Showing posts with label #MEF18. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #MEF18. Show all posts

Thursday, December 6, 2018

MEF18 PoC - MEF 3.0 Inter-Carrier Services and Blockchain Settlement



MEF18 Proof of Concept, 29 - 31 Oct - MEF 3.0 LSO Federated Inter-Carrier Bandwidth-on-Demand Services Through Automated Discovery and Blockchain Settlement. 

PoC Participants:  PCCW Global, Sparkle, Tata Communications, SingTel, CBCcom, Liquid Telecom, Infonas, Clear, and Cataworx.

This group won the MEF18 PoC Silver Award.

Speaker:  Shahar Steiff, AVP, New Technology, PCCW Global.

A typical Communications Service Provider (CSP) owns and delivers a combination of network connectivity, compute, and storage services that are bundled into billable product offerings. It is most likely that such product offerings rely on partner CSPs that use each other’s resources to complement geographical or service capability coverage. To meet its potential, the market needs solutions that will dramatically streamline the commercial interactions between the CSP partners in the supply chain delivering such products. Those interactions typically include establishment of legal and commercial relationships, inquiries about availability of services, requests for quotes, placement of orders, billing, and settlement. As new and ever more complex products enter the market, commercial interactions based on manual intervention and processing using, for example, phone-calls, emails, and fax, will continue to consume significant time, thus delaying the delivery of these high margin services and holding back market growth.

Secure automation of these commercial interactions is highly significant for the availability of services supporting the growth of productivity and the global economy. In the immediate term, demonstrations of automation of billable connectivity/compute/storage services are of great significance to CSPs and vendors of commercial and business platforms.

This PoC provides a powerful demonstration of the dramatic reduction in time and resources required by service providers and partner operators throughout the commercial and business phases of the lifecycle of each service, as well as the ability to offer new products and services with deployment times significantly shorter than the current typical weeks or months. The PoC is based on the distributed ledger paradigm where commercially-sensitive transactions and information are managed using blockchain technology. Although blockchain is popularly perceived as being synonymous with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, blockchain can be used for a large variety of applications of distributed ledgers, including global supply chain verticals. The PoC illustrates the automation of commercial interactions, including product offer discovery, recursive quoting, and blockchain-based settlement and clearing across a network of seven wholesale/transit operator domains.

In addition, automated commercial interactions require machine-to-machine interfaces standardized and designed in such a way that they can be used by most, if not all, the suppliers and customers of these connectivity, compute, and storage billable services. MEF is making progress in standardizing business interaction interfaces (LSO Sonata APIs) which form an important part of this demonstration. These APIs have been combined in this demonstration with smart contract technology in which pre-standardized commercial and business service attributes are captured and expressed dynamically in machine form.  This combination of MEF-defined APIs, smart contract technology, and the secure distributed ledger paradigm based on blockchain technology will enable the dramatic reduction of time and human resources in querying, quoting, ordering, billing, and settlement between stakeholders in the WAN-based services market, as well as the explosive growth of new services based on end-to-end, multi-domain, automation.

Save the date for MEF19, 18-22 November 2019, JW Marriott, LA LIVE, Los Angeles.

https://youtu.be/Lv8IH1ds4uc

MEF18 PoC - Blockchain-Based Carrier Marketplace for LSO Sonata



MEF18 Proof of Concept, 29 - 31 Oct - Blockchain-Based Carrier Marketplace for LSO Sonata. PoC Participants:  Colt Technology Services & Zeetta Networks. 

Speaker: Joan A. Garcia EspĂ­n, Director of Product Management, Zeetta Networks.

Today, carriers have to build formal agreements with every off-net provider with which they want to do business. This limits the commercial engagement to providers with whom we place a larger number of off-net orders.  Engaging with more off-net providers with whom we only will place a handful of orders is expensive, and the cost (especially in terms of manpower) of doing so more than outweighs the potential benefit.  As a result we pay more for off-net circuits than we could because we use larger providers as intermediaries to do business with smaller providers.  These “aggregators” add their own margin in these transactions, which effectively acts as a “tax” that carriers pay for working in this model.

Blockchain could be used to establish a circle-of-trust that service providers, large and small, can join that gives each access to a larger market of suppliers with whom to do business with directly, whilst in tandem bringing about a massive reduction of the overhead of bilateral agreements.

