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21 July 2017
| Natalie Bannerman
The MEF, formerly the Metro Ethernet Forum, has announced that it is extending its work in an attempt to standardise SD-WAN managed services.
The MEF, formerly the Metro Ethernet Forum, has announced
that it is extending its work in an attempt to standardise
managed services on software-defined wide-area networks
It will define SD-WAN service terminology, components and
implementations utilising MEF’s LSO (Lifecycle
Service Orchestration), Reference Architecture and Framework.
This work will ensure the consistency of performance, policy
and security of SD-WAN services across multiple provider
networks, leveraging open LSO APIs.
"Businesses are demanding WAN flexibility to control costs as
they migrate applications to the cloud and see SD-WAN as an
option to address this," said Pascal Menezes, CTO at MEF.
"To meet these demands and remain competitive, service
providers are looking to integrate SD-WAN into a portfolio of
orchestrated services delivered in a seamless, automated
fashion. MEF is uniquely positioned to bring together managed
service providers (MSPs), orchestration experts, and SD-WAN
vendors to address this challenge and accelerate SD-WAN managed
service deployments on behalf of the enterprises."
MEF has already established an OpenCS SD-WAN project which
is led by Riverbed and VeloCloud and includes contributions
from a number of vendors including Amartus, Cox, Fujitsu
Network Communications, GBI, Huawei, Nokia’s
Nuage, Silver Peak and Versa Networks.
The project is focused on providing use cases and business
requirements to ensure that providers and vendors can implement
SD-WAN managed services using open standard LSO
API’s. The first six major SD-WAN managed services
use cases have been agreed on by the MEF community.
"MEF’s OpenCS SD-WAN project is empowering the
service provider community with vendor-neutral models for
optimally delivering applications over real world
software-defined infrastructure," said Joe Ruffles, global
standards architect at Riverbed.
In addition, the project will also deliver a rich set of LSO
APIs to enable consistent SD-WAN assurance, application
performance, and security policies, which include telemetry
data feeding back into LSO analytic platforms for various AI
automated use cases.
"Our OpenCS SD-WAN project will enable integration of managed
SD-WAN services in multi-service environments with seamless
interoperability between different orchestrated services," said
Tim Van Herck, director of technical marketing at VeloCloud
"This will further accelerate deployment by providers and
adoption by enterprise clients."