Tues, Jan 29
MEF 3.0 Workshop
7:30 – 8:30


8:30 – 8:40


With the MEF 3.0 transformational global services framework, MEF is focused on defining, delivering, and certifying assured services orchestrated across a global ecosystem of automated networks. Over the past year, MEF has made significant strides across all key elements of the framework, including: standardized services; LSO APIs; services, technology, and professional certification; and community collaboration. Dozens of service providers, technology vendors, enterprises, and industry organizations have been involved in initiatives to accelerate adoption of MEF 3.0 services that provide an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with unprecedented user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities.

In 2019, MEF is focused on enabling service providers to (1) transform their businesses, services, and networks, (2) federate on a global basis, and (3) certify their service offerings to a global standard.

Workshop Co-Chairs:

Rami Yaron, Marketing Committee Co-Chair, MEF; Senior Director SDN/NFV Solutions, NEC/Netcracker
Zeev Draer, Marketing Committee Co-Chair, MEF; VP Global Business Development, Edge Solutions, ADVA Optical

8:40 – 12:30

Part I – Transformation

Service providers must move quickly to address changing customer requirements and adapt to intensifying competitive threats – including from OTT players – in the era of digital transformation. Customers want simplicity and agility similar to their experience with running applications in the cloud, and they are looking for service providers to help them navigate through their own transformation. There is a growing consensus that service providers must become more cloud-like and automated to deliver the dynamic performance and security that customers require today. MEF is committed to helping service providers on their transformational journey to “cloudification.” In this morning’s discussion, we will explore MEF work related to major aspects of transformation, including at the business, organizational, services, and network levels.

Chair: Zeev Draer, Marketing Committee Co-Chair, MEF; VP Global Business Development, Edge Solutions, ADVA Optical

8:40 – 10:45

Transitioning to MEF 3.0 Services and Application-Aware Networking

  • Latest Advancements in MEF 3.0 Carrier Ethernet, Optical Transport, IP Services Standardization

David Ball, Services Committee Co-Chair, MEF; Principal Engineer, Cisco
David Martin, Senior Systems Engineer, IP/Optical Networking Business Group, Nokia

  • Aligning the Industry on Standardized MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Managed Services
  • What Needs to be Standardized to Deliver Security-as-a-Service?

Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF

  • MEF 3.0 & 5G: Transport, Network Slicing, Orchestration & Fixed-Mobile Convergence

Dan Pitt, SVP, MEF
Scott Mansfield, Standardization Researcher, Development Unit Network Products, Ericsson

10:55 – 12:10Automating Services with LSO
  • LSO Reference Architecture & Projects - Standardizing APIs at Multiple Interface Reference Points

Chris Purdy, LSO Committee Co-Chair, MEF

  • Intra-Provider LSO APIs - Orchestrating Services over Technology Domains
  • Benefits of Using Intent, Machine Learning, and AI
12:10 – 12:30

Addressing Emerging Skills Shortages with MEF Professional Certifications - MEF-SDN/NFV, MEF-CECP, MEF-NF

Kevin Vachon, COO, MEF

12:30 – 1:30


1:30 – 3:15

Part II – Federation

MEF is enabling our service provider members to transition from operating as independent islands of excellence to being integral players in a worldwide business federation of cloud-like networks that support dynamic services across multiple providers. We will explore the critical role that emerging MEF LSO APIs will play in automating inter-carrier commercial, business, and operational interactions within a global network federation. Among other things, we will hear the latest regarding LSO Sonata API adoption plans for 2019.

Chair:  Rami Yaron, Marketing Committee Co-Chair, MEF; Senior Director SDN/NFV Solutions, NEC/Netcracker

  • Inter-Provider LSO Sonata APIs – Roadmap & Early Adopter Use Cases

Chris Purdy, LSO Committee Co-Chair, MEF

  • Commercial Affecting Attributes, Catalogues and Inventories
  • Using Distributed Ledger Approaches, Including Blockchain
3:15 – 3:30Break
3:30 – 4:45

Part III – MEF 3.0 Certification

MEF 3.0 certification enables service and technology providers to certify compliance with latest releases of MEF 3.0 standards, signifying their ability to provide the highest level of performance, assurance, and agility available in the market. In this session, we will share the current services and technology certification roadmap, provide an overview of available MEF 3.0 CE certification, explain active LSO Sonata and SD-WAN certification projects, and discuss new potential projects.

  • Certification will be expanded on a pilot basis in Q1/19 to include cloud-based testing of LSO APIs, beginning with certification of LSO Sonata APIs for serviceability, product inventory, quoting, and ordering. Service providers will be able to test both the wholesale service (e.g., Access E-Line) that is being ordered along with the controlling LSO Sonata APIs, offering a “certified, orchestrated MEF service.” 
  • We plan to introduce a pilot version of certification for MEF 3.0 SD-WAN services in 2019. 

Moderator: Greg Spear, Certification Committee Co-Chair, MEF; Solution Manager, Accedian
Bob Mandeville, President, Iometrix
Isabelle Morency, Head of Engineering, Iometrix
Larry Samberg, Technical Consultant, MEF

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