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The Third Network: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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What is The Third Network and MEF's Network as a Service?

The Third Network, built using Network as a Service principles, combines the performance and security assurances of CE 2.0 and the agility and ubiquity of the Internet.

MEF Network as a Service is a self-service, on demand network connectivity service delivered between physical or virtual service endpoints.  It gives service providers the agility to deliver assured services backed by SLAs.  MEF Network as a Service APIs, Information Models and Service Definitions enable Lifecycle Orchestration and automation across multi-vendor, multi-technology network domains.

Why a Third Network?

The Third Network  brings a new network experience to millions of new users to significantly grow the market for all stakeholders. It gives unprecedented levels of network control to for new and evolving types of cloud-centric applications and control for network connectivity services within current network architectures as well as emerging SDN and NFV implementations.

Lifecycle Service Orchestration

MEF is defining Lifecycle Service Orchestration with APIs for existing networks, NVF & SDN implementations, enabling Agile, Assured and Orchestrated Network as a Service Worldwide.

Does the Third Network replace current public, private and virtual private networks?

No, not at all. CE 2.0 is the foundation of the Third Network MEF. Now these same services, evolving to CE Network as a Service, will become more available and more dynamic because of the MEF's new API, information model and service orchestration work. New service enhancements will continue to add value but CE 2.0 certification will remain valid and are extremely valuable.

What is the relationship between Carrier Ethernet 2.0 and The Third Network?

  •  Carrier Ethernet 2.0
    • Static services
    • Ordered services
  • Carrier Ethernet, Network as a Service (The Third Network)
    • On Demand services
    • User-controlled services

Is CE 2.0 now obsolete and should products and services still be certified?

CE 2.0 is certainly not obsolete. CE 2.0 is the foundation of the Third Network. Now these same services will become more available and more dynamic because of the new API, Information Model and service orchestration work. New  service enhancements as they have done will continue to add value but CE 2.0 certification will remain valid and extremely valuable. That’s the strength of CE 2.0.

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