We broke the news last year that the MEF published two MEF 3.0 Ethernet and IP specifications, furthered two MEF 3.0 SD-WAN projects and is nearly ready to finalize a MEF 3.0 Layer 1 service definition specification since the initial release of the MEF 3.0 transformation global services framework in November.
“Expansion of MEF 3.0 standardization work beyond Ethernet to include IP, SD-WAN, and Layer 1 services is critical for enabling the streamlined interconnection and orchestration of a mix of connectivity services across multiple providers,” said Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF. “Combining this work with the ongoing development of our emerging suite of LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) APIs will pave the way for orchestrated delivery of on-demand, cloud-centric services with unprecedented user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities.”
This past may the draft SD-WAN service standard became publicly available.
“MEF’s team of SD-WAN experts has worked overtime to develop a robust and timely industry-standard following multiple rounds of in-depth peer review,” said Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF. “We will officially publish MEF’s SD-WAN service standard by mid-July 2019, but we are making the final draft publicly available now because broad industry alignment on common terminology will be healthy for market growth.”
Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. recently announced that its SD-WAN-as-a-Service offering complies with SD-WAN Service Attributes and Services standard MEF 70. The full-featured managed SD-WAN service from Fujitsu provides all the capabilities described in the MEF 70 standard, delivering a turnkey SD-WAN solution with no upfront costs and simplified service delivery using a pay-as-you-go subscription-based model.
As an incubator of MEF’s SD-WAN work and an SD-WAN service provider, Fujitsu made significant contributions to the new MEF 70 SD-WAN service standard to ensure that it addresses practical, real-world customer requirements and use cases.
As applications increasingly migrate to multiple clouds and virtual private clouds, enterprises and government agencies are turning to SD-WAN as a critical digital service that enables and accelerates their multi-cloud deployments. Communication service providers, MSPs, digital service provider and broadband providers are realizing the transformative nature of SD-WAN to facilitate their customers’ digital transformation while creating new revenue streams.
Resellers and subscribers can rest assured that Fujitsu SD-WANaaS conforms with the MEF 70 standard, supporting the SD-WAN user network interface (UNI), physical SD-WAN Edges and virtual SD-WAN Edges in private and virtual private clouds, tunnel virtual connections (TVC), application classification and policy criteria requirements.
“We designed our SD-WAN-as-a-Service to comply with the MEF 70 standard, which Fujitsu co-developed, leveraging our expertise in designing, deploying and operating software-defined, OTT virtual network services,” said Ralph Santitoro, head of SDN/NFV/SD-WAN Services at Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. “We anticipate the new MEF SD-WAN service standard will accelerate adoption of this transformational technology by eliminating market confusion and defining a service that can operate over any type of underlay network from any service provider.”
“SD-WAN service standardization enables industry players throughout the ecosystem to use commonly understood terminology when buying, selling, deploying and delivering SD-WAN services,” said Roopa Honnachari, Industry Director, Information and Communications Technologies at Frost & Sullivan. “With the help of MEF member companies like Fujitsu, the MEF 70 standard and subsequent MEF SD-WAN standardization work will accelerate SD-WAN market adoption.”
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