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Enabling Dynamic MEF 3.0 Services Over Automated Networks

 

Mexico City – 20 June 2018

With the launch of MEF 3.0, MEF is accelerating the ability of service providers to create a global ecosystem of networks that deliver agile, assured, and orchestrated services optimized for the digital economy. These game-changing services provide an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with user and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities.

This seminar will provide an overview of key MEF 3.0 work areas, including: (1) standardized, orchestrated Carrier Ethernet, IP, and SD-WAN services, (2) LSO APIs for service orchestration across multiple providers and over multiple technology domains, (3) New agile service & technology certification and professional certification programs, (4) MEF's role in the emergence of 5G networks, and (5) New MEF 3.0 Implementation Projects on MEFnet.

Thank you to our sponsors!

 

Ciena     

Further, the seminars will examine the progress on new service developments in the CALA region and the expected impact of MEF 3.0 on regional services providers. New MEF engagement opportunities will be discussed related to MEF’s growing global community of service providers, technology solution suppliers, developers, open source projects and SDOs partners, large enterprise advisors, and MEF certified professionals.

Agenda

Wednesday 20 June 2018

 

Session Title

Description

Speaker

9:30 Registration Opens: Welcome Coffee & Networking
10:30

Opening Remarks & MEF Regional Activities Update

The opening session will discuss the seminar objectives, agenda and key takeaways that the participants to consider. Further, the expanding nature of the "MEF Community" will be discussed including MEF regional 2018 activities and new opportunities for participation. The audience will be queried for any special topical requests.

Emerson Moura
Distinguished Systems Engineer, Cisco
10:50

MEF Global Perspective - Presentation & On-stage Interview

In November 2017, MEF introduced the MEF 3.0 transformational framework to define, deliver, and certify agile, assured, and orchestrated services across a global ecosystem of automated networks. Emerging MEF 3.0 services will provide an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with unprecedented user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities.

MEF's COO, Kevin Vachon will present perspectives on relevant global services trends, the rationale for MEF 3.0, early industry adoption and progress on MEF 3.0 projects. In particular, he will discuss Tier 1 operator trends and their potential impact on providers in the CALA region. He will cover how MEF's business model is transforming to enable new forms of participation, to place more emphasis on tangible implementations and to meet the increasing demands for process agility and speed to market for new MEF works.

The presentation will be followed by a on-stage interview conducted by Emerson Moura.

Kevin Vachon
Chief Operating Officer, MEF

Interview by Emerson Moura
Distinguished Systems Engineer, Cisco

11:20

Introducing the MEF 3.0 Framework

This session provides an overview of the major elements of the MEF 3.0 services framework and a high level roadmap of the transition from CE 2.0 services to the various stages of MEF 3.0 evolution. MEF 3.0 elements includes Services, LSO Framework and APIs, Certification and Community.

John Hawkins
Senior Advisor, Product and Technical Marketing, Ciena
11:50 Break: Networking & Sponsor's Solutions Briefing
12:20

MEF 3.0 Services

This segment outlines the services components of MEF 3.0. MEF 3.0 drives continuous development of the world’s most advanced standards-based network services. The planned 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 (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) APIs.

MEF 3.0 CE R1 is the first available release within the MEF 3.0 framework, while work on standardizing other orchestration-ready services is progressing. CE 2.0 and MEF 3.0 CE Release 1 services are compared and a progress report and roadmap on all major areas of services standardization is reviewed. A second special area of focus is MEF's SD-WAN activities.

John Hawkins
Senior Advisor, Product and Technical Marketing, Ciena
12:50

Panel: Next Gen Services – Regional Perspectives from CALA

Service providers are starting to invest in open platforms based on SDN/NFV technologies and reshaping how they offer hybrid WAN services. This includes variations on some old technology with some new emerging technology. The WAN and mix of network services are just the beginning.

On this panel, we will hear a perspective on evolving network services requirements, including the need for end-to-end visibility. Service providers will share their thoughts on the evolution of MEF services in CALA, including MEF 3.0, CE 2.0 success stories, challenges and opportunities, and near and medium term plans for new service roll-outs.

