Dear MEF Members,
I am pleased to share highlights from the productive MEF Q1/19 Members Meeting in Hong Kong. A special thanks to PCCW Global and Tata Communications for sponsoring the event.
We have had a great start to the new year as we strive to accelerate development and worldwide adoption of MEF 3.0. 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 that their service offerings comply with MEF 3.0 standards.
See Member Bulletin - February (ppt) for presentation material related to the bulletin.
We look forward to seeing many of you at the MEF Q2/19 Members Meeting in Dubrovnik, Croatia, Apr. 29 - May 2, the MEF Annual Meeting in North America (location TBD), July 29 - Aug. 1, and MEF19 in Los Angeles, Nov. 18-22. Contact Alysia Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org for MEF19 sponsorship info and take advantage of a 15% Super Early Bird sponsorship savings by Feb. 15.
Summary – Accelerating MEF 3.0 Development & Implementation
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. MEF 3.0 services provide an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with unprecedented user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities.
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. We summarized key developments in 2018 in the MEF 3.0 Momentum press release issued at MEF18.
Below are summary highlights from the last few months. Read further in this Bulletin for additional details.
- MEF published updates to CE standards MEF 10.4 , 45.1 , 51.1 , including improvements to ensure services are orchestration-ready, support for virtualized UNIs, etc.
- IP Service Attributes update (MEF 61.1) entered Letter Ballot
- We currently are in the process of rolling out 7 Call for Comments (CfC) Ballots related to IP, CE, Optical Transport, and cloud services projects
- Our groundbreaking Draft SD-WAN Attributes and Service Definition Standard is now in CfC Ballot 3, with the goal of Letter Ballot in 2Q/19.
- SD-WAN Application Security project is now launched with the goal of providing a draft SECaaS standard for Application Protection on SD-WAN by MEF19, along with a MEF 3.0 SECaaS PoC at MEF19.
- MEF published 3 new LSO standards ( MEF 57.1 , 74, 78 )
- Business Requirements and Use Cases for Access E-Line Service Control (MEF 76) entered Letter Ballot
- Expect 8 LSO Sonata and LSO Presto projects to go to Letter Ballot Decision between Meetings (DbM) in 2Q/19.
- As announced at MEF18, LSO Sonata API technical specs and SDKs currently are available in a Developer Release for serviceability, product inventory, quoting, and ordering. This gives members a head-start in implementing LSO Sonata APIs for inter-provider service orchestration.
- Certification Committee
MEF 3.0-Related News, Videos & Research
- Migration to MEF 3.0 Services Powered by LSO (MEF & Vertical Systems Group, Nov 2018) - This survey-based report is a benefit of MEF membership and is not to be distributed beyond MEF members. You may use portions when citing MEF & Vertical Systems Group as the source.
- SD-WAN Strategies Survey Report (Heavy Reading/Light Reading, Oct/Nov 2018) - Produced in collaboration with MEF, this survey-based report is available for both MEF members and nonmembers. You may use portions when citing HR/LR as the source.
- CSP Network Automation (Futuriom, Dec 2018) - Co-sponsored by MEF, this survey-based report is a benefit of MEF membership. You may use portions when citing Futuriom as the source.
Welcome! New Members
MEF is pleased to welcome the following new Members who have joined since early October: NTT Communications , EPB Fiber Optics , Lyntia , Telxius , Comarch , DCConnect, Enea Software , Inmanta , Sedona Systems , and VT iDirect.
Congratulations MEF 3.0 Certified Companies!
MEF is pleased to recognize the growing list of companies who have achieved MEF 3.0 certification:
- Service Providers: Cable ONE Business, CMC Telecom, Fiberail, TIME
- Technology Providers: ADVA Optical, Ciena, Cisco, H3C, Huawei, Juniper
MEF thanks the following editors for their diligent contributions related to newly published standards:
- John Strassner , Huawei, MEF 78 - MEF Core Model
- Shahar Steiff , PCCW Global. MEF 74 - Commercial Affecting Attributes
- Dawn Kaplan , Ericsson. MEF 57.1 - Ethernet Ordering Technical Specification – Business Requirements and Use Cases
- Bill Bjorkman , MEF. MEF 51.1 - Operator Ethernet Service Definitions .
- Steve Haddock , MEF. MEF 45.1 - Layer 2 Control Protocols .
- Bob Klessig , MEF. MEF 10.4 - Subscriber Ethernet Service Attributes.
