a global ecosystem of automated networks. This video highlights important LSO work underway - including inter-provider API development, MEF & ONAP collaboration, etc. -- and includes perspectives from top service (AT&T, CenturyLink, PCCW Global), technology (CENX, Amdocs), and MEF experts (Technical Director).
MEF’s LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) 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.
January 23, 2018
MEF is leading industry efforts to standardize SD-WAN managed services as part of its transformational MEF 3.0 initiative to define, deliver, and certify agile, assured, and orchestrated services across a global ecosystem of automated networks. This video highlights important work underway and includes perspectives from top service (Comcast Business, Verizon), technology (Riverbed), and analyst (Frost & Sullivan) experts as well as MEF executives (CTO and SVP).
MEF is defining SD-WAN service terminology, components, and implementations in the context of MEF’s LSO Reference Architecture and Framework (MEF 55) . This work will ensure consistency of performance, policy, and security of SD-WAN services orchestrated across multiple provider networks, leveraging open LSO APIs.
January 22, 2018
MEF17 Proof of Concept Demo: On-Demand Dynamic Bandwidth Scaling via LSO-compliant Platform and Continuous Performance Monitoring with NFV. As explained by Larry Byrd, Solutions Engineer Manager, EXFO, Amartus and EXFO demonstrated provisioning of an orchestrated MEF CE 2.0 service with assurance capabilities.The solution consisted of LSO components integrated by Amartus and EXFO’s Virtual Test technology automatically deployed and configured as part of the service provisioning.
The demo supported active assurance scenarios such as service SLA compliance testing or dynamic bandwidth shaping, by integrating EXFO’s Performance Assurance test suite within LSO-compliant engine, providing a fully orchestrated and closed-loop dynamic system.
January 22, 2018
MEF17 Proof of Concept Demo: NFV-Based Performance Monitoring. As explained by Greg Spear, Solutions Manager & Gustavo Kohler, Engineering Director, Accedian, their employer partnered with Tim Brasil to demonstrate a virtualized, NFV-based performance monitoring (NFV-PM) platform that empowers operators to stitch together different networks as a means of providing service into new areas, when in the past access issues and equipment deployment times made such scenarios non-feasible.
Using new network overlay innovations that leverage standards-based service activation testing (SAT) and performance monitoring (PM) to reduce hardware and power requirements, the solution provides structure needed to support the LSO model, moving vendors and operators toward MEF 3.0 goals.
January 22, 2018
MEF17 PoC: Windstream, Ciena, Infinera, Coriant Demonstrate Automated Orchestration of MEF Services Across a Multi-Vendor Domain
MEF17 Proof of Concept Demo: Layer 1 Multi-vendor LSO. As explained by Brian Hadnot, SDN Engineer, Windstream, his employer partnered iwth Ciena, Infinera, and Coriant to showcase Layer 1 multi-vendor LSO utilizing PCE via the Windstream commercial network. The business objective aimed to demonstrate Windstream’s leadership in deploying a widely available commercial offering that leverages SDN multi-vendor orchestration.
ECI Perspectives on MEF 3.0: Cross-Industry Collaboration Is the Only Way to Win
MEF17 - Hayim Porat, CTO, ECI, and Sarit Tager, VP R&D SDN and LSO, ECI discuss ECI's collaboration with MEF around the MEF 3.0 framework and the LSO innovation platform - designed to bring members together to write implementation code online on the same platform, enabling service providers to focus on quickly generating revenues rather than network operations.
MEF17 Proof of Concept Demo - Agile SD-WAN with Complementary Virtualized Functions over Multi Domains Including CE over 4G/LTE with Standardized LSO APIs for Vendor Interoperability. As explained by Youcef Ayad, Senior Global Product Manager, Telia Carrier, his employer joined with Kvantel, Nuage Networks, OneAccess, and RAD to demonstrate real world implementations of agile service delivery and SD-WAN Managed Services as outlined in the recent MEF White Paper, including SLA assurance, reliability, and extended reach. This demonstration was the MEF17 PoC Silver Award winner.
This demo showcased how a leading service provider (Telia) enabled these services over several Nordic countries with Kvantel as a local Partner in Norway. The PoC brought together the MEF LSO framework, a CE 2.0 underlay, E-Access services, SD-WAN overlay services and next generation NIDs and uCPEs that service chained virtual network functions (VNFs), all automated and provisioned by advanced SDN controllers and Orchestrators that utilize multi-vendor LSO Presto and Legato API’s.