We would achieve this by providing capability -- building on LSO API work happening in MEF to which Colt is contributing -- to be able to find a provider that can meet a specific off-net requirement, evaluate their track-record in the market in delivery and assurance (reputation), get quotes, and place orders on a fully automated basis.  This would allow providers like Colt to ensure they are getting a good balance of price and quality of service when buying off-net services as well as using the reputation we build through the quality of IQNet and our service-centric approach in the market to increase the number of sales when selling.

Each transaction -- and specifically SLA compliance in producing quotes, delivering orders, and in-life performance -- will be stored on the blockchain so that operators can evaluate the performance, in a secure environment, of a potential partner in their own selection process.  An opaque copy of the financial contract established between the providers will also be stored on the blockchain to later support settlement.

Save the date for MEF19, 18-22 November 2019, JW Marriott, LA LIVE, Los Angeles.

https://youtu.be/Wg_Ej68VhJo

MEF18 PoC - MEF 3.0 Service Spanning Four Operators



MEF18 Proof of Concept, 29 - 31 Oct - Fulfillment and Activation of an Intercontinental MEF 3.0 Service Spanning Four Operators.

PoC Participants: Tata Communications, Sparkle, Equinix, Liquid Telecom, ECI, Amartus, and Spirent.

This PoC won the MEF 3.0 Implementation Project 2018 Award in 2018.

Speaker: Vova Kamenker, Technical Presales Engineer, ECI.

The main goal of this PoC is to demonstrate the automated & assured orchestration of MEF services across multiple operators’ domains on production networks. The PoC demonstrates the ordering and fulfillment of a complex service comprising connectivity services and VNFs. The showcase demonstrates the feasibility of using NFV-based Service Activation and Testing solutions for MEF 3.0 Carrier Ethernet services via LSO Presto APIs.

As part of this PoC, several LSO:SOF implementations are used (e.g. ONAP, proprietary) in a single MEF 3.0 Carrier Ethernet service deployment interacting via LSO Sonata and LSO Interlude APIs.

Use Case: A Tata Communications customer uses the Tata service portal to order a service to Tata cloud service. However, one of the customer’s sites is not located on a Tata network and hence this request is sent to Tata’s operator partners for serviceability checks.

This PoC is part of a multi-year MEF 3.0 Implementation project that provides feedback to the MEF technical committees on a range of aspects of LSO orchestration of complex services comprising connectivity and virtual entities (SDN + NFV) across multiple operator domains.

Save the date for MEF19, 18-22 November 2019, JW Marriott, LA LIVE, Los Angeles.

https://youtu.be/J7iyUNC-C4M

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

MEF18 PoC - Multi-Domain Interconnection Orchestration - AT&T, Equinix, Ciena



MEF18 Proof of Concept, 29 - 31 Oct - Multi-Domain, Application-Defined Interconnection Orchestration. PoC Participants: AT&T, Equinix, and Ciena. This group won the prestigious MEF18 PoC Gold Award.

Speakers: Marco Naveda, Principal Architect, Office of the CTO, Ciena and Oleg Berzin, Senior Director, Technology Innovation, Equinix.

Software Defined Interconnection Exchanges enable public/private peering using secure interconnection across a multi-domain global virtual fabric and federated orchestration using open LSO APIs. This can enable @scale deployment of massive IoT with edge clouds, network clouds, and public clouds per application slice. Secure IoT services are also possible with machine inference engines at the enterprise edge. A broad ecosystem of enterprises, edge cloud providers, network cloud providers, and public cloud providers can leverage and benefit from this global virtual fabric.

In this PoC, the Ciena Blue Planet mulit-domain orchestrator is unifying the enterprise customer experience across the micro edge, the macro edge, and hyper-scale cloud.  The PoC illustrates interworking between the Blue Planet orchestrator and the open source ONAP orchestrator supported by AT&T and others collaborating within The Linux Foundation. The PoC incorporates LSO Interlude and LSO Legato interfaces for service orchestration.

Save the date for MEF19, 18-22 November 2019, JW Marriott, LA LIVE, Los Angeles.

https://youtu.be/QambDqqnEbA

MEF18 PoC - Pocket-Sized, Model-Driven Networks - Vodafone, DGIT, Ciena



MEF18 Proof of Concept, 29 - 31 Oct - Pocket-sized, Model-driven Networks. PoC Participants: Vodafone, Ciena, and DGIT Systems. 

