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

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

MEF18: PCCW Global on proving out intercarrier service orchestration

At MEF18, PCCW Global presented a proof-of-concept demonstration that involved Sonata API functionality to enable service quoting, ordering, mocked-up service delivery, and billing.

This PoC proves that is possible to deliver orchestrated services across a chain of carriers, says Shahar Steiff, AVP, New Technology, PCCW Global. It also highlights the importance of having a unified information model and process amongst operators.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

MEF18: SD-WAN as a driver for digital transformation

MEF18 featured a lot of hot topics, especially network automation, SDN, NFV, and SD-WAN, says Roopa Honnachari, Industry Director, Business Communication Services & Cloud Services, Frost & Sullivan.

MEF's work in standardizing SD-WAN service specification, as well as its MEF 3.0 framework for orchestrated services, is helping to drive the digital transformation of enterprise customers.

Monday, November 5, 2018

MEF18: Spectrum Enterprise on the value of self-optimized networks

At MEF18, Spectrum Enterprise, which is the division of Charter Communications focused on wholesale carrier and enterprise services, presented a proof-of-concept demo of a self-optimized, application-aware network.

Gunnar Peters, Senior Director with Spectrum Enterprise, talks about dynamic service enablement.

MEF18: SES Networks offeea MEF-certified Carrier Ethernet via MEO

SES Networks, a global satellite provider, is already offering a MEF-certified Carrier Ethernet service of its MEO fleet.

SES Networks is the only satellite provider currently offering this capability, says Eric Watko, Executive VP of Product Marketing and Strategy. The company is looking to make this service truly dynamic and seamless for terrestrial carriers worldwide.

MEF18: Amdocs' Service-driven Networks Vision

What is a service-driven network?

It is a set of capabilities that sit between a core network and the business support layers above, says Yogen Patel, Head of Products and Solutions Marketing, Amdocs Open Networks. Ultimately, this means that the network can automatically adjust to user demands.

MEF18: Telco Systems comments on service demarcation and NFV

At MEF18, Telco Systems presented its new 100GE T-Metro 8100 service demarcation and aggregation platform, as well as its NFVTime uCPE solution, which runs on either x86 or ARM-based processors.

Ariel Efrati, CEO of Telco Systems, comments on these recent launches and says the company is performing very well, having just recorded a 28% year-over-year growth in its business. 2019 is expected to be very big on NFV as service providers reinvent their business models.

MEF18: Clear Blockchain for Carrier Settlements

At MEF18, Clear Blockchain Technologies presented a proof of concept for the intercarrier orchestration and clearing of bandwidth on-demand services.

Gal Hochberg, the company's CEO, says a blockchain-enabled billing and settlement system is needed between carriers to keep up with networks as they become more agile and dynamic.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

MEF18: Big data drives proactive service assurance

Big data platforms can drive proactive service assurance for carrier networks says EXFO's Anssi Tauriainen, Director of Data Science and Advanced Use Cases.

At MEF18, EXFO participated in a Proof-of-Concept (PoC) that examined various data sources, such as passive monitoring data, active test data and fiber monitoring data. A dynamic, network topology discovery component was used to correlate the data. Various applications for troubleshooting and customer care purposes were then employed. AI and machine learning enabled real-time anamoly detection, automated root cause analysis, and forecasting.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

MEF18: CenturyLink's Andrew Dugan on Network Transformation

 What does network transformation mean to CenturyLink?

Andrew Dugan, SVP Technology Planning & Network Architecture, CenturyLink says it is vital to understand that customers are undergoing transformations of their own. Enterprise applications are getting distributed into multiple clouds. Some workloads stay in private data centers and others are moved into hybrid or public clouds. Carriers, like CenturyLink, must provide networking services that are equally as dynamic as the service offered by cloud providers.

CenturyLink is developing products that allow for dynamic service creation. This allows for new connections to be set-up, capacity to be scaled, and VLANs to be controlled.

Another area of interest is MEF's LSO (lifecycle service orchestration) APIs for enabling dynamic services across carriers to public clouds. CenturyLink is heavily supporting MEF's efforts in this area.

MEF18: CenturyLink's Adam Saenger on Enterprise Transformation

Enterprise transformation is a big part of ongoing work at MEF, says Adam Saenger, Vice President of Networking Solutions at CenturyLink.

Enterprises are increasingly using software-defined networking to power hybrid clouds. CenturyLink is working hard on the orchestration of these functions so that customers can move "at the speed of enterprises" and not at the speed of telecom.

CenturyLink first introduced dynamic capacity in its network seven years ago. Over the past 12 months, it has added capabilities such as dynamic VLAN management spanning into cloud environments. Most recently, CenturyLink announced global availability of SD-WAN, and dynamic connections on demand to cloud resources.

MEF18: Sparkle's Daniele Mancuso on Network Transformation

There are a few big takeaways from the MEF18 event in Los Angeles, says Daniele Mancuso, Executive VP ICT Engineering, Sparkle.

First, it is clear that MEF is playing a transformational role in the industry not only in standardization but also leapfrogging innovations.

Second, SD-WAN is the candidate technology to bring us to the future. A new generation of enterprise services will ride SD-WAN.

Third, MEF is doing a great job with the development of Cantata and Sonata APIs.

Fourth, network cloudification is hot trend, especially driven by containerized workloads.

Fifth, artificial intelligence and machine learning will take us to the next step on intent-based networking.

The future is bright. Keep on following us!

MEF18: Executing on the MEF 3.0 Framework

One year ago, MEF 3.0 set out a bold framework for carrier network transformation. Over the past 12 months, the MEF community has really executed on this vision, says Pascal Menezes, Chief Technology Officer, MEF.

This execution includes innovations at layer 1 optical transport, layer 2 Carrier Ethernet services, and automated, managed access E-Line services. Additional, MEF is working on IP service overlays. MEF has also just delivered draft specifications for SD-WAN services.

MEF18: Networking specs at the speed of software

This week, MEF released its Sonata LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) API in both specification form and as a sofware development kit (SDK). Most people have no idea how big a deal this really is, says Dan Pitt, Senior Vice President, MEF.

This means that the specification is not final. It won't be final under the SDK has generated feedback from developers. The notion that MEF can issue specifications that are not perfect, but open to improvements through iteration, is quite powerful. This is standards development at the speed of software. Think of it as the industry's first DevOps approach to standards development.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Two big announcements at MEF18 - SD-WAN and LSO Sonata API

MEF's mission is to accelerate the adoption of assured services across automated networks. Nan Chen, president of MEF, makes two important announcements:

1. The industry's first SD-WAN service definitions, which provide common terminology for buying, selling and delivering standardized SD-WAN services. Look for these in Q1 2019.

2. LSO Sonata API - providing the ability to automate MEF services end-to-end globally. A developer release is now available.

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