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kq4ym
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kq4ym,
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11/22/2016 | 1:27:00 PM
Re: Place in the sun?
It willl be interesting to see how the MEF idea progresses as noted that "we need to automate, to get people out of the way," and how successfull might be getting the academic world more involved in the journey. Although I'm not sure how academia will fare in the goal of scrappy and agile. But interesting to watch, nonetheless.
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11/11/2016 | 3:39:11 PM
MEF's Four Major Work Areas
I just wanted to elaborate on a few items touched upon in Carol's article and in the comments. 

MEF's strategic work is focused on four major areas: (1) Third Network services, (2) LSO, (3) open initiatives, and (4) certification programs. 

On the services front, we are expanding beyond CE 2.0 to drive development of orchestrated, on-demand Layer 1-3 connectivity services (such as wavelengths, CE 2.0, and IP) and orchestrated/on-demand Layer 4-7 cloud services (such as NFV-based security).

On the LSO front, we currently are advancing work related to LSO interfaces, open APIs, operational processes, and information models required for orchestrating services across multiple technology domains within a single operator and across multiple service and cloud providers. Several of the MEF16 Proof of Concept demonstrations highlighted progress in this area. 

Third, as covered in Carol's article, MEF has launched new open initiatives spearheaded by Pascal to maximize collaboration involving MEF members, open source projects, and other SDOs.

Finally, on the certification front, MEF is working to enhance and expand our services, equipment, and professional programs to include new elements related to orchestrated Third Network services.  We'll be sharing more on that in the coming months. 

- Stan Hubbard, Communications & Research Director, MEF
Carol Wilson
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Carol Wilson,
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11/11/2016 | 2:29:15 PM
Re: Place in the sun?
If you are talking about the certification process, they will be certifying things in this space as well. I didn't reference that in this piece but they talked about it in Baltimore. 

 

 
mendyk
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11/11/2016 | 2:14:10 PM
Re: Place in the sun?
MEF made its nonprofit fortune by being the dominant (or maybe only) clearinghouse for carrier Ethernet interoperability. How does that model translate into this new environment?
Carol Wilson
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11/11/2016 | 2:10:59 PM
Re: Place in the sun?
MEF is very focused at making services work end-to-end across carriers, which is where they've always been with Carrier Ethernet. TM Forum is more focused on the internal operations processes. The two aren't separate but there is plenty of work to go around in this space. 

TM Forum is one of the groups that is part of the UNITE effort along with a bunch of the Linux Foundation open source projects - OpenDaylight, OPNFV, Open-O - and the Open Networking Foundation. 

The idea is to get these groups talking and sharing info - at this point, they've defined the issues and laid out the work plan in a white paper. 
mendyk
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11/11/2016 | 1:40:22 PM
Place in the sun?
Where does this put MEF compared with other industry groups that are in this area, such as TMForum?


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