Hong Kong Plenary & Birds of a Feather Presentations
- President’s Address – Nan Chen President, MEF; CENX Advisor, Ericsson
- Sponsor Keynote: A Digital Transformation Journey - Kapil Kumar Jain, VP Product Management, Tata Communications
- Sponsor Keynote: Connecting a Massive Digital Future with 5G – Paul Berriman, Group CTO, PCCW & HKT
- MEF 2019 Vision Update & Strategic Projects – Pascal Menezes , CTO, MEF
- MEF 3.0 Certification Plans for 2019 & Ceremony, Editor Awards - Nan Chen , President, MEF; Kevin Vachon , COO, MEF
- APAC Panel – The Journey to Network & Service Transformation - moderated by Dan Pitt , SVP, MEF
- Birds of Feather
MEF 3.0 Workshops in HK
MEF 3.0 Workshop presentations cover important aspects of MEF work related to transformation, federation, and certification. Also see Committee summary slides for the up-to-date information on the status of projects.
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 , David Martin
- Aligning the Industry on Standardized MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Managed Services - Rami Yaron
- What Needs to be Standardized to Deliver Security-as-a-Service? - Pascal Menezes
- MEF 3.0 & 5G: Transport, Network Slicing, Orchestration & Fixed-Mobile Convergence - Dan Pitt
- Automating Services with LSO
- MEF 3.0 Certification
MEF Organizational Structure
- Board of Directors
- CTO Office / MEF 3.0 Community - Pascal Menezes
- Services Committee - Co-Chairs Jason Wolfe (Bell Canada) & David Ball (Cisco)
- LSO Committee - Co-Chairs Andy Mayer (AT&T) & Chris Purdy
- Applications Committee - Co-Chairs Charles Eckel (Cisco) & Mark Gibson (Amdocs)
- Marketing & Education Committee - Co-Chairs Rami Yaron (InfoVista) & Zeev Draer (ADVA)
- Certification Committee - Co-Chair Gregory Spear (Accedian) & open position
See the Q1/2019 Services Committee Summary .
- 11 active projects
- 1 project entered Letter Ballot: MEF 61.1 - IP Service Attributes (now incorporating Operator IP service attributes)
- We are in the process of rolling out 7 CfC Ballots related to IP, CE, Optical Transport, and cloud services projects
MEF published the following updates to CE standards in 2H Dec 2018:
- MEF 51.1 - Operator Ethernet Service Definitions . This update aligns the definition of Operator Ethernet services with the Service Attributes defined in MEF 26.2. It defines 3 general services: O-Line, O-LAN and O-Tree; and four specific services: Access E-Line, Access E-LAN, Transit E-Line and Transit E-LAN.
- MEF 45.1 - Layer 2 Control Protocols . This update clarifies and improves the guidance on handling Layer 2 Control Protocols in Ethernet services and improves alignment with other MEF CE standards.
- MEF 10.4 - Subscriber Ethernet Service Attributes. This update to the MEF 10.x series revises the definitions of Service Attributes for Ethernet Subscriber services with more rigorous and clearer definitions to ensure the services are orchestration-ready. It also adds support for virtualized UNIs, improves alignment with other MEF CE Standards (notably MEF 26.2), and simplifies or removes a number of Service Attributes that were overly complex or rarely used.
The Service Committee’s focus in 2019 particularly will be on expanding our IP Standards, including additional LBs expected on the following:
- Subscriber IP Service Definitions, for Internet Access services and IP-VPN services
- Service OAM for IP Services
- Service Activation Testing for IP Services
See the Q1/19 Applications Committee Summary .
- Draft SD-WAN Attributes and Service Definition Standard (WD 0.33) entered CfC3 in early February, with the goal of Letter Ballot in 2Q/19. See SD-WAN Service Definition - Standard Drafts and Contributions for the latest developments.
- SD-WAN Application Security project - goal to provide a draft SECaaS standard for Application Protection on SD-WAN by MEF19, along with a MEF 3.0 SECaaS PoC at MEF19.
- Progressed Intent project
- Launched new SD-WAN Phase 2 adhoc
The Applications Committee aims to begin a second version of the SD-WAN standard covering advanced topics deferred from the first version.
The Committee is working on a number of other items and seeks active contribution in:
- Intent-based networking, with experimental contributions expected throughout the year.
- uCPE management framework definition, providing a common foundation for several other Application Committee standards.
See the Q1/19 LSO Committee Summary .
16 active projects
- 1 project entered Letter Ballot: Business Requirements and Use Cases for Access E-Line Service Control (MEF 76)
- 8 LSO Sonata and LSO Presto projects are poised to go to Letter Ballot DbM in 2Q/19.
