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The Industry Common Language for SD-WAN Services
MEF 3.0 SD-WAN
MEF’s SD-WAN service definition standard describes requirements for an application-aware, over-the-top WAN connectivity service that uses policies to determine how application flows are directed over multiple underlay networks irrespective of the underlay technologies or service providers who deliver them.
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SD-WAN Service Constructs
MEF SD-WAN Service Constructs May 2019-2
SD-WAN Edge
Physical or virtual
SD-WAN Controller
Centralized management of SD-WAN edges & gateways
Service Orchestrator
Lifecycle Service Orchestration of SD-WAN and other services
Subscriber Web Portal
Subscriber service ordering and modification

SD-WAN Standard Service Results
  • Reducing market confusion
  • Focusing industry on core set of capabilities
  • Enabling SD-WAN service automation
  • Supporting future SD-WAN services certification
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1. How would you characterize today’s SD-WAN market?

The SD-WAN market is one of the hottest in the communications industry, with tens of billions of dollars in revenue at stake throughout the next 5 years. IDC estimates that the global SD-WAN infrastructure market (excluding managed services) will reach $US 5.3 billion by 2023 due to strong enterprise demand and the embrace of SD-WAN by leading service providers seeking to provide enterprises with dynamic management of hybrid WAN connections with guaranteed QoS on a per-application basis. The US managed SD-WAN services market alone is projected to reach $US 4.5 billion by 2023, according to Vertical Systems Group.

Today’s SD-WAN market shares similarities to the early days of today’s $US 80+billion Carrier Ethernet market before standardization and services, technology, and professional certification took hold. There is lot of excitement about performance/price advantages, greater flexibility, etc., but there is also a huge need for education and alignment on terminology to help increase market efficiencies.

2. What is MEF’s role in the SD-WAN market and how does this relate to the broader connectivity services market?
3. What is in the SD-WAN standard and why is it relevant?
4. What is next for SD-WAN standardization?
5. Can you explain MEF’s work on application security for SD-WAN?
6. Can you explain MEF’s approach to intent-based networking (IBN) for SD-WAN?
7. Can you elaborate on MEF’s LSO work related to orchestration of SD-WAN services?
8. Can you explain your SD-WAN partnership with ONUG and why it is important?
9. How long do you think it will take for industry players to align on SD-WAN standards?
10. What is the status of SD-WAN certification and does that cover?
11. Will MEF be introducing SD-WAN professional certification?
12. Does MEF 70 deal with interoperability among SD-WAN technology vendors?
13. How can service, technology, or enterprise professionals participate in or learn more about MEF’s SD-WAN work?
14. What are leading industry professionals saying about MEF’s SD-WAN standardization and certification work?

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MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Initiatives
 Engage in development of MEF 70.1 (Phase 2 of the SD-WAN Service
          standard)
Participate in pilot MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Service Certification 
 Assist SD-WAN skills development with MEF 3.0 SDN/NFV Professional
          Training & Certification
 Contribute to MEF SD-WAN-focused standardization projects: LSO APIs,
          Application Security and Intent Based Networking
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