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MEF Names First-Ever CTO, Addresses Agile Networking

By Paula Bernier March 04, 2016

The communications arena is undergoing the greatest change since the rise of the Internet, many industry players will tell you. Indeed, every business today is a digital business, as they say, so organizations of all stripes are working to figure out how to survive and thrive in the age of the mobile app, the smartphone, and big data. To help those businesses do all that; address the growing hunger for broadband connectivity; and more effectively compete with over-the-top players like Amazon, Apple, and Google that have proven themselves to be faster and more innovative, traditional communication service providers are working to transform their networks and themselves into more agile operations by leveraging network functions virtualization, open source technology, and software-defined networking.

Recognizing all this change is afoot, the MEF is changing as well. Signs of this recognition include the fact that the organization has expanded its scope to address what it calls Third Network services, and appointed a CTO for the first time.

The MEF describes the Third Network as an agile, assured, and orchestrated environment. Among the MEF’s new projects on this front is an effort around Layer 3 IP service attributes. That, the MEF explains, will help enable multi-operator orchestration of IP services employing MEF Lifecycle Service Orchestration.

“It enables the definition of standard LSO APIs and Yang modules at the service layer for managing and monitoring IP services – including inter-provider services – that are consistent with the LSO Reference Architecture used for Carrier Ethernet services,” said David Ward, CTO of engineering and chief architect at Cisco. “Enabling automation of inter-provider IP services is a key pain point for our service provider customers today, which this work will help address."

(APIs and model-driven templates like Yang serve to simplify integration with different OSS, SDN, and virtual infrastructure manager platforms.)

As for MEF’s new CTO, he is Pascal Menezes, who was previously the principal at Microsoft Skype for Business. Now he’ll be working at the MEF to align key work programs within the MEF as well as with open source and SDO efforts.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Executive Editor, TMC

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