MEF Releases Two White Papers on Carrier Ethernet Service Assurance

Global network backgroundMEF just released a pair of new white papers to help businesses understand carrier Ethernet service assurance.

Assurance is a foundational element of widely-deployed MEF CE 2.0 (carrier Ethernet) services. It’s very important, especially when considering the widespread business migration to dynamic Third Network services over combined virtual and physical networks powered by technologies, such as LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), SDN, and NFV technologies.

MEF’s white papers provide a comprehensive overview on assurance and performance monitoring best practices across MEF’s body of work. MEF published them to enable service providers to deliver high-value CE services that are fully assured, and to help them provide the service quality that is required to succeed in today’s competitive carrier-to-carrier and competitive business service markets.

Here is a look at both white papers:

White Paper Part I: An Introduction to Service Assurance and Carrier Ethernet Service Performance Attributes

This white paper explores assurance and performance monitoring within the context of CE 2.0 services and addresses the evolving role of performance management with respect to LSO and the Third Network vision.

White Paper Part II: How To Measure Carrier Ethernet Performance Attributes

Part II investigates the practical methods and considerations for measuring CE service performance. Readers will learn how to measure service quality based on MEF’s global standards.

“Assuring network service quality for enterprises and consumers has never been more important,” stated Christopher Cullan, Director of Product Marketing, Business Services Solutions, InfoVista, and editor of the CE Service Assurance white papers. “Carrier Ethernet has been leading the way for connectivity services by assuring performance through industry best practices, and, equally important, by providing a standards-based foundation for building dynamic inter-operator and inter-cloud connectivity. As a proud member of MEF, InfoVista is pleased to help drive the sharing and adoption of these best practices to achieve the best service quality for both today’s and tomorrow’s networks.”

As MEF President Nan Chen explained, MEF is very appreciative of the white papers.

“MEF wishes to thank our member professionals who played important roles in creating the service assurance white papers, including editor and principal author Christopher Cullan and contributors from Cisco, RAD, Charter, AT&T, and PLDT,” stated Chen. “Their work will make it easier for service providers to implement assurance in support of robust SLAs and also to have a common, standard model to share performance data required for multi-provider Third Network services.”

To download these white papers, click here.