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Ray@LR
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9/23/2014 | 9:19:29 AM
What took so long?
Amazed it has taken this long for the MEF to mobilize in the SDN sphere. The arrival of SDN and NFV and its accompanying industry orgs and open source projects has shifted the focus of the carrier Ethernet's gaze elsewhere.

Can the MEF establish itself as a relevant outfit in the SDN era?

Answers on a virtual postcard please...
EtherealMind
EtherealMind
9/23/2014 | 9:32:19 AM
Re: What took so long?
This is comedy gold. 

The MEF will be attepting to define "Ethernet as a Service" because that is the only answer to every question. 

In fact, this smells like the agenda from the clown show that is the grandiosely named "Cloud Ethernet Forum" where all questions are "what is the cheapest short term solution I can have?" and the answer is always "ethernet". 

I just love how MEF can keep the laughs coming. 

 
DanJones
DanJones
9/23/2014 | 9:54:53 AM
Re: What took so long?
Ray

The strategy paper has been out for a while apparently. The Third Network strategy is expected to be a hot topic at the MEF's GEN14 show in November.
Mitch Wagner
Mitch Wagner
9/23/2014 | 11:58:47 AM
Re: What took so long?
Nice job on this scoop, Dan!

All sorts of interesting questions raised by this development: 

What advantage does this technology have over OpenFlow and ODL, which are pretty mature? How will MEF get carriers to adopt it? How will they get vendors to adopt it? The MEF may well say, well, this is better than OF/ODL because it's CARRIER BACKED not VENDOR BACKED. Nobody cares about that -- what network operators care about it results, not who's backing the technology. Also, ODL at least is open source, so there's nothing stopping carriers from adopting ODL and adapting it to their own needs.

Who gets a competitive advantage from this technology?

"The MEF is hoping to exploit its relationships with carriers to give its NaaS plans an advantage over other vendor-driven efforts.... "

You know who else has a relationship with carriers? Vendors. 

This is looking like a me-too effort. If there's information proving me wrong, I'm looking forward to seeing it. 

 
DanJones
DanJones
9/23/2014 | 1:37:15 PM
Re: What took so long?
Well the MEF will no doubt have more to say this week.
sam masud
sam masud
9/23/2014 | 2:56:44 PM
Re: What took so long?
Dan,


Are you sure these MEF APIs are intended to rival ONF and/or ODP's efforts--or could it be that what the MEF plans to announce is really a supplement to the efforts of the ONF/ODP? Reason I say that is MEF is all about specifying Ethernet services, regardless of whether the data plane is separate from the forwarding plane or not. Because would be kind of strange if MEF were to challenge ONF-ODP this late in the game, or relatively late in the game.
DanJones
DanJones
9/23/2014 | 3:45:11 PM
Re: What took so long?
Not limited to ONF or ODF for sure, there are other groups and forums out.

 

As it was put to me, there is a window of opportunity seen because some in the vendor community (*cough* Cisco *cough*) say they support SDN/NFV specs and standards but are actually nervous and slow-pedaling on this seachange because it will affect their core business of selling custom hardware. I paraphrase a bit but that's the reasoning in a nutshell.

I would doubt that the MEF are going to say that exactly in their messaging on this. 

 
R Clark
R Clark
9/23/2014 | 10:24:23 PM
Re: What took so long?
Good story, Dan. Plus you're surely right about the reasoning behind it. MEF is so late to the party that fear/dissatisfaction over vendors is the the only explanation that makes sense (though not completely ruling out relevance deprivation syndrome).

At an MEF briefing in HK last week Chen said the two biggest obstacles to the 3rd network were the lack of standards between carriers and the lack of layered abstraction within carriers - the kinds of problems where legacy-prone vendors would get in the way.

 
Atlantis-dude
Atlantis-dude
9/24/2014 | 3:30:14 PM
Re: What took so long?
seems like they r moving from EaaS to ENaaS .. the first question is whether large CE nets are being built.


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