MEF releases MEF 3.0 ‘Transformational Global Services Framework’

Created November 17, 2017
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Advances aim of achieving agile communications services across automated networks.

The MEF (formerly Metro Ethernet Forum) has announced its MEF 3.0 Transformational Global Services Framework for defining, delivering, and certifying agile communication services across a global ecosystem of automated networks. The forum says “MEF 3.0 services empower users with the dynamic performance and security required to thrive in the digital economy.

The framework blends sophisticated, standardized services with an emerging suite of Lifecycle Service Orchestration APIs to provide an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with unprecedented user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities.”

Nan Chen, President, MEF, commented, “The MEF 3.0 is the realization of the Third Network vision. It is the next step in our journey to transform the industry with services and networks that are easy to manage and monetize and that deliver lasting value to customers. We are unleashing the full potential of industry innovation by enabling dynamic services to be orchestrated across multiple provider networks powered by LSO, SDN, and NFV. Inter-provider automation is a huge driver for MEF 3.0.”

MEF 3.0 comprises four parts:
Standardized, Orchestrated Services.
The MEF 3.0 service family includes dynamic Carrier Ethernet, wavelength, IP, SD-WAN, Security-as-a-Service, and other virtualized services that will be orchestrated over programmable networks using LSO APIs. MEF 3.0 CE R1 is the first release within the MEF 3.0 framework, while work on standardizing orchestration-ready wavelength, IP, SD-WAN, and security services currently is progressing within MEF.

Open LSO APIs. MEF LSO Reference Architecture guides agile development of standardized LSO APIs that enable orchestration of MEF 3.0 services across multiple providers and over multiple network technology domains (e.g., Packet WAN, Optical Transport, SD-WAN, 5G, etc.). MEF recently announced the first releases of two LSO SDKs (software development kits) that feature inter-provider APIs for address validation, serviceability, and ordering and an intra-provider API for network resource provisioning. The LSO APIs included in these SDKs are available for experimental use by MEF members and associated MEF programs.

Service and Technology Certifications. MEF is increasing the agility of its popular certification programs to accelerate availability and adoption of MEF 3.0-certified services and technologies. Certification is delivered by MEF’s testing partner, Iometrix, using an advanced cloud-based virtualized test platform that empowers subscribing companies to certify that their services and technologies comply with the latest MEF 3.0 standards.

Expanded Community Collaboration. MEF is working with leading service and technology providers, open source projects, standards associations, and enterprises to realize a shared vision of dynamic services orchestrated across automated networks. MEF has created a new compute, storage, and networking platform called MEFnet, which enables development, testing, integration, and showcasing of prototype MEF 3.0 implementations using open source and commercial products.

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by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.