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MEF 3.0 is a Transformational Global Services Framework for defining, delivering, and certifying assured communications services orchestrated across a global ecosystem of automated networks.

Standardized, Orchestrated Services

MEF 3.0 services empower users with the dynamic performance and security required to thrive in the digital economy. MEF 3.0 services provide an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with unprecedented user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities.

The planned MEF 3.0 service family includes dynamic Carrier Ethernet, SD-WAN, Optical Transport, IP, Security-as-a-Service, and other virtualized services that will be orchestrated over programmable networks using LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) APIs.

Open LSO APIs

MEF’s LSO Reference Architecture guides agile development of standardized LSO APIs that enable end-to-end orchestration of MEF 3.0 services across multiple providers and over multiple network technology domains (e.g., Optical Transport, CE, IP, 5G, etc.).

With LSO, service providers are able to evolve from a silo-structured BSS/OSS approach towards flexible orchestration that helps maximize return on SDN and NFV investments. In addition, the combination of standardized MEF 3.0 services and LSO APIs enables service providers to transition from operating as independent islands to being integral players in a worldwide federation of cloud-like networks supporting dynamic services across multiple providers.

Service, Technology & Professional Certifications

MEF has enhanced its services, technology, and professional certification programs to accelerate availability and adoption of MEF 3.0 solutions and ensure competitiveness now and in the future. 

MEF 3.0 services and technology certification is delivered by MEF’s testing partner, Iometrix, on an on-demand cloud-based virtual test platform that empowers companies to certify that their solutions comply with the latest MEF 3.0 releases. The MEF 3.0 framework provides the ability to adopt an incremental release approach for both services and LSO APIs and to tightly align certification with each release.

MEF has expanded its professional certification program to include MEF-SDN/NFV and MEF Network Foundations certifications in addition to the popular MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP) certification. MEF offers the only vendor-neutral industry accreditations that recognize the technical depth required in SDN, NFV, and CE technologies to support successful network and service transformation.

Community Collaboration

MEF has been working with many of the world’s leading service and technology providers, open source projects, standards associations, and enterprises to realize a shared vision of dynamic services orchestrated across automated networks. Key examples of community collaboration include:

  • Proof of Concept Demonstrations
  • Enterprise Advisory Council (EAC)
  • LSO Hackathons
  • Software Developer Community

 

MEF 3.0 Services Circle

 

 

MEF – Accelerating Industry Innovation

With 200+ member companies and a track record of success, MEF is uniquely positioned to drive development and worldwide adoption of dynamic, assured services orchestrated across a global federation of automated networks. Join us on this exciting journey to transform the industry!

MEF 3.0 & CE 2.0 Frameworks Compared CE 2.0 MEF 3.0
Standardized, Orchestration-Ready Services
MEF 3.0 includes dynamic Carrier Ethernet, Optical Transport, IP, SD-WAN, security, and other virtualized services that are orchestrated over programmable networks using LSO APIs.
Non-Orchestrated    
CE 2.0
 
 
Orchestration-Ready    
MEF 3.0 CE
 
 
MEF 3.0 SD-WAN
 
 
MEF 3.0 Optical Transport
 
 
MEF 3.0 IP
 
 
Security & Other L4 - L7 Services
 
 
LSO Framework & Open LSO APIs
MEF’s LSO Framework guides agile development of open LSO APIs that enable end-to-end orchestration of MEF 3.0 services across multiple providers & multiple network technology domains.
LSO Reference Architecture & Framework
 
 
Inter-Provider & Intra-Provider Open LSO APIs (Interface Profile Specifications, Software Development Kits)
 
 
Operational Specifications (Service Lifecycle, Ordering, etc.)
 
 
Service, Technology, and Professional Certifications
MEF has enhanced its services, technology, and professional certification programs to accelerate availability and adoption of MEF 3.0 solutions.
CE service and technology certification
 
 
SD-WAN service certification
 
 
LSO API certification
 
 
Bundled service & orchestration testing
 
 
On-demand, user-initiated testing
 
 
Carrier Ethernet Certified Professionals (MEF-CECP)
 
 
SDN/NFV Certified Professionals (MEF-SDN/NFV)
 
 
Network Foundations Certified Professionals (MEF-NF)
 
 
Community Collaboration
MEF has been working with many of the world’s leading service and technology providers, open source projects, standards associations, and enterprises to realize a shared vision of dynamic services orchestrated across automated networks.
Standards collaboration among industry associations
 
 
Open source collaboration
 
 
Proof of Concept Demonstrations
 
 
MEF 3.0 Implementation Projects
 
 
Enterprise Advisory Council
 
 
LSO Hackathon
 
 
Software Developer Community
 
 

Public Resources

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