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As more and more application workloads move to the cloud, there is a need to ensure that cloud applications deliver a high quality, frictionless end-user experience, as if their applications were operated within a single network.

The objective of MEF 3.0 applications services is to ultimately enable applications to dynamically interact with the network using a set of machine-to-machine APIs, thereby ensuring that application-level quality of experience, security, and performance requirements can be met by the underlying network infrastructure without human intervention. This new service completely aligns with the three pillars of MEF's vision:

  • Agile – Enable networks to be programmed by applications for a given set of autonomic behaviors such that control, visibility, and performance guarantees can be realized in an on-demand and almost real-time manner.
  • Assured – Enable networks to deliver on application performance objectives, availability, security, and middle box interoperability using automation principles.
  • Orchestrated – Enable networks that are inter-connected from device-to-the-cloud to be orchestrated, automated, and coordinated for a given set of network connectivity, services, and performance objectives.

Intent - To support a higher level of abstraction interaction between applications and networks, an Intent Work Area has started under the Applications Committee to collaboratively develop a common, multi-vendor, interoperable, intent-based set of APIs enabling networks to be treated as a programmable abstraction layer comprised of a closed-loop, black box model. Initial focus will be on an intent based edge proxy use case. Other use cases and work areas will be established as new work is contemplated and approved.

Real Time Media SDN - leverages the emergence of Software Defined Networking (SDN) as a powerful and flexible solution to address the challenges of deploying and supporting a high quality and reliable user experience for real-time media. By allowing real-time media applications to dynamically interact with the network using a set of machine-to-machine APIs, this aims to ensure that application-level quality of experience and performance requirements can be met and automatically optimized by the underlying network infrastructure, without human intervention required. RTM SDN provides visibility and automation to enable the rapid deployment of complex ecosystem of networks, real-time media applications, devices and services end-to-end.