December 21, 2017
MEF17, TelecomTV - Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF, explained why the new MEF 3.0 transformational global services framework is relevant to practically every communications service provider that offers connectivity and virtualized services. MEF 3.0 is a framework for defining, delivering, and certifying agile, assured, and orchestrated services across a global ecosystem of automated networks.
Key elements include (1) a broad range of orchestrated services (wavelength, Carrier Ethernet, IP, SD-WAN, security-as-a-service, and other virtualized services), (2) open LSO APIs for orchestrating services across multiple providers and multiple technology domains, (3) agile certification of services and technology, and (4) an expanded community involving open source players, software developers, industry standards organizations, large enterprises, service and technology providers, and others.
December 21, 2017
MEF17, TelecomTV - Dr. Gabriel Kerner, VP Network Products & Offerings, Amdocs Technology and MEF Board Member, shared a perspective on the challenges and opportunities associated with orchestrating dynamic connectivity and virtualized services across multiple networks, multiple technology domains, and multiple changing environments. He discussed the importance of MEF 3.0 and industry collaboration in developing and demonstrating open LSO APIs, among other things.
Gabriel noted that up to now the industry has been concentrated on orchestrating connectivity services, but going forward we will be focusing on "much more agile, dynamic, application-driven services in which you have multiple type of functions derived from NFV. You need to abstract the layers between the customer service, the network service, and the network itself, but you also need to put focus on the actual management of the service around its lifecycle. We are getting there." Gabriel noted that the orchestration ecosystem is maturing with the work of MEF, ONAP, and others.
Gabriel stated, "MEF 3.0 provides actually a framework for the community to align how the services should be run, how interfaces should be defined, what APIs need to make what type of information transparent and management."
Gabriel commented on an award-winning MEF17 Proof of Concept involving AT&T, Orange, Colt, Amdocs, Ciena, and Fujitsu that dealt with orchestrating a Carrier Ethernet service across multiple providers, leveraging ONAP and MEF LSO APIs.
December 20, 2017
MEF17, TelecomTV - Josh Goodell, VP Intelligent Edge, AT&T, shared his perspective on AT&T's intelligent edge initiative as well as the new MEF 3.0 global services framework. He highlighted industry progress toward creating a federation of networks enabled by SDN and NFV technologies. At MEF17, AT&T, Orange, and Colt demonstrated the ability to orchestrate Carrier Ethernet services across multiple provider networks leveraging MEF LSO APIs within an ONAP context.
Josh discussed the extension of AT&T's intelligent network to the customer edge, including new SD-WAN capabilities. AT&T has offered an over-the-top SD-WAN option but is introducing a network-based SD-WAN service that will allow customers to add sites one location at a time, will include resiliency within the network architecture, and includes the marriage of an intelligent network and an intelligent edge with multiple virtual network functions (VNFs).
Josh also shared his opinion on MEF 3.0 and the pragmatic approach MEF has taken to drive industry innovation. He stated, "Last year, we talked about federation of SDN networks and the fact that many of the carriers have an SDN network solution. We've had ours for a few years now. But what's unique, and what hasn't happened, is federating these networks across carriers - so having a global SDN value proposition that spans from AT&T's network to some other carrier's network. And so I challenged the organization - and I brought it up in my keynote last year - that we need to figure out how we federate these networks. And MEF was a part of that work this year. And now we're actually demonstrating at this event a federated SDN-enabled Layer 2 network between AT&T, Orange, Colt; others are involved as well. So MEF 3.0 is all about making that a reality. And what I like about MEF iis they're pushing us forward....It's about creating a global fabric of a virtualized network that cross the boundaries of the different carriers."
December 20, 2017
MEF17, TelecomTV - Satya Parimi, Group VP, Enterprise Data & Cloud Products, Spectrum Enterprise, shared his perspective on how the digital transformation of customers is driving the need for the communications industry to innovative at a more rapid pace.
As an industry, "we've been making incremental changes and improvements over the last few years, but what's really taking off is the customers - the end customers and businesses -- moving to the digital economy, which means they are digitizing their businesses, they're moving to the cloud. What that really drives is a new set of dynamic network services that need to come out at a much faster pace than the service provider industry is putting them out. So, there's an immediate right now for us to rapidly increase the pace of innovation." Parimi highlighted Spectrum Enterprise's new SD-WAN service as the type of innovative, dynamic service that will give customers greater visibility and control. Parimi stated that the MEF 3.0 services framework is "extremely important" for the industry and "we strongly believe in what they are doing."