Moderator:
Emerson Moura
Distinguished Systems Engineer, Cisco

Panelist:
Israel Vazquez
System Engineer LATAM, Telco Systems

13:30 Lunch: Networking & Sponsor's Solutions Briefing
14:30

MEF 3.0 Lifecycle Services Orchestration (LSO) Framework and APIs

MEF’s LSO Reference Architecture (MEF 55) guides agile development of standardized models, processes, tools, and LSO APIs for end-to-end orchestration of MEF 3.0 services across multiple providers and over multiple network technology domains (e.g., Optical Transport, CE, IP, 5G, etc.).

This segment will cover the fundamentals of the LSO RA, discuss LSO API and SDK (software development kit) roadmaps, and share examples of standards and open source collaboration on LSO development. MEF is working to create a suite of inter-provider LSO APIs dealing with automation of commercial contractual agreements, address validation, serviceability, ordering, quoting, billing, assurance, testing, and change management.

Emerson Moura
Distinguished Systems Engineer, Cisco

15:00

MEF 3.0 Implementation Projects: Accelerating New Service Deployments

MEF’s new business model supports use-case driven live prototype implementations of numerous MEF 3.0 service configurations on the MEF sandboxing platform ‘MEFnet’, designed to accelerate the understanding and adoption of MEF 3.0, as well as to provide immediate feedback to the standards development projects in MEF.

In this segment, we explore MEF 3.0 service implementations including achievements and lessons learned, the plan to evolve these projects during 2018, other projects on the roadmap for the year and opportunities for participation. Projects described include the following and more:

  • Service Fulfillment and Activation
  • Multi-vendor SD-WAN Services
  • Service Telemetry
  • Multi-Operator ONAP
  • Security-as-a-Service

Kevin Vachon
Chief Operating Officer, MEF

15:30 Break: Networking & Sponsor's Solutions Briefing
16:00

MEF 3.0 Services/Technology Certification & MEF Professional Certification Programs

MEF has increased the agility of its popular Services/Technology Certification Programs and expanded its Professional Certification Program to accelerate development and adoption of MEF 3.0 services and technologies.

The MEF 3.0 framework provides the ability, for the first time, to move to an incremental release approach for both services and LSO APIs and to tightly align certification with each release. MEF 3.0 certification is delivered by MEF’s testing partner, Iometrix, on a revolutionary on-demand, cloud-based virtual test platform with user-initiated testing.

In 2017, MEF introduced a new Professional Certification Framework for creating a global base of certified professionals with the leading-edge skills required to build automated networks powered by LSO, SDN, NFV, and CE. The framework expands upon MEF’s popular Carrier Ethernet Certified Professionals (MEF-CECP) program to add new MEF Network Foundations (MEF-NF) and MEF-SDN & NFV Professional Certifications.

John Hawkins
Senior Advisor, Product and Technical Marketing, Ciena

16:30

MEF 3.0 & The Road to 5G: Transport, Network Slicing, Orchestration, and Fixed-Mobile Convergence

5G aims to provide higher capacity and higher density broadband, low latency, ultra-reliable communication, and massive machine-to-machine communication (IoT). These characteristics of 5G will also expedite the Fixed–mobile convergence, providing a superior experience to customers by creating seamless services using a combination of fixed broadband and access wireless technologies. 5G imposes requirements on both the mobile and transport networks as well as on the orchestration of the network and the services.

MEF has a long history of providing service definitions for mobile transport supporting 2G through 4G/LTE. MEF 5G work addresses the new latency, isolation, and capacity requirements of 5G as well as the management and orchestration of the network and the services. This segment provides an overview of the new requirements of 5G and the MEF 3.0 work to address them: Transport for 5G, Network Slicing, Orchestrating 5G Services, and Services over 5G.