Speakers: Greg Tilton, CEO, DGIT Systems; Chris Lowman, Innovation & Architecture Team, Vodafone and Sam Torrente, IT Operations Transformation, Ciena.

This PoC uses LSO Legato and LSO Sonata APIs -- augmented by some additional, extended APIs -- to configure a network model, learn the model in a business system through an API, compose a product using the learned model in a catalog, and then publish the composed product to customers (audience), who can then order and manage the product via a web mobile application.

Ciena creates the network within their Blue Planet environment, then exposes the service models through a TMF633 catalog API within the LSO Legato context, allowing the DGIT System Telflow to learn about the model and use it to create an offer for market.

The mobile users will then be able to order and managed their offers through a mobile web application

This PoC shows that a common set of APIs can be used for LSO Sonata and LSO Cantata use cases and can drive alternative digital channels. It also shows that a model-driven presentation of networks though the LSO Legato API use case can be used by IT systems to dynamically bundle services to create market offers.

Save the date for MEF19, 18-22 November 2019, JW Marriott, LA LIVE, Los Angeles.

https://youtu.be/m_hmXNC2Is8

MEF18 PoC - Self-Service, Agile, Orchestrated Cloudlink - Ciena & Zayo



MEF18 Proof of Concept, 29 - 31 Oct - Self-Service, Agile, Orchestrated Cloudlink™. PoC Participants: Zayo and Ciena.

Speaker: Mike Stein, Product Manager, Zayo.

With the adoption of the Cloud, customers today enjoy the flexibility of being able to spin up and spin down resources on a consumption, as-needed basis via their cloud service provider. Until recently, that same capability did not exist in the network service provider domain. This created a dynamic where large Cloud Service Providers (CPs) were able to engage with a customer on a lightweight and nimble basis, whereas large Network Service Providers (NSPs) were viewed as monolithic, slow to engage, and inflexible.

With CloudLink, Zayo and Ciena (Blue Planet) have partnered to combine best-in-class SDN technology and trusted API integration with large CPs, including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, Oracle Cloud, and Zayo Cloud. This product evolution delivers the necessary agile, self-service, and elastic connectivity needed to enable a customer to rapidly provision private connectivity to the public cloud. These capabilities are showcased in this MEF18 PoC, which applies MEF’s LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) architecture and open LSO APIs (Legato, Sonata, Interlude, and Presto) in a production environment to automate the end-to-end delivery of CE services across a multi-vendor network, from an enterprise site to the cloud.

The outcome, CloudLink by Zayo, provides an extremely flexible solution that allows a customer to consume network resources in the same way they consume cloud resources - on an as-needed, consumption basis. The benefit to the network and cloud service providers includes faster time to revenue and increased customer satisfaction, making CloudLink a powerful solution for all parties.

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) has been adopted in the industry; now, with CloudLink, cloud connectivity as a service is a reality.

Save the date for MEF19, 18-22 November 2019, JW Marriott, LA LIVE, Los Angeles.

https://youtu.be/Lo9Hwo7O_-s

MEF18 PoC - E-LAN over Multiple Domains via LSO Interlude



MEF18 Proof of Concept, 29 - 31 Oct - End-to-end Service Orchestration of E-LAN over Multiple Domains via the LSO Interlude Interface and Across Multiple Vendors. PoC participants: Eurofiber and Inmanta.

Speaker: Jeroen van der Laan, Software Solution Architect, Eurofiber.

Zero-touch automation of network services across domains and technologies provides many business opportunities. At MEF18, Eurofiber demonstrates end-to-end service orchestration of E-LAN services over multiple providers and across vendors and technologies. The company relies on the Inmanta Service Orchestrator to achieve fully automated fulfillment and management of the E-LAN services. End-to-end service orchestration results in much faster delivery, more flexibility, and higher reliability.

This PoC is the result of the actual Proof of Concept that has been created within the Eurofiber Group together with Inmanta. In the Showcase, a customer can order (or adapt) an E-LAN service by providing a few parameters to the business application. Using these parameters, all other configuration of the service is automatically deducted. The orchestrator applies the changes to the network services and infrastructure in a reliable and structured way, guaranteeing end-to-end consistency across domains.

