To date, MEF has published 55 specifications and related documents. CE 2.0 is a globally recognized and certifiable services framework that references many of these published documents, simplifying the development of vendor products, retail, wholesale business services and mobile backhaul service configurations. MEF’s work provides for full network-network interconnectivity enabling providers to deliver end-end SLAs and service automation, once orchestration capabilities are added. MEF’s latest specification is MEF 55 – the LSO Reference Architecture, a document that will be the guidepost for our MEF Open initiatives.
MEF Open Initiatives
OpenCS enables our member companies to develop reference implementations of MEF-defined L2-L7 connectivity services based on Open Source software and Open Spec hardware, SDN, NFV and traditional equipment.
OpenLSO is an ecosystem for aligning Open Source service orchestration solutions with the LSO Reference Architecture and the emerging MEF-defined LSO specifications.
MEF LSO Hackathons are accelerators and act as a focal point for the MEF OpenLSO and OpenCS work. They are heavily promoted and are growing quickly in popularity. https://wiki.mef.net/display/LH/MEF+LSO+Hackathon
MEFnet is the hosting environment for the hardware and software components of OpenLSO and OpenCS implementations. MEFnet is designed to be distributed among different test labs, and to be accessible for LSO Hackathons and ongoing MEF development and testing work. It is currently centered in South San Francisco at member company Iometrix’s facilities, and includes OpenCS instances comprising various vendor PNFs, as well as OpenDaylight, ONOS, XOS and Cloudify Open Source code. It is expected that MEFnet will be extended over the course of 2016 to include additional labs and setups in different parts of the globe.
With the 130+ service provider membership, contributors to MEF Open initiatives are well positioned to highlight their solutions and embed them into implementations that will be referenced and used by a broad section of the service provider market.
Equipment, Services and LSO Certifications - CE 2.0 certification (95+ companies have CE 2.0 certification of their Carrier Ethernet services and equipment) is a very valuable brand demonstrating compliance with MEF specifications and through that, quality that customers can rely on. The MEF's Certification Registry is also a very valuable location for MEF members to highlight their certifications. https://www.mef.net/certification/services-certification-registry. Membership is required in order for your company to be certified.
Later in 2016, the MEF will be extending its Certifications Program to include LSO Certification starting with LSO Presto and LSO Sonata. Members will be directly involved in designing that program, as well as taking advantage of the resulting program for their own products.
Professional Certification – Called MEF-CECP, MEF has certified over 4,000 individuals in 76 countries and over 400 organizations in the technical fundamentals of Carrier Ethernet. Late 2016 will see the introduction of MEF-C3 Professional Certification that will address knowledge in the core concepts and terminology in the work of the MEF including CE 2.0, IP services, Service Lifecycles, LSO, OpenLSO, OpenCS, SDN, NFV and MEF certification.
The MEF also has a professionals training partner program called MEF-ATP (MEF Accredited Training Providers) that forms the core solution for educating and delivering MEF certification exams.
Education and Marketing
With a proven track record, MEF prides itself on a having a very strong marketing program platform that is successfully used to promote the global adoption of our work. Much of the marketing work is executed by our globally distributed staff, with subject matter leadership and contributions by members.
MEF Bulletins - The MEF regularly sends email update bulletins to our member database, such as quarterly meeting project summaries and marketing participation opportunities.
Third Network News - Bringing together the topics of CE 2.0, LSO, SDN and NFV, this is the MEF's news site that is populated with MEF content such as articles, press releases and videos and automatically fed with news items based on MEF-designed filters. It is also a valuable site for posting articles (both original and those originating in the press after MEF briefings), again amplifying the achievements of the MEF membership. http://www.thirdnetworknews.com
MEF White Papers – Members are encouraged to propose and contribute to the development of widely downloaded white papers. Contributors are
MEF16 - The global gathering of professionals enabling dynamic, Third Network services for the hyper-connected world will take place in Baltimore, Maryland, USA from November 7-10 - www.mef16.com. With 1200 attendees and over 60 sponsors expected, highlights include a pre-conference “New Work of the MEF day,16 PoCs, 2.5 days of conference sessions featuring world-class speakers, the MEF16 LSO Hackathon, the gala MEF Excellence Awards Dinner and the Media Hub with over 50 global press and analysts in attendance. MEF members receive special discounts on both sponsor packages and attendance passes.
MEF Proof of Concepts – 16 PoCs featuring all aspects of Third Network Services will be held in the MEF16 Networking Hall. There were 12 last year in the GEN15 Networking Hall. We expecat least 16 PoCs in MEF16. https://www.gen15.com/index.php/Venue/networking-hall-proof-of-concept.html
MEF Seminars - These are one half to one day events that can be sponsored with speaking/panel slots are available for MEF members. Content is the responsibility of the MEF but is influenced by the members, and the speakers, and company logos are shown at on the cover slide for each session. https://www.mef.net/news-events/mef-seminars
MEF Webinars - MEF uses the BrightTalk platform for both public and MEF-member only webinars on a range of topics. Members can initiate and present on webinars based on approval from the Marketing Committee. Audiences typically are over 200 (500+ registrations). https://www.mef.net/news-events/innovations-webinar-series
Other Industry Events - The MEF is invited to present at dozens of events each year with passes provided for free to the speakers. Speakers for the MEF are typically MEF members using MEF content on their own subject matter expertise and with their company logos on the title slide. This is a very valuable aspect of MEF membership providing MEF member companies with access to central industry events for free and in association with the MEF brand. https://www.mef.net/news-events/mef-events
Press Releases & Briefings - The MEF's longtime PR agency handles worldwide public relations, with ongoing communications with the press, often in local language. MEF regularly attends “NetEvents”, a special press event at which MEF conducts briefings to approximately 30 press and analysts. MEF member companies are encouraged to contribute to MEF PR by participating in interviews and articles,
The MEF regularly issues press releases that go out to both the MEF's database of around 12,000 individuals and also to a global press database. The MEF also creates select joint press releases for special stories initiated by our members. https://www.mef.net/news-events/press-releases & http://www.netevents.org