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MEF19 industry analysis and how Vertel shapes up

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Bruce Reid, Head of Service Provider Partnerships, Vertel

Recently, I attended the MEF19 conference in Los Angeles to engage with other MEF industry leaders on the future of communication services, industry predictions, and the new certifications that future services will need to meet.

The conference focused primarily on the MEF 3.0 Transformational Global Services Framework, and how, using a combination of standardised overlay SD-WAN services and dynamic underlay connectivity services, powers a hybrid networking solution. This lets MEF 3.0 offer unprecedented user and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities, with nimble performance, assurance and security for the digital workplace.

Workshops, concept demonstrations and exhibits were run to provide more information on topics such as: empowering enterprise digital transformation with MEF3.0; driving MEF adoption; network innovation hot topics; and the 5G transformation journey.

A major focus of the discussions was standardising Carrier Ethernet (CE) networks, which is currently more than an $85 billion services market that is expected to grow globally to more than a $380 billion market within the next five years. The new standards for CE Services will validate attributes and parameters, defined in MEF Technical Specifications for the subscriber and wholesale CE Services, for functionality, frame behaviour, bandwidth profile and service performance.

Another focus was on SD-WAN services, strategy and standards. The standard (MEF70) is expected to regulate the SD-WAN solution that providers offer and certify SD-WAN professionals as enterprises rapidly look to adopt SD-WAN solutions. Standardising SD-WAN solutions will aim to:- simplify and accelerate market growth; interface policy and improve application experience; facilitate and automate networks; and enhance confidence to drive market growth.

Nuage Networks has just been named as one of the initial 3 vendors who have successfully passed the MEF 3.0 SD-WAN certification testing.

Vertel is in an envious position to easily apply these requirements to its SD-WAN solution in order to meet the new standards. Vertel has developed an innovative SD-WANaaS offering which enables Managed Service Provider, and System Integrators to offer their clients a white-label SD-WAN service without the investment CAPEX and time to build a DIY solution.

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