Eurofiber NL and UNET are part of the Eurofiber Group, a fast-growing international provider of industry-leading digital infrastructure. With its fiber-optic network and high-quality datacenters, Eurofiber provides companies, government bodies, and non-profit organizations with a future-proof infrastructure. An open infrastructure that enables customers to thrive, innovate, and reach their full potential is the foundation for a smart society.

Inmanta is a spin-off of the University of Leuven and enables CSPs to deliver their services much faster and with more flexibility. Its end-to-end service orchestrator automates and streamlines the entire service lifecycle. Instead of months and years to deliver services and release new features, Inmanta reduces the process to a matter of weeks and minutes.

Save the date for MEF19, 18-22 November 2019, JW Marriott, LA LIVE, Los Angeles.

https://youtu.be/N5MCEBrAB1Y

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

MEF18 PoC - AT&T on Intent-Based Networks & Services



MEF18 Proof of Concept, 29 - 31 Oct - Transformation in Action: Harmonizing Delivery of Intent-Based Networks & Services. 

PoC Participants: AT&T, Amdocs, Fujitsu Network Communications, and Iometrix.

Speaker: Raluca Sirbu, Director, Network Infrastructure & Services, AT&T

This PoC focuses on building a transformational ecoystem that will:
- Automate services with zero-touch delivery and activation across multiple domains.
- Enrich the customer experience.
- Empower customers by defining policies for their assets and using natural language to set intent.
- Develop an assistant to manage customer personas and related interactions.
- Create a responsive network that is able to self-adjust and heal to meet customer and application driven requirements.
- Provide a homogenous experience across heterogenous networks, blending technologies by creating software-centric network services across multiple domains.

The open framework for transformation includes intent, smart devices, an intent engine, orchestration, and an SDN-enabled network.

The PoC incorporates MEF work on LSO Cantata, LSO Interlude, LSO Legato, LSO Presto, and LSO Adagio interfaces, the draft SD-WAN services standard, and numerous MEF specifications.  The PoC also incorporates ONAP, AT&T's DANOS (disaggregated operating system, which will become open source shortly), and Fujitsu's Warrior open source automation framework for development and deployment of microservices.

Save the date for MEF19, 18-22 November 2019, JW Marriott, LA LIVE, Los Angeles.

https://youtu.be/c0uQKB1yaPc

MEF18 PoC - Orchestrated Multilayer Optical Transport



MEF18 Proof of Concept, 29 - 31 Oct - MEF 3.0 Implementation for Orchestrated Multilayer Optical Transport. PoC Participants: CenturyLink, Telefonica, TELUS, Infinera/Coriant, and NEC/Netcracker.

Speaker: Jack Pugaczewski, Distinguished Network Architect, CenturyLink and MEF Distinguished Fellow.

This MEF 3.0 Implementation POC demonstration shows multiple MEF 3.0 LSO APIs and TAPI Connectivity, Topology, and Notification APIs working collaboratively to illustrate automated service orchestration, fulfillment, and assurance for MEF 3.0 Subscriber Layer 1 Connectivity Services in an Ethernet/OTN overlay/underlay multi-technology, multi-layer, multi-domain network.  This is in support of bandwidth-on-demand and dynamic restoration use cases.

The PoC demonstrates the power of applying generic network abstraction concepts such as constraint, forwarding, and termination to control, manage, and orchestrate multi-technology, multi-layer, multi-vendor domains in a consistent manner.  This is done using a common API framework – including the MEF LSO Presto Network Resource Provisioning (NRP) API that is built on top of the ONF Transport API framework – to provision and control L2/L1/L0 transport network resources in support of corresponding MEF 3.0 services. The PoC also incorporates LSO Interlude, LSO Allegro, and LSO Adagio APIs.

The PoC leverages and builds on the recently concluded joint MEF-OIF-ONF 2018 worldwide Transport API interop demo, thus bringing the optical transport implementation expertise into MEF, keeping with the MEF 3.0 objectives.

Finally, the PoC fulfills the key object to demonstrate the viability of MEF 3.0 transformational global services framework for defining, delivering, and certifying assured services orchestrated across a global ecosystem of automated multi-technology, multi-layer networks.