December 20, 2017
MEF17, TelecomTV - Marc Halbfinger, CEO, PCCW Global, discussed his company's recent acquisition of Console Connect to provide customers a one-click network-to-cloud capability. PCCW plans to expand that software-enabled capability for network-to-network and possible cloud-to-network environments. Marc highlighted the importance of service providers collaborating together to address both the commercial and the technical challenges related to service interoperability. Marc said the MEF 3.0 framework is particularly important for getting common ground in the wholesale services market.
Marc stated, "Envision, if you will, an opportunity to perhaps expose back-end systems at the OSS side in a carrier's environment to an end-user or to another service provider. If we borrow from the airline industry - the ability to take an e-ticket and to provision boarding passes on capacity in an airplane from one carrier to another - I think these are common areas that the ICT service provider community needs to be looking at. And MEF, I think, is doing an outstanding job in articulating that. And 3.0 is taking us very far down that road."
December 20, 2017
Eric Cevis, President, Verizon Partner Solutions - MEF 3.0 & Collaboration Key to Industry Progress
MEF17, TelecomTV - Eric Cevis, President, Verizon Partner Solutions, shared his perspective on the importance of MEF 3.0 and collaboration on standards development in driving industry transformation and meeting the needs of the digital economy. Eric discusses the benefits of Verizon's new SD-WAN services and the role of virtualization in addressing customer requirements.
Nan Chen, President, MEF - Key Elements of MEF 3.0 Transformational Global Services Framework
MEF17, TelecomTV - Nan Chen, President, MEF, discusses the MEF 3.0 transformational global services framework for defining, delivering, and certifying agile, assured, and orchestrated services across a global ecosystem of automated networks. The new services will deliver unprecedented user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities.
MEF17 - Kevin O'Toole, SVP, Product Management, Comcast Business and MEF Board Member, shared his view about a "generational moment" for the industry created by two converging forces: (1) software defined networking and (2) Gigabit broadband. Kevin stated, "We think that when you bring Gigabit broadband together with SDN there will be so much changed over the next few years that we will see it as a breakpoint moment for the industry." SD-WAN is a disruptive step away from legacy services - "simpler, faster, cheaper, that's SD-WAN in a heartbeat." Kevin said, "MEF 3.0 is a fundamental recognition of this new world that we're in."
The standards that MEF drives ultimately pull out cost and drive up quality. Service interoperability -- including the ability to orchestrate services across multiple operators -- will be very important to Comcast Business, according to Kevin.
December 20, 2017
Alessandro Talotta, Chairman and CEO, TI Sparkle - Role of MEF 3.0 in Industry Transformation
MEF17 - Alessandro Talotta, Chairman & CEO, TI Sparkle and MEF Board Member, shared his view on the industry transition to dynamic MEF 3.0 services. Alessandro noted that it is "critical" for providers to undergo transformation to increase their agility and efficiency in delivering and managing services. He highlighted the importance of new work on standardizing services like SD-WAN and standardizing open LSO APIs that enable orchestration of services across multiple providers. "MEF 3.0 is absolutely an opportunity, an opportunity for the new services like SD-WAN, like security-as-a-service, moving very fast, and managing cloud services and business applications. Users are more involved. They are very active in programming and managing the network."
Richard Orgias, Fortinet - Addressing the Challenge of Providing Secure Services Across Multiple Providers
Richard Orgias, Director of Segment and Audience Marketing, Fortinet, discusses the challenge of providing secure services across service provider boundaries. Fortinet is working with other MEF members to define Security-as-a-Service within the MEF 3.0 global services framework.
Rick Hillson, GBI - Transforming Subsea Network with SDN
At MEF17, Rick Hillson, VP of NextGen Architecture, GBI (Gulf Bridge International), talks about GBI's plans to transform its subsea network by putting in an intelligent SD-WAN/SDN and NFV overlay onto the company's existing submarine network infrastructure. GBI is starting by deploying an SD-WAN solution at the edge and is working with MEF on a MEF 3.0 reference implementation for Security-as-a-Service over SD-WAN.
Mark Daley, Epsilon - Need Automation to Better Interact with Customers & Partners
Mark Daley, Director of Digital Strategy and Business Development, Epsilon, highlights that automation and improved interworking are critical for addressing the needs of OTT providers - particularly CPaaS (Communications Platform as a Service Providers). CPaaS providers are looking for a lot more programmability and automation from wholesale providers like Epsilon. Development of both "North-South" and "East-West" LSO APIs are key to progress.
Prayson Pate, CTO, Ensemble/ADVA - SD-WAN Threat or Opportunity?