Emerson Moura
Distinguished Systems Engineer, Cisco
17:00 Closing Remarks and Questions
17:10 - 18:10 Drinks Reception & Networking

Materials

Document

Link

Agenda, presented by Emerson Moura
MEF Global Perspective - Presentation & On-stage Interview, interview by Emerson Moura
Introducing the MEF 3.0 Framework, presented by John Hawkins
MEF 3.0 Services, presented by John Hawkins
Panel: Next Gen Services, moderated by Kevin Vachon
MEF 3.0 Lifecycle Services Orchestration (LSO) Framework and APIs, presented by Emerson Moura
MEF 3.0 Implementation Projects: Accelerating New Service Deployments, presented by Kevin Vachon
MEF 3.0 Services/Technology Certification & MEF Professional Certification Programs, presented by John Hawkins
MEF 3.0 & The Road to 5G, presented by Emerson Moura
Closing Remarks, presented by Kevin Vachon

Speakers

John Hawkins
Senior Advisor, Product and Technical Marketing, Ciena

John Hawkins is Senior Advisor for Product and Technical Marketing at Ciena where he supports the company’s Packet Networking product line. Joining Ciena in 2009, John has held positions in business development, marketing, and product management functions. John is active in networking industry conferences and standards development, and currently serves as co-chair of MEF’s Certification Committee.

Prior to joining Ciena, John was with Nortel where he was responsible for Carrier Ethernet product management. His projects included a number of innovative technology building blocks within Nortel’s Optical Ethernet portfolio. John began his career at GE as an IC designer, and later product manager in the Aerospace Division.

John is a frequent contributor to the MEF and sought-after industry speaker. John holds a BSEE from North Carolina State, an MS in Telecommunications from Southern Methodist University, as well as an MBA from Duke University.

Emerson Moura
Distinguished Systems Engineer, Cisco & MEF CALA Marketing Co-Chair

Emerson is a Distinguished Systems Engineer for Cisco in Latin America and is responsible for working with service providers on end-to-end, converged, multi-service network architectures. He has over 16 years of experience in the Telecommunications industry working with Optical Transport, IP/MPLS, Carrier Ethernet, IP+Optical convergence and more recently on SDN/NFV.

Emerson is also an active member of MEF where he's currently the Co-Chair for the Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) region.

He is a frequent speaker at industry events and has co-authored scientific papers have been presented at major industry conferences including MPLS & Ethernet World Congress and OFC/NFOEC.

He's graduated in Electrical Engineering by the FEI College of Industrial Engineering in São Paulo-Brasil and is certified as a Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) and MEF Carrier Ethernet Professional CECP 2.0.

Kevin Vachon
Chief Operating Officer, MEF

As MEF COO since 2006, Kevin leads a team that builds, supports and scales the MEF’s ever-increasing mix of global programs activities. During Kevin’s tenure, membership has tripled to over 210 companies, representing 43 countries, service provider membership has increased ten fold and MEF certification programs have become globally adopted and widely recognized.

Kevin is a frequent speaker at conferences, a senior MEF representative to the press and analyst community and oversees MEF relationships with open source projects and standards organizations. Kevin is also the founder and Executive Director of MEF’s annual flagship industry conference, entitled MEF18.

Prior to joining MEF, Kevin held the position of CEO of DIATEM Networks Inc., a Carrier Ethernet software company from 2003 to 2005 and was President and CEO of NUVO Network Management, a network management outsourcing firm, from 1996 to 2002. Previously, he held other senior management positions with NUVO and spent 10 years in a wide variety of capacities with Gandalf Technologies, a network equipment manufacturer.

Israel Vazquez
System Engineer LATAM, Telco Systems

Israel has 20+ years experience in the Telecom industry market in Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean (CALA), including working for Ericsson, Avait Networks, Ceragon Networks, and his current position as System Engineer LATAM at Telco Systems. Previous positions include Field & Operation Engineer, Project Manager, Technical Support Manager, Technical Trainer, Sales Engineer, and PreSales Manager. He has a Telecommunications and Electronics Engineering Bachelor degree from Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico City.

Venue

Venue

NH Collection Hotel Mexico City Reforma
Liverpool, 155
Zona Rosa 06600 Mexico City
Mexico

Contact

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