Tuesday, March 1, 2016

MEF Appoints CTO, Launches Layer 3 IP Project

The MEF has appointed Pascal Menezes as its first-ever Chief Technology Officer. Menezes formerly was Principal at Microsoft Skype for Business. In this new role, he will lead the MEF’s technical strategy and align key work programs internally and in conjunction with the open source and SDO partners.

The MEF also announced an expansion of the scope of its work to accelerate the transition to agile, assured, and orchestrated Third Network services.

The new Layer 3 IP project will create a standard set of service attributes that can be used to define IP services delivered over a single provider network or over multiple interconnected networks. Having standardized service attributes – consistent and compatible with the globally adopted CE 2.0 services framework – will allow Layer 3 providers to leverage LSO definitions work and the new LSO Reference Architecture to create agile, assured, and orchestrated IP services.

"The new MEF project on IP Service Attributes is the first step in incorporating IP Services into the MEF LSO framework,” said David Ward, CTO of Engineering and Chief Architect, Cisco. “It enables the definition of standard LSO APIs and Yang modules at the service layer for managing and monitoring IP Services - including inter-provider services -  that are consistent with the LSO Reference Architecture used for Carrier Ethernet services.  Enabling automation of inter-provider IP services is a key pain point for our Service Provider customers today, which this work will help address."

The MEF now has more than 30 ongoing projects and initiatives, including a new project on Layer 3 IP service attributes that is a key step toward enabling multi-operator orchestration of IP services using MEF LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration).


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