MEF has posted a progress update on its 3.0 work in Ethernet, IP, SD-WAN, and Layer 1 standardization. The MEF 62 specification for Managed Access E-Line has now been
published, as has the MEF 61 Subscriber IP Service Attributes Technical specification. Both seek essentially to condense order from chaos when it comes to defining the services that providers present to customers, making orchestration and automation tasks doable.
In addition, multiple MEF members are working together to orchestrate services across multiple SD-WAN deployments. Riverbed, VMware’s VeloCloud, Nokia’s Nuage Networks, Amartus, and others are working on the first phase, in which each implements an SD-WAN based on its own products which is then interconnected through a central gateway and orchestrated via a single LSO for connectivity that span 2+ vendor solutions. In the next phase they’ll be adding security-as-a-service to such deployments, with additional capabilities in the wings.
The speed and efficiency with which the industry has been working together on such automation and service orchestration has surprised me. If you’d suggested a few years ago that things were going to go so quickly, I would not have believed you and pointed toward 2020.
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