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.
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 and MEF Board Member, 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, MEF, 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.
Michael Howard, IHS Markit - MEF Plays a Critical Role in Defining SD-WAN & Other Services
Michael Howard, Senior Research Director, IHS Markit - Technology, highlights MEF's critical role in helping the industry define new services like SD-WAN. Michael also shares his view that when we look back at 2017, we'll say it was the year that SDN became real with widespread deployments benefiiting customers.
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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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.