11 October 2017
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Carriers including AT&T, CenturyLink and Orange are lining up to support the first software kits that allows service providers to orchestrate connectivity services.
MEF, the former Metro Ethernet Forum, announced two
industry-leading releases at a conference in The Hague: the
Sonata lifecycle service orchestration (LSO) software
development kit, and the Presto SDK for orchestrating
connectivity services over multiple network technology
"A tremendous amount of collaborative work has been going on to
build out a global community of automated, software-defined,
and interconnected networks that will support orchestration of
on-demand services across multiple providers and multiple
network technology domains," said MEF president Nan Chen.
The announcements emerged at the SDN NFV World Congress 2017,
being held in The Hague this week by Layer123, a sister company
of the publisher of Capacity.
"More than 25 MEF member companies and other industry
organizations have been involved in advancing the
groundbreaking LSO Sonata API and LSO Presto API initiatives,"
said Chen. "We congratulate these teams on their progress in
moving the industry forward."
Sonata is backed by a number of carriers, including AT&T,
Orange, Colt, CenturyLink and PCCW Global, as well as hardware
and software vendors. Contributors to Presto include
CenturyLink, Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei, NEC and Nokia.
Mirko Voltolini, head of network on demand at Colt, said: "LSO
Sonata SDK Release 1 provides the foundation that allows us to
extend Colt’s on-demand offering, enabling global
network-as-a-service propositions for our customers and solving
the real challenges that their businesses face in the digital
Tara Cummings, solution architect at Ericsson, said: "The
Presto SDK highlights the agile process at MEF that enables
acceptance, implementation and feedback for specification
standards. This collaborative effort combined with software and
networking expertise provides an excellent reference
implementation that removes ambiguity and reduces the learning
curve that comes with interpreting standards."