MEF Network-as-a-Service

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Architecting a New Generation of NaaS

The communication industry’s digital transformation continues to accelerate; enterprises now expect cloud-like experiences for on-demand services with enhanced user control, real-time and application-driven changes, end-to-end performance visibility, pay-as-you-go, monthly subscription options, and more.

Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) presents a new-paradigm solution by combining on-demand connectivity, application assurance, cybersecurity, and multi-cloud-based services delivered across a standards-based automated ecosystem of partners.

However, the NaaS market cannot reach its full potential without better alignment of the broader community of stakeholders and elimination of confusion regarding the definition of NaaS, its principal features, and terminology.

MEF’s Vision for Network-as-a-Service (NaaS)

A new generation of Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) will combine on-demand connectivity, application assurance, cybersecurity, and multi-cloud-based services across a standards-based automated ecosystem, to help organizations achieve business goals without having to build and maintain their own infrastructure.

Diagram Ecosystem


Network-as-a-Service Building Blocks

MEF defines the building blocks for a NaaS industry model that enables rapid innovation. The baseline begins with the MEF3.0 Global Services Framework for LSO automation APIs, standardized services, testing, training & certification, and references work from other industry bodies.

This baseline is augmented by the ability to integrate and automate a rich partner ecosystem. The model enables service providers to differentiate their offerings and gain competitive advantage to address the requirements of enterprises and small-and-midsize businesses (SMBs).


The MEF NaaS Industry Blueprint

MEF is leading the industry initiative to collaborate and create a common blueprint for understanding and further defining NaaS.

MEF Network-as-a-Service Industry Blueprint:

  • Frames the NaaS market opportunity.
  • Defines NaaS and its core components and capabilities.
  • Presents initial NaaS use cases in the areas of on-demand transport, SD-WAN, SASE, and multi-cloud.
  • Proposes primary building blocks of NaaS solutions, including services, automation platforms, ecosystem, and certifications.
  • References available MEF services and LSO automation APIs standards for building and delivering NaaS.
  • Summarizes industry NaaS efforts by the other standards bodies and open source initiatives.

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