MEF has updated the industry on its progress toward the 3.0 version of its standards. At MEF19 out in Los Angeles this week they issued a flurry of announcements shifting more of their work on SD-WAN and related automation from theory into practice.
The SD-WAN standard they published back in August has now been supplemented with a Services whitepaper detailing definitions, requirements, and applications. Those SD-WAN standards joined parallel ones for Carrier Ethernet, IP, and security issued in the last 12 months, with optical transport now in final phases.
They have also followed through with promises to introduce certification programs. Spirent Communications will be the SD-WAN Authorized Certfication and Test Partner, and the first companies going through the process will be announced in Q1 of 2020. Meanwhile, they have also unveiled a program for industry professionals, MEF_SDCP, after working out the kinks with some 200 beta participants from the industry who will get their credentials in December.
On other fronts, MEF also unveiled a fourth release of LSO Sonata SDK. A pilot LSO S0nata Certification program is underway with an initial focus on the automation of E-Line services with 13 service providers from around the world participating.
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