Prayson Pate, CTO, Ensemble division of ADVA Optical Networking, shares his view that SD-WAN is both a threat and an opportunity for service providers. He encourages companies to learn more about SD-WAN by looking at MEF's white paper - Understanding SD-WAN Managed Services.
Ulrich Kohn, Director of Technical Marketing, ADVA Optical Networking comments on the joint ADVA & Spirent Proof-of-Concept focused on "Analytics for Zero-Touch Service Activation and Closed-loop Issue Resolution for Virtualized Business Services." To realize the promise of NFV, Carrier Ethernet service providers must transform manual test and assurance processes into automated functions that seamlessly integrate with test systems and the virtual network.
Expert Panel - Next Gen Services Need Customer Control
SD-WAN services are just the tip of the spear of a new generation of business services that will need to be flexible, on-demand, secure and customer-controlled, according to a panel of experts from Comcast Business, MEF, Ciena, Ovum, Palo Alto Networks, and SCTE.
Raanan Tzemach, Telco Systems - MEF 3.0: Dynamic Services, SD-WAN & Other Benefits
Raanan Tzemach, VP of Products, Marketing, and Professional Services, Telco Systems, shares his perspective on the benefits of MEF 3.0 development, including any new capabilities, such as dynamic, orchestrated services across multilayer networks and standardization of SD-WAN services.
Mark Daley, Epsilon: Wholesale Market Needs Standardized APIs
At MEF17, Mark Daley, Director of Digital Strategy and Business Development, Epsilon, says that Epsilon developed its own internal system for delivering connectivity to CPaaS players and others, but longer term, the industry needs an API plan. Exposing individual functions within the networking environment is critical to the wholesale play. Mark sees "the MEF standards will become the embodiment of what we need to aspire to and deliver."
Bob Mandeville, President, Iometrix - MEF 3.0 Certification: A Radically New Test Platform & Approach
Bob Mandeville, President, Iometrix, talks about the transformational changes taking place with MEF's new MEF 3.0 services and technology certification programs. MEF 3.0 certification is delivered by testing partner Iometrix using an advanced, cloud-based virtualized test platform that empowers subscribing companies to certify that their services and technologies comply with the latest MEF 3.0 standards.
Eric Cevis, President, Verizon Partner Solutions - Moving Software-Defined Networking Forward with Standards & Collaboration
Eric Cevis, President, Verizon Partner Solutions, highlights the value of standards for creating software-defined networks that enable best-in-class services for customers. Verizon recently rolloed out a SD-WAN service for wholesale customers.
Josh Goodell, VP, Intelligent Edge, AT&T, discusses extending AT&T's intelligent network value proposition to the customer premises, and he shares his perspective on the important role that MEF is playing in developing industry standards for a global fabric of federated SDN networks cutting across geographies.
Josh stated, "One of the things that I talked about last year was the need for industry standardization around certain issues...one of which was SDN federation between networks and the ability to have a global fabric across geographies that really takes advantage of that SDN value proposition. And up to this point we know that it is technically possible, but we really haven't had the focus to do it. So I put the stake down at this event last year, and it is amazing to see the progress that has been made by MEF. And LSO has helped enable this. And between partners like Orange, Colt, AT&T, Amdocs, and others, we've gone from a stake in the ground to working networks that are actually making this a reality....It just extends the overall intelligent network value proposition globally."
Josh noted, "On the Flexware edge, we've been very thoughtful about ensuring that's a global solution. It's available in 200 countries. But access isn't always dynamic globally. It's not right now. It's really going to be dependent on whowever your access provider. So you think about the marriage of those two. I think it's a very powerful combination for the industry and our customers."
November 29, 2017
MEF Releases 3.0 Framework Aimed at Automation, Orchestration
MEF 3.0 Transformational Global Services Framework is the latest effort by the organization to move beyond its carrier Ethernet roots. MEF is shifting its focus toward creating a foundation that service provider members can use as they move toward cloud-native environments.
MEF CTO Perspective: MEF Expands Reach to Cover Cloud Applications with IMTC Integration
By Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF - Today, MEF announced the integration of IMTC into MEF with the mission of making networks more application-aware. The press release details that as more and more enterprises move their applications to the cloud, there is a need for cloud applications to deliver on a high-quality, secure and frictionless end-user experience. MEF's strategy includes numerous convergences that are happening in the industry where SD-WANs, virtualization, and automation are driving the necessity for Communication Service Providers (CSPs) worldwide to move up the stack. Nothing explains this better than this video from Light Reading covering how leading North American tier 1 service providers see the trend of network transformation.
