Carriers line up to support MEF’s service orchestration kits

Carriers line up to support MEF’s service orchestration kits

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 domains.

“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 world.”

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.”

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