Introduction to MEF Member Meetings
MEF Quarterly and Annual Meetings are the gathering place of our increasingly diverse membership community where we:
- Inform members of active work taking place across projects and other initiatives
- On-board and educate new participants
- Advance specification, API and MEF 3.0 implementation projects on MEFnet
- Develop and refine marketing projects and certification programs
- Brainstorm and initiate new work in support of MEF's vision
- Network with MEF colleagues and representatives of partner organizations from around the globe
Nashville Annual Meeting Highlights
- New Participant Orientation: Get a quick start on MEF engagement by learning about how MEF works, member tools, communications and more
- Opening Plenary: Featuring a presentation and discussion of the recently released MEF Technical Strategy and a Board of Directors Senior Executive Panel featuring large US operators
- Drinks Reception: Immediately following the plenary, a great opportunity to network!
- Birds of a Feather: A popular Monday evening pre-dinner gathering over snacks and refreshments, featuring a Virtual Cloud Exchange topic
- MEF Workshops: Featuring a special LSO Sonata Early Adopters Workshop, MEF Workshops explore all aspects of MEF 3.0, including services, SD-WAN, 5G, LSO Framework & APIs, implementations projects, new certifications
- Board of Directors Elections
- Committee Working Meetings: Individual committee tracks to progress the numerous works of MEF: Services, LSO, Applications, Marketing & Education, and Certification
Important: We are now requesting those attending the meeting remotely register.
Remote Meeting Access
While attending in person is most effective, we provide remote access for selected sessions for members who are unable to attend via GoToMeeting - MEF Members Meeting Remote Access
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Nashville
2100 West End Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee, 37203
MEF special rate of $229 USD + 15.25% + $2.50 tax is available until July 6, 2018 and includes wi-fi in your guest room. This rate is available three (3) days prior and post event subject to hotel availability. A deposit is not required, but all reservations require a credit card to hold the reservation. Reservations can be cancelled 48 hours prior to arrival by 4PM CST without penalty. If cancelled after 4PM CST, a cancellation fee of one night's room and tax will apply.
Located only a mile from the famous honkey-tonks of Broadway and music row, the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Nashville is centrally located in the heart of Music City.
Temperatures in July average 85° F (30° C).
Loews Reservations: After July 6, please call +1 615.320.1700 to book your hotel room at the MEF rate.
MEF 3.0 is a transformational global services framework for defining, delivering, and certifying agile, assured, and orchestrated communication services across a global ecosystem of automated networks. MEF 3.0 blends sophisticated, standardized services with an emerging suite of LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) APIs to provide an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with unprecedented user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities.
MEF 3.0 is comprised of four major elements:
Standardized, Orchestrated Services. The MEF 3.0 service family includes dynamic Carrier Ethernet, Layer 1, IP, SD-WAN, Security-as-a-Service, and other virtualized services that will be orchestrated over programmable networks using LSO APIs. MEF 3.0 CE R1 is the first release within the MEF 3.0 framework.
LSO APIs. MEF’s LSO Reference Architecture guides agile development of standardized LSO APIs that enable orchestration of MEF 3.0 services across multiple providers and over multiple network technology domains (e.g., Packet WAN, Optical Transport, SD-WAN, 5G, etc.).
Service and Technology Certifications. MEF is increasing the agility of its popular certification programs to accelerate availability and adoption of MEF 3.0 certified services and technologies. MEF 3.0 certification is delivered by MEF’s testing partner, Iometrix, using an advanced cloud-based virtualized test platform that empowers companies to certify that their services and technologies comply with the latest MEF 3.0 standards.
Expanded Community Collaboration. MEF is working with many of the world’s leading service and technology providers, open source projects, certified professionals, standards associations, universities and enterprises to realize a shared vision of dynamic services orchestrated across automated networks.
MEF has created a new compute, storage, and networking platform – MEFnet – that enables development, testing, integration, and showcasing of MEF 3.0 implementations using open source and commercial products. MEF 3.0 implementation projects will help accelerate the understanding and adoption of MEF 3.0, as well as provide immediate feedback for standards development within MEF.
Please see recent MEF 3.0 videos below that include numerous industry perspectives on our exciting work:
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Next Members Meeting
Save the Date Los Angeles!: Q4 Members Meeting will be held 1-2 November 2018 co-located with MEF18. Details coming soon!