New MEF SD-WAN and SASE FAQs Available: Answers to Your Top 23 Questions

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What is MEF’s role in the SD-WAN and SASE markets?

What are some key SD-WAN and SASE standards coming up in 2022?

What is next for certification of SD-WAN and SASE for services and technologies?

These are just a few of the answers you will find in the newly released MEF SD-WAN & SASE Frequently Asked Questions. The FAQ addresses 23 common questions that will bring you up to speed on the latest MEF developments regarding SD-WAN, SASE, Zero Trust, SD-WAN interoperability at the Universal SD-WAN Edge, SD-WAN performance monitoring, SD-WAN orchestration, network slicing and SD-WAN, SD-WAN certification programs, and more.

MEF is the world’s top industry organization shaping the SD-WAN services market through standardization and certification of services, technologies, and professionals, as outlined in our recent news. We are excited to spotlight newly published SD-WAN standards that add critical enhancements, including measurable performance metrics for policy-defined application flows, service attributes for underlay connectivity, and security zones for service providers deploying SD-WAN managed services.

Building upon our SD-WAN work and leadership standardizing the most advanced network services, MEF also is working diligently to standardize a SASE services framework that can be used by enterprises and service providers to transform consumption of cloud services and applications in the form of SASE services.

MEF thus far has initiated 25+ SD-WAN and SASE standards-related initiatives within the context of the MEF 3.0 Global Services Framework. This work is part of a transformational mission to define, deliver, and certify dynamic SD-WAN, SASE, Edge Computing, Carrier Ethernet, IP, and Optical Transport services orchestrated across automated networks using LSO APIs. A principal goal is to empower customers with hybrid networking solutions that provide unprecedented user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities, guaranteed performance, and security.

Professionals from dozens of member companies have participated in MEF projects, incubation groups, proof of concept demonstrations, workshops, webinars, events, white papers, and other initiatives related to SD-WAN and SASE. Together, their work is helping to accelerate service innovation, increase industry efficiencies, and improve customer experience. 

We express a special thanks to the companies participating in the development of the new MEF 70.1 SD-WAN Service Attributes and Services Framework and MEF 88 Application Flow Security for SD-WAN standards. They include AT&T, Bell Canada, CMC Networks, Orange, PCCW Global, Cisco, Fortinet, Versa Networks, Nokia, Albis-Elcon, Ciena, Fujitsu, Futurewei, Oracle, and Spirent.

Check out the FAQ to learn how you can get involved in and benefit from MEF’s work. As an added bonus, find out what nearly 30 industry professionals have been saying about MEF’s SD-WAN and SASE standardization and SD-WAN certification.

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Stan Hubbard

Principal Analyst | MEF

As Principal Analyst with MEF, Stan Hubbard engages with executives and other experts from the world’s most innovative communications service and technology companies. His key areas of focus include service automation, SD-WAN, SASE & more related to digital transformation. For more than 23 years Stan has been in the communications industry in various roles including strategic marketing, industry analysis, analyst relations, public relations, global event programming, and public speaking.