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MEF Heightens SD-WAN Frenzy

By defining and certifying services and service providers, MEF aims to build SD-WAN's market momentum.

Phil Harvey

November 19, 2019

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MEF Heightens SD-WAN Frenzy

MEF19 -- Los Angeles -- SD-WAN isn't just hot, it's certifiable.

MEF, the organization once known as the Metro Ethernet Forum, is doing just that -- certifying SD-WAN services and professionals via new programs the group announced this week. MEF, an industry association of 200 member companies, is throwing its weight behind the market momentum of SD-WAN because more SD-WAN adoption means more revenue for service providers. "We're the only organization … defining revenue-generating services," said MEF President Nan Chen.

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Earlier this year, MEF created, for the first time in the industry, a service definition for SD-WAN, said Pascal Menezes, MEF's CTO, at a press conference here. Now, MEF is taking the next step needed to speed up service adoption. By certifying companies who provide SD-WAN service and the technicians who work on the services, MEF is giving the market's practitioners a seal of approval and decluttering the massive pile of competitors currently offering SD-WAN services, of some sort, to enterprises.

MEF said seven service and technology providers are participating in the pilot phase of the group's SD-WAN certification program; it expects to announce the first group of certified companies during the first quarter of 2020.

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Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Phil Harvey has been a Light Reading writer and editor for more than 18 years combined. He began his second tour as the site's chief editor in April 2020.

His interest in speed and scale means he often covers optical networking and the foundational technologies powering the modern Internet.

Harvey covered networking, Internet infrastructure and dot-com mania in the late 90s for Silicon Valley magazines like UPSIDE and Red Herring before joining Light Reading (for the first time) in late 2000.

After moving to the Republic of Texas, Harvey spent eight years as a contributing tech writer for D CEO magazine, producing columns about tech advances in everything from supercomputing to cellphone recycling.

Harvey is an avid photographer and camera collector – if you accept that compulsive shopping and "collecting" are the same.

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