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A new transformative initiative is being developed to standardize Lifecycle Services Orchestration (LSO) application programming interfaces (APIs) for orchestrating connectivity services across multiple global networks.
This initiative is being spearheaded by MEF and TM Forum, in conjunction with major service providers, including AT&T, Colt Technology Services, Level 3, Orange, Comcast, PCCW Global, Verizon, Sparkle, CableLabs and Kyrio, all of which have recently conducted work at MEF to develop a complete suite of inter-provider LSO APIs that use the MEF LSO Framework and the TM Forum Open API framework.
The communications landscape is in a state of rapid transformation, as businesses everywhere are laying the groundwork to compete in a hyper-connected world. For that reason, it’s everyone’s responsibility, from C-level executives to senior service and technology professionals, to stay on top of the latest innovations that are shaping the industry.
One of the best opportunities to catch up about the latest trends in enterprise communications will take place at the MEF17 global networking event, Nov. 13 to 16 at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Until recently, obtaining connectivity at the edge of the network was a complex and time-consuming ordeal. Recent advancements in the connectivity-as-a-service market, however, have made it much easier for enterprises to access leading cloud providers.
Connectivity as a service provider Global Capacity, for instance, recently announced its new Ethernet Multi-Cloud Connect service, a virtual network service from its award-winning One Marketplace software-defined network platform. The product, which was recognized by MEF as the Best Ethernet Service Innovation of 2016, offers enterprises a flexible way to build multiple cloud services across multiple locations in real time, from a single port.
The Transition to Third Network Services is About to Gain Greater Traction MEF Appoints SDN Visionary Dan Pitt to Senior Vice-President
The communications industry is transitioning to Third Network Services, which combine the performance and security assurances of Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) with the agility and ubiquity of the internet. At the heart of this shift is MEF, which is the driving force enabling agile, assured and orchestrated Third Network Services powered by LSO, SDNFV and CE 2.0.
Just recently, MEF reinforced its commitment to accelerating the industry’s transition to Third Network Services by naming Dr. Dan Pitt as Senior Vice President. Dr. Pitt is the former executive director of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), as well as a software-defined networking (SDN) visionary. He will be tasked with evangelizing the MEF Third Network Vision and technical program. Dr. Pitt will also work to harness open APIs and SDNFV in the Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) framework, and expand the MEF community and ecosystem.
TelecomTV/MEF16: Allan Langfield, Comcast – Journey To Interoperable On-Demand Services Powered By LSO, SDN & NFV
Originally posted on ThirdNetworkNews
TelecomTV at MEF16 – Allan Langfield, Exec. Director, Product Development, Comcast Business; Board Director; MEF; Operations Area Co-Director, MEF – MEF’s work on CE 2.0 (Carrier Ethernet 2.0) is a lynchpin for effectively doing on-demand services managed services that ultimately will transit multiple provider networks. Allan notes, “We need those services specifications. We need those operational constructs that are going to support this entire new ecosystem of services that customers are starting to ask for.” Carriers are coming to the MEF and asking the organization to help them orchestrate services (with LSO) not just over their own networks but carrier-to-carrier-to-customer in a way that is very consistent, very reliable, and on-demand.
Year after year, it becomes ever more interesting to consider the top trends that will shaping the telecommunications industry. One of the more important drivers is the acceleration of Third Network services. These services combine the agility and ubiquity of the Internet with the performance and security of CE 2.0 (Carrier Ethernet) networks to bring users new capabilities.
The Third Network made quite the showing at the recent MEF16 global networking event in Baltimore. Hosted by MEF, MEF16 attracted more than 1,000 registrants from 30 countries and 260 companies. There were more than 120 sponsors, event partners and participating companies on hand as well.
“MEF16 provided an extraordinary opportunity for attendees to engage with world-leading service and technology innovators and to be inspired by their diligent efforts to usher in a new era of on-demand services that will reshape the communications landscape,” stated Kevin Vachon, Chief Operating Officer, MEF.
The Network and Carrier Ethernet community recently gathered for the MEF16 Excellence Awards, a special presentation at MEF16, to recognize service, technology and applications as well as professional excellence and innovation within the field.
Global Capacity, the leading connectivity as a service company, was presented an MEF16 Excellence Award in the “Best Service Innovation – North America” category for its Ethernet Cloud Connect service.