- 2 projects launched in HK: MEF Common Resource Model and MEF Core Model #2
- 3 new adhocs
MEF has just published three new MEF 3.0 LSO standards:
- MEF 78 - MEF Core Model
- MEF 74 - Commercial Affecting Attributes
- MEF 57.1 - Ethernet Ordering Technical Specification - Business Requirements and Use Cases
As announced at MEF18, LSO Sonata API technical specs and SDKs currently are available in a Developer Release for serviceability, product inventory, quoting, and ordering. SDKs are on the MEF public GitHub .
- Completion of LSO Sonata work for Serviceability, Quotation, Ordering, and Inventory
- Completion of LSO Interlude work for elastic and configurable services
- Development of generalized models for Products and Services
- Update of LSO Legato work to support services catalog and align with ONAP
- New LSO Sonata work covering trouble ticketing and real-time service assurance
- Completion of LSO Presto work to cover OAM and Service Activation Testing
See the Q1/19 Certification Committee Summary .
- On-Demand Webinar - Addressing the SDN/NFV Skills Gap for Network & Service Transformation ( Webinar slides)
- Reviewed market positioning of MEF's SDN/NFV exam versus the legacy ONF OCSA test and contemplated marketing requirements for 2019
- Debated options and plans for the evolution of MEF-CECP to include additional connectivity services in the areas of Optical Transport and IP, in addition to new recent and pending Carrier Ethernet standards
- Introduced options for the introduction of LSO topics to existing certifications and the opportunity for a new LSO certification
Services and Technology Certification
- Planning of the LSO Sonata certification pilot program
- Planning of the SD-WAN Certification pilot/market assessment
- Establishment of a new Services and Technology certification draft lifecycle
- Expanded marketing program in support of MEF-SDN/NFV exam adoption
- LSO and SD-WAN certification planning
- Evolution of MEF-CECP to include additional connectivity services in the areas of Optical Transport and IP and new Carrier Ethernet standards
Services and Technology Certification
- Introduction of LSO Sonata certification, commencing with a pilot program, with first certified companies expected in the summer of 2019
- Introduction of SD-WAN certification, with first certified companies to be announced at MEF19
- Commence blueprints, market assessments, and pilot planning for Optical Transport services and LSO Presto
See the Q1/19 Market & Education Committee Summary .
- MEC proposed modification of 2019 theme presented at MEF18 to: Transform, Federate, Validate (was Transform, Federate, Certify)
Accelerate the adoption of business-enabling MEF products by the industry to support digital transformation journey
- Primary MEC function is the Productization of MEF artifacts and the overall product portfolio management with support from PRM, leadership team, SMEs.
- Looking for marketing volunteers interested in well-defined inbound and outbound tasks providing recognition to individuals and their employers
- Sample jobs include 1) buyer persona development for particular products, 2) sketch video production working with 3 rd party resources, 3) value proposition development and more.
- Women in Telecoms program being added to MEF19 – contact Lori@mef.net for input, ideas, participatio
- New project proposed on positioning cloud and network orchestration via white paper by Jack P.; accepted
- MEF Webinars series re-launching this year; plan in development (schedule, proposed topics, etc.)
MEF Staff NEWs:
- Director of International Marketing – Christopher Cullan joined the team during the week in HK. Note 20% of Chris’ role is MEF development in SE Asia.
- Manager, Commercial Events Engagement - Heather Hobbs recently joined and will be prime managing our Webinar Program
- Mef.net – following the prototype look & feel on recent Sonata / SD-WAN pages, MEF’s web presence will be transformed beginning in 2019 to be the primary source of accurate, engaging, highly accessible information for MEF brand, mission and key products/value propositions.
- Templating outbound promotions to support product launches across product portfolio
- Refining MEF 3.0 Workshop content
- Amplification of MEF member engagement
- Productize & promote MEF 3.0 services certification
- Productize & promote SD-WAN services standard
- Productize & promote LSO Sonata with Carrier Ethernet , incl. certification.
- Productize & promote LSO Presto
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- Capacity Middle East March 6-7, Dubai
- Layer123 Zero Touch Automation Congress March 26-28, Madrid
- MPLS + SDN + NFV World Congress & MEF 3.0 Workshop, April 9-12, Paris
- Network Transformation Congress April 29-May 1 San Jose
See the Q1/19 MEF Community Summary .
- The objectives of the second year of the program will be to strengthen the interaction between the MEF 3.0 Implementation projects and the standards work in MEF, as well as to align the lifecycle of the projects on an annual basis with showcasing in MEF events (e.g. MEF19).
- Continuation of existing projects, as well as new projects covering topic areas including SD-WAN, 5G, uCPE, SECaaS, automated access aggregation, blockchain, satellite, , network slicing, intent, and machine learning are being planned now and will be discussed in the Hong Kong meeting in January.
- The first submission deadline for MEF19 PoCs is February 8 th .
Communications & Research Director, MEF
MEF18 Program Director