The Industry Common Language for SD-WAN Services
MEF 3.0 SD-WAN
SD-WAN Service Constructs
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
MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Initiatives
Contribute to MEF SD-WAN-focused standardization projects: LSO APIs,
Application Security and Intent Based Networking
Michael Strople, President, Allstream
Customers are embracing SD-WAN to improve network performance, obtain affordable and reliable connectivity to cloud applications, and gain greater visibility and control over network services. MEF’s SD-WAN service standardization will benefit all industry stakeholders by eliminating confusion regarding SD-WAN service components, core capabilities, and concepts. Standardization also will enable service and technology providers to focus on providing a core set of common capabilities and then building on that for differentiated offerings, helping ensure maximum flexibility for customers.
Mirko Voltolini, Global Head of Network of Demand, Colt Technology Services
The MEF 70 standard sets the foundation for the adoption of common SD-WAN service attributes between service providers. The definition of a common standard for SD-WAN services will allow the industry to coordinate and align on the technology development. It will enable us to build end to end services across disparate service providers’ domains and serve our global customer needs.
Ralph Santitoro, Head of SDN/NFV/SD-WAN Services, Fujitsu Network Communications
SD-WAN services are transformative and have raised the expectations for network services. They enable subscribers to focus on application performance and visibility and apply policies to regulate compliance based on business importance and security. SD-WAN services also facilitate and accelerate an enterprise’s multi-cloud digital transformation. The MEF 70 standard is the commencement of several MEF SD-WAN projects that I anticipate will simplify operations and accelerate the time to sell, deploy and support SD-WAN services.
Rosemary Cochran, Principal Analyst & Co-Founder, Vertical Systems Group
In the latest MEF/Vertical survey, service providers worldwide cited the lack of an industry-accepted SD-WAN definition as a major business challenge. MEF is tackling this key issue with the first SD-WAN Service Standard resource that defines the common terminology and framework needed by service providers and technology suppliers working to expand the SD-WAN market.
Greg Bryan, Senior Manager, Enterprise Research, TeleGeography
Our WAN Manager Survey indicates that in 2018 fewer than 1/5th of enterprises had already installed SD-WAN and 1/3 were still researching their SD-WAN options. With dozens of potential suppliers to choose from – from technology start-ups to large SD-WAN managed service providers – WAN managers will benefit from the standards MEF has worked to create in this space.