Vertel’s Sylvester Singarayer achieves Australia’s first MEF SD-WAN certification
Vertel’s Sylvester Singarayer, fixed networks engineering manager, has become the first Australian to achieve the MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum) SD-WAN Certified Professional (MEF-SDCP).
MEF-SDCP is a professional level, specialisation certification within the MEF Professional Certification Framework. Sylvester was one of 200 applicants, across 80 countries, who were selected to undergo the first test for the certification, with only 129 of the applicants successfully completing the exam, including two Australians.
The selected SD-WAN professionals underwent a two-part certification program. The first involved self-study and self-training for the professionals to conduct a research piece of their own. The second part was an exam and accreditation held by MEF.This means certified professionals can: speak the emerging common language for SD-WAN to assist stakeholders, users, buyers and sellers of the service with transparent communication; define SD-WAN services to ensure they meet the industry standard as defined by MEF, and educate fellow professionals on this technology.
With this certification, Sylvester can align his team’s roles, which include SD-WAN design and architecture, mapping customer requirements into SD-WAN features, and migration strategies, with the content and objectives from the certification.
SD-WAN is a rapidly growing market, with IDC predicting it to reach USD$5.25 billion by 2023.1 Many more telecommunications organisations now offer SD-WAN services; however, there is a lack of alignment and standardisation of service features and attributes across the industry as a whole.
Recognising this, MEF developed an industry standard for SD-WAN called the MEF70. The standard regulates SD-WAN solutions and terminology, making the marketplace more transparent for all stakeholders involved.
Sylvester is now recognised by MEF as a certified SD-WAN professional, with his qualifications making him an invaluable asset to Vertel. More of Vertel’s team is currently planning to undergo the certification and further education on SD-WAN to provide customers with the best possible solutions for their businesses.