Save the date for MEF19, 18-22 November 2019, JW Marriott, LA LIVE, Los Angeles.

https://youtu.be/PX-Cuv6QfNU

MEF18 PoC - Machine Learning-Based Elastic Network Services



MEF18 Proof of Concept, 29 - 31 Oct - Machine Learning-Based Elastic Network Services. PoC Participants: Colt Technology Services & Accedian.

Speaker: Tom Foottit, Senior Product Manager, Accedian.

This PoC demonstrates the ability to leverage network performance data and machine learning to provide customer visibility to service performance and also demonstrates how to use current and historical service performance to dynamically adjust service parameters in a closed loop.

The PoC demonstrates this by using (1) Accedian and other network equipment to collect PM data, (2) the Accedian DATAHUB platform to ingest and run machine learning (ML) algorithms on the PM data, (3) the Colt Novitas system to provide performance visibility, and (4) the Colt orchestration layer to complete closed loop automation in the network using the output of ML from DATAHUB to adjust services based on current and historical network conditions. These systems are tied together using open APIs in alignment with the MEF LSO framework.

This showcase is a demonstration of the additional power that analytics and machine learning can bring to MEF LSO and the MEF 3.0 automated network.

Save the date for MEF19, 18-22 November 2019, JW Marriott, LA LIVE, Los Angeles.

https://youtu.be/Aji_c62Ej7g

Monday, December 3, 2018

MEF18 PoC - Data Science for Service Fulfillment and Assurance



MEF18 Proof of Concept, 29 - 31 Oct - Data Science Applications for LSO Architecture-Based Service Fulfillment and Assurance. PoC Participants: CenturyLink and Infinera.

Speaker: Sharfuddin Syed, Distinguished Engineer, Infinera.

This PoC focuses on how to build artificial intelligence and cognitive analysis into the network in order to enable complex networks to be managed automatically.

The PoC demonstrates alignment with existing LSO Presto API  and emerging LSO Allegro API work. In addition, this PoC provides a jump-start for future LSO Interface Profile specification, LSO API/SDK, and micro-service development in support of service assurance functionality.

Save the date for MEF19, 18-22 November 2019, JW Marriott, LA LIVE, Los Angeles.

https://youtu.be/mPGIZ2hED9s


MEF18 PoC - SDN Orchestration for Edge Clouds



MEF18 Proof of Concept, 29 - 31 Oct - SDN Orchestration for Edge Clouds. PoC Participant: Juniper Networks.

Speaker: Ben Baker, Director, Strategic Marketing, Juniper Networks

Service providers have identified their edge infrastructure as a means of deploying services in advance of 5G deployments. With space, power, and connectivity constraints, the solution is to create “edge clouds” that utilize OpenStack and Kubernetes combined with highly-scalable SDN platforms with integrated automation, virtualization, programmability, and security.

This PoC demonstrates the ability to instantiate a small footprint, edge cloud on a small compute device. A seamless fabric is established between the SDN data plane at the edge to a centralized management and orchestration instance running on a public cloud. This demonstration shows a single control point for all distributed workloads, acting as an SDN controller for both VM and container orchestration.

Save the date for MEF19, 18-22 November 2019, JW Marriott, LA LIVE, Los Angeles.

https://youtu.be/wYFVFbvt8DY


MEF18 PoC - Zero Touch SD-WAN + SECaaS + Virtual Cloud Exchange



MEF18 Proof of Concept, 29 - 31 Oct - Zero Touch Automation for SD-WAN + SECaaS + Virtual Cloud Exchange (VCX). PoC Participants: Tata Communications and Fortinet.

Speakers: Nicolas Thomas, Consulting Systems Engineer, Fortinet and Vineet Anshuman, Global Product Manager, Tata Communications Transformation Services.

The PoC goal is zero touch automation for SD-WAN with Security as a Service and Virtual Cloud Exchange for seamless connectivity to public cloud. The idea is to prove that we can operate in a fully automated service deployment in the cloud as well as multiple branches with secured SD-WAN at the same time. This is zero touch and TOSCA model-driven within the LSO Framework.

A typical use case is: a large, regulated mutli-national enterprise wants to do a confidential townhall live. We will deploy the streaming service and SD-WAN adaptations in the branches from one model to allow a good latency and priority on the day for live streaming. Then another model will change the priority for the replay of the video when normal business resumes.

