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MEF Announces Open Packet WAN Project

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LOS ANGELES -- MEF is pleased to announce that Cisco and Amartus are co-leading work on the new OpenCS (Open Connectivity Services) Packet WAN Use Case that is part of MEF’s Open Initiative to accelerate the industry transition to agile, assured, and orchestrated Third Network services. MEF’s open projects are advancing development of Third Network services based on LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), SDN, and NFV encapsulated in OpenCS use cases and OpenLSO scenarios.

Different groups of MEF members are working on multiple OpenCS use case instances that represent the services under the control of a specific network operator but which are orchestrated as part of a federated system initiated by a Third Network service provider. Within the OpenCS ecosystem, companies are developing and testing reference designs of MEF-defined L1-L7 services using combinations of open and closed source software, open specification and commercial hardware (e.g. Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certified devices), SDN, and NFV via MEF’s LSO Presto Network Resources Provisioning (NRP) APIs.

The OpenCS Packet WAN project will deliver a multi-vendor enabled reference design that includes the Presto NRP API using an OpenDaylight (ODL) SDN controller as a platform. In addition, the project involves OpenDaylight plug-ins defined in the ODL UNI Manager project. The OpenCS Packet WAN project team will provide frequent feedback about the use cases, information models, and operations required for MEF network resource models to the MEF NRP project team and coordinate MEF contributions to the ODL community.

Cisco, Amartus, and other members of the OpenCS Packet WAN project team who participated in MEF’s recent Euro16 LSO Hackathon already have illustrated how CE 2.0 services can be orchestrated using an ODL SDN controller in combination with CE networking devices provided by Cisco. The team provided valuable input for continued development of Presto NRP APIs as well as code contributions and recommendations for the ODL community.

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