Application-Optimized SD-WAN

Automated integration of Kubernetes-hosted applications using Cloud Native SD-WAN.

MEF 3.0 PoC (136)

Integration between MEF SD-WAN and Kubernetes-hosted applications. The Cloud Native SD-WAN automates the workflow between NetOps and DevOps by mapping application-specific annotations to MEF SD-WAN application profiles and policies. This mapping enables the use of multiple underlay networks with different performance characteristics to provide an optimized overlay network that meets the needs of the applications.​

136 - Open Source Cloud

Significance

Combining MEF standards and Linux Foundation open-source projects demonstrates integration of vendor-based and open-source SD-WAN solutions, providing standardized MEF SD-WAN services to cloud native workloads, realized as Kubernetes-hosted applications.

Inspiration

Bridging the gap between fractured, over-hyped, proprietary SD-WAN solutions and the promise of dynamic, optimized networking for massively scalable, cloud native application workloads by combining standardized MEF SD-WAN services and Kubernetes-hosted application workloads within the open-source Cloud Native SD-WAN project.

Near Future

Automation of manual processes typically needed to communicate identification of application workloads from cloud application provider domain (DevOps) and mapping to desired networking policies in service provider domain (NetOps) through use of APIs communicated across standardized reference points in the MEF LSO architecture.

Action Needed

SD-WAN APIs prototyped in this PoC need to be standardized within the MEF LSO architecture. Kubernetes APIs prototyped in this POC need to be adopted within the CNCF community.

Without This PoC

Without this PoC, manual configuration and proprietary APIs will continue to be used to create customized solutions to an industry need. Efforts by MEF to provide standardized SD-WAN service definitions and APIs will pass as ships in the night with efforts by CNCF to provide advanced networking for cloud-native application workloads.

PoC Participants

PoC 136 Diagram - Application-Optimized SD-WAN

What Are the Takeaways for MEF and its Members?

Rather than time-consuming error-prone coordination of service provider IT teams and application developers to ensure suitable SD-WAN configuration, Kubernetes-based applications can ‘advertise’ their requirements automatically to self-configuring SD-WAN services.

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