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An industry association of 200+ member companies, MEF recently has introduced the MEF 3.0 Transformational Global Services Framework for defining, delivering, and certifying agile, assured, and orchestrated services over across a global ecosystem of automated networks. MEF 3.0 services are designed to provide an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities. MEF 3.0 services are delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), SDN, and NFV. 

As explained in this Overview, MEF 3.0 is comprised of four major elements:

  • Standardized, Orchestrated Services. MEF 3.0 services redefine innovation by providing an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with unprecedented user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities. The MEF 3.0 service family includes dynamic Layer 1SD-WAN, Carrier Ethernet, Optical Transport, IP, SD-WAN, Security-as-a-Service, and other virtualized and security services that will be orchestrated over programmable networks using LSO APIs.
  • Open LSO APIs. MEF’s LSO Reference Architecture guides agile development of standardized LSO APIs that enable orchestration end-to-end automation of MEF 3.0 services across multiple providers and over multiple network technology domains (e.g., Packet WAN, Optical Transport, SD-WAN, 5G, etc.).Service and Technology Certifications. MEF 3.0 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.. MEF is progressing initiatives for multiple LSO interface reference points that facilitate not only service provider transformation and federation, but will also extend service orchestration to enterprise customers, cloud players, and 5G mobile networks for a seamless on-demand, application-aware networking experience.
  • Service, Technology & Professional Certifications. MEF’s service, technology, and professional certification programs are designed to accelerate availability and adoption of MEF 3.0 solutions that comply with the highest industry standards for performance, assurance, and agility. MEF’s service and technology certification programs include:  MEF 3.0 SD-WAN, MEF 3.0 CE, and MEF 3.0 LSO Sonata.  Professional certifications include: MEF SD-WAN Certified Professional (MEF-SDCP), MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP), MEF SDN/NFV Certified Professional (MEF-SNCP), and MEF Network Foundations Certified Professional (MEF-NF).
  • Expanded Community Collaboration. MEF is working with many of the world’s 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 launched an Applications Committee to enable applications to dynamically interact with the network using 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.

See www.MEF.net for more information.



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MEF Member Meetings

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MEF Briefing Presentation - March 5

This is short form of a standard presentation that provides a general overview of MEF strategy, programs and key areas of work.

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MEF Briefing Presentation - March 11 - Engineering team

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MEF Membership Information (for non-member companies)

Annual Principal Membership cost is $17,250; annual Start-up Company Membership cost is $5,000 (All requirements listed on the application must be met in order to qualify for this membership category.)

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MEF 3.0 Transformational Global Services Framework

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