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.
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).