MEF Takes on Cloud App Development With IMTC Integration, Aligns with MEF 3.0
MEF is looking to make its mark in the growing cloud-centric applications segment by integrating the International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) into its new Applications Committee, an effort that the organization began in October.
Rami Yaron, Co-Chair, Global Marketing Committee, MEF and VP, Strategy & Business Development, Telco Systems, discusses three MEF initiatives underway to support future 5G networks: (1) transport for 5G from the cell site to the core (2) orchestrating the 5G network for dynamic services, and (3) running traffic such as Ethernet or SD-WAN over the mobile technology domain.
Mary Stanhope, iMarket2 - SD-WAN Market is Opening Up
At MEF17, Mary Stanhope of iMarket2 shares her perspective that SD-WAN is no longer a conversation just for network operators. The market is opening to a range of new customer experiences. There are new opportunities for cloud providers, application providers, and IoT provider to offer SD-WAN to their users.
Erin Dunne, Vertical Systems Group - MEF 3.0: Looking to Expand the Community
Erin Dunne, Director of Research Service, Vertical Systems Group, comments on how the delivery of automated, agile services presumes a deep ecosystem and common standards. MEF 3.0 will help expand the service provider community involved in next generation services.
Shawn Hakl, SVP Business Products, Verizon, says MEF 3.0 is focused on what carriers need to interconnect in a virtual world, including security, business processes, and more. He applauds the move to also develop specs for SD-WANs, as they are taking off in the market, to enable interaction at the policy level.
Eric Bozich, VP of Products and Marketing, Wholesale, CenturyLink - MEF 3.0 is Advancing Standards & Business Processes
Eric Bozich, VP of Products and Marketing, Wholesale, CenturyLink, says new standards and technology are important for wholesale connections, but so are new business processes. In an interview at MEF 17 in Orlando, Bozich says MEF 3.0 is significantly advancing both standards and processes and enabling operators to move more deeply into the value chain and not be commoditized.
Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF - Digging Deeper Into MEF 3.0
Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF, explains how MEF 3.0 enables operators across the world to undertake a transformational journey to address the demanding communications needs of the digital economy. He highlights 4 key elements of MEF 3.0 and explains their relevance to service providers. h
Eric Bozich, VP of Products and Marketing, Wholesale, Century Link - Level 3 Integration, MEF 3.0
Eric Bozich, VP of Products and Marketing, Century Link, talks about the challenges and opportunities of integrating Level 3 into CenturyLink and gives his thoughts on the recently announced MEF 3.0 specifications.
Adam Saenger, VP, Networking Solutions, CenturyLink - Advanced Networking Services & MEF's Role in Driving Innovation
Adam Saenger, VP of Networking Solutions, CenturyLink, talks about advanced services now that the company has completed its strategic merger with Level 3 Communications. He notes that CenturyLink is excited by MEF's work in bringing service providers together to improve their operational efficiency in delivering advanced services, including those that leverage inter-carrier APIs.
Josh Goodell, VP, Intelligent Edge, AT&T - 2018 is About Creating Intelligence at the Edge
Josh Goodell, VP, Intelligent Edge, AT&T, shares his view that 2017 was all about virtualizing the edge and 2018 will be about creating intelligence at the edge and expanding it to the cloud. Josh also notes the important role that MEF 3.0 will play in federating networks.
Shawn Hakl, SVP, Business Products, Verizon - MEF 3.0 Will Accelerate SD-WAN Services
Shawn Hakl, Senior Vice President, Business Products, Verizon and MEF Board Member, shares his perspective on how MEF 3.0 brings together all of the components that are needed to be successful in advanced services, including SD-WAN.
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.
Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF, Standards Pace Accelerating
Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF, points to inter-carrier operation of SDN services only a year after that work began as an example of how quickly industry can move. He also explains how MEF 3.0 is intended to speed that process even further.
Bithika Khargharia, Technical Program Manager, MEF, discusses the MEF17 LSO Hackathon and how it attracted participants to work on several projects in various layers of lifecycle service orchestration.
Light Reading Head of Video Dan Allen and Editor-at-Large Carol Wilson spent the week at MEF17 in Orlando. They took a closer look at the leading players and the biggest issues, including MEF 3.0, SD-WAN, and the persistent challenges around rethinking the traditional telco culture. This video includes comments from (1) Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF, (2) Eric Bozich, VP, Product & Marketing, Wholesale, CenturyLink, (3) Shawn Hakl, SVP, Business Products, Verizon, and (4) Josh Goodell, VP, Intelligent Edge, AT&T.
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.