Applications Committee Mission

As more and more enterprises move their applications to the cloud, there is a need to ensure that cloud applications deliver a high quality, frictionless end-user experience, as if their applications were hosted locally in their own organizational sites. The objective of the Applications Committee is to ultimately enable applications to dynamically interact with the network using a set of machine-to-machine APIs, thereby ensuring that application-level quality of experience, security, and performance requirements can be met by the underlying network infrastructure without human intervention. This new work completely aligns with the three pillars of MEF 3.0:

  • Agile – Enable networks to be programmed by applications for a given set of autonomic behaviors such that control, visibility, and performance guarantees can be realized in an on-demand and almost real-time manner.
  • Assured – Enable networks to deliver on application performance objectives, availability, security, and middle box interoperability using automation principles.
  • Orchestrated – Enable networks that are inter-connected from device-to-the-cloud to be orchestrated, automated, and coordinated for a given set of network connectivity, services, and performance objectives.

Applications Committee Work

The Applications Committee kicked off with the active work of the IMTC, including that of the Real-Time Media (RTM SDN) working group and other work areas (see for additional information about IMTC). Application sub-groups deliver various automation use cases, building upon those already published by IMTC.

MEF and IMTC entered into an asset transfer agreement whereby all assets of IMTC were be transferred to MEF and active work will be carried on within MEF. IMTC member companies that are not already members of MEF became MEF principal members – approximately 10 in number. To support a higher level of abstraction interaction between applications and networks, an Intent Work Area initially started under the Applications Committee to collaboratively develop a common, multi-vendor, interoperable, intent-based set of APIs enabling networks to be treated as a programmable abstraction layer comprised of a closed-loop, black box model.

The Applications Committee commenced work at the 4Q17 Members Meeting in Raleigh. Charles Eckel and Mark Gibson were selected by the BoD as co-chairs for the Applications Committee.


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