Fortinet is leading the Security-as-a-Service group in MEF. This is part of the MEF 3.0 SD-WAN sub-committee that is helping shape a fully automated, cross-service provider, software-defined federation of capabilities in order for telcos to provide end-to-end protection and service quality to their end customers.

Tata Communications Transformation Services (TCTS), a 100% subsidiary of Tata Communications Ltd, provides leading business transformation, managed network operations, network outsourcing and consultancy services to telecommunication companies around the world. TCTS delivers operational efficiency, cost transformation and revenue acceleration solutions for all the stages of the carrier process lifecycle, including but not limited to network engineering and design, implementation and operations functions.

Save the date for MEF19, 18-22 November 2019, JW Marriott, LA LIVE, Los Angeles.

https://youtu.be/e8Bf_iPM9hk


MEF18 PoC - SD-WAN over Virtualized Carrier Ethernet Access


MEF18 Proof of Concept, 29 - 31 Oct - Instantiation and Delivery of SD-WAN over a Virtualized and Orchestrated Wholesale Carrier Ethernet Access Service. PoC Participants: BringCom, Isocel, SimbaNET, and Versa Networks.

Speakers: Ishkhan Matirosyan, Senior Network Architect, BringCom and Rakesh Sharma, Solutions Architect, Versa Networks.

BringCom, with its operating partners SimbaNET and ISOCEL Telecom and its technical partnership with Versa Networks, is deploying next generation networking services throughout the African continent.  BringCom is expanding its software-defined networking and network function virtualization (SDN/NFV) platform over its Pan African connectivity network.

This PoC demonstrates an SD-WAN service connecting 3 sites in Africa with instantiation of 3rd party VNFs over its virtualized infrastructure, including a universal CPE at one of the sites. The overall topology of BringCom's SDN/NFV platform includes ONAP, LSO Interlude and LSO Legato APIs, and an SD-WAN domain.

BringCom's SD-WAN services are provisioned via IP/MPLS and Carrier Ethernet CE 2.0 certified underlying networks. These services are utilized while providing intelligent and elastic carrier grade regional access circuits.

Save the date for MEF19, 18-22 November 2019, JW Marriott, LA LIVE, Los Angeles.

https://youtu.be/u5y0wFF6-Mg


Sunday, December 2, 2018

MEF18 PoC - Multi-Vendor Orchestrated SD-WAN



MEF18 Proof of Concept, 29 - 31 Oct - Towards a Multi-vendor Orchestrated SD-WAN: LSO-Enabled Solution with Open Source Orchestrator and Container-Based uCPEs. PoC Participants: Sparkle and Amartus.

Speaker: Daniele Mancuso, EVP, ICT Engineering, Sparkle.

Sparkle is moving into the SD-WAN space and regards SD-WAN as the technology of the future for managed services.

'SD-WAN technology is great, but it's having a critical factor that is really disturbing a little bit the business plan. This is the universal CPE. In order to create virtualized services running in the customer premises, today the market is offering universal CPEs that are based on X86 servers. Those are still consuming a lot of power. They are requiring a level of interaction done by customer specialists. And this is something we want to bypass."

Sparkle and Amartus have developed a solution orchestrated by Cloudify - an open source, cloud-based orchestrator - that is designed to stimulate the market to produce uCPEs based on containers rather than standard virtual machines.

"We believe the next step is to decompose virtual network functions into smaller footprint of microservices...If we reduce the VNF to a minimal set of containerized microservices, the space and the power that they need in order to run at the customer premises will be much reduced."

This PoC showcases an LSO Presto-enabled SD-WAN solution and illustrates how LSO Presto is a key enable for multi-vendor SD-WAN. The LSO Presto implementation is based on the MEF 60 Network Resource Provisioning Interface Profile Specification and was built using artifacts from the LSO Presto SDK in the latest published version (2018R2). The LSO Presto implementation consists of an LSO Presto NBI endpoint and an inventory/topology engine that allows the exposure of SD-WAN resources in an LSO Presto compliant fashion. Input data and inventory are used to create TOSCA (graph) descriptors for resources and the SD-WAN service. Southbound provisioning is handled by a TOSCA-enabled orchestration component. Cloud native (containerized) virtual functions are provided by customized uCPE appliances.

