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's Third Network vision:

  • 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 will kick 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 will deliver various automation use cases, building upon those already published by IMTC.

MEF and IMTC have entered into an asset transfer agreement whereby all assets of IMTC will be transferred to MEF and active work will be carried on within MEF. IMTC member companies that are not already members of MEF will become MEF principal members - approximately 10 in number. The agreement has been approved by both Boards of Directors and the IMTC membership, and requires final regulatory approval, which is expected to be complete by early October of this year. To support a higher level of abstraction interaction between applications and networks, an Intent Work Area will initially start 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. The formation of this committee will be led by MEF CTO Pascal Menezes, with Co-Chairs to be solicited in the coming months.


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