Save the date for MEF19, 18-22 November 2019, JW Marriott, LA LIVE, Los Angeles.

https://youtu.be/bG9vSI-qeHg


MEF18 PoC video - Boosting uCPE with SDN/NFV/Legacy Capabilities



MEF18 Proof of Concept, 29 - 31 Oct - Boosting uCPE with SDN/NFV/Legacy Capabilities Including Network & VNF Service Chain Monitoring & Plugware for Universal Access & Brownfield Deployments. PoC Participants: AT&T and RAD.

Speakers: Elie Francis, Director of New Technology and Advanced Development, AT&T Labs and Eitan Schwartz, VP, Service Provider Line of Business, North America.

This PoC addresses the challenges of adapting uCPE to fit real world needs and requirements. The PoC shows three key innovations: (1) multiple services running on a universal CPE; (2) multiple access technologies that terminate on the uCPE; and (3) management of this virtual infrastructure.

The PoC demonstrates uCPE implementation where an enhanced white/grey box provides NFV infrastructure, networking, and orchestration of value-added services with service assurance, as well as network connectivity to existing core routers over TDM using PPP/MLPPP protocol.  Such enhancements reflect real AT&T needs to have Flexware address both greenfield and brownfield deployment needs.

The PoC presents a comprehensive and disaggregated uCPE solution with orchestration and automation of physical and virtual network functions. The uCPE includes Silicom's white box as a hardware platform equipped with RAD's open vCPE­-OS operating system. To facilitate brownfield deployments without losing the white box's open qualities, the uCPE is enhanced with RAD's Plugware. These are multi-functional pluggable devices that are coupled with VNFs to allow effective access over TDM networks. In addition, RAD's Plugware supports legacy voice services such as T1 PRI, along with cutting edge VNF-enabled VAS and service assurance in the combined virtual-physical environment.   Furthermore, the solution features advanced performance monitoring, diagnostics, and traffic analysis tools; this functionality is also provided with RAD's vAccess VNF that optimizes compute resource utilization by combining multiple functions in a single VNF. One more Plugware-enabled functionality is effective hardware-based security that enhances white box functionality. All such enhancements boost white box performance and ensures uCPE a compelling, sound business case.

The PoC draws from AT&T’s broad experience in delivering international services efficiently even in cases where fiber is unavailable or uneconomical. Similarly, RAD draws from a rich experience in Carrier Ethernet, miniaturization, and legacy migration solutions as well as vCPE where RAD has been a leader since ETSI PoC#4 in early 2014 where RAD demonstrated the first multivendor vCPE solution at the customer premises.

Save the date for MEF19, 18-22 November 2019, JW Marriott, LA LIVE, Los Angeles.

https://youtu.be/xSb1XUqbsSc


MEF18 PoC- Blade Runner - Orchestrated Multi-Domain AR



MEF18 Proof of Concept, 29 - 31 Oct - Blade Runner – Orchestrated Multi-Domain Augmented Reality. Formal PoC Participants: Vodafone, Verizon, Ericsson/CENX, EXFO, and Fortinet. Other companies also supported the PoC and are mentioned in this video.

Speakers: Yogesh Pathare, Director, Product & Strategy, Ericsson and Ihab Mahna, Solutions Architect, EXFO.

Modern networks are ushering in a new era of unlimited data and Internet of Things (IoT) use cases, such as smart cities, smart industries, connected cars, and remote surgery. Aligned with modern cloud-based and software-defined networks, the Blade Runner PoC showcases how AI-based augmented reality can be used to support the maintenance of remote industrial equipment and vehicles, all facilitated by using the latest in multi-access edge computing technology.

The PoC's primary focus is to enable a diverse ecosystem of partners that includes multiple operators to seamlessly provide a composite set of cloud services. It makes use of industry standards, including open APIs and modelling languages (TOSCA), to allow shared service catalogues and faster deployment of cloud services, and to provide end-to-end, multi-operator closed loop assurance and wholesale enterprise billing/charging operations.

The PoC uses the TM Forum Open Digital Architecture (ODA) at its core to demonstrate the need for abstract orchestration layers, properly integrated through MEF LSO Interlude APIs and TM Forum Open APIs. It demonstrates how a modelling language can enable a shared definition of complex 5G service chains that can be deployed by different operators. In addition, standard models provide a set of common policies/rules to serve the needs of closed loop assurance, even across different enablers.

Save the date for MEF19, 18-22 November 2019, JW Marriott, LA LIVE, Los Angeles.


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