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MEF Gets Partner for SD-WAN Service Standards Effort

Industry association MEF is partnering with ONUG (formerly Open Networking User Group) to further its efforts to develop requirements and standards in the software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) space.

As we reported in August, MEF finalized a global SD-WAN standard, what it called SD-WAN Service Attributes and Services (MEF 70), which "describes requirements for an application-aware, over-the-top WAN connectivity service that uses policies to determine how application flows are directed over multiple underlay networks irrespective of the underlay technologies or service providers who deliver them."

Yesterday (Oct. 7), MEF announced ONUG is joining its efforts.

"MEF will leverage ONUG's hybrid multi-cloud enterprise end user requirements to accelerate development of MEF 3.0 SD-WAN managed services standards and related certification programs for services, technologies, and professionals," a news release stated. "Technology vendors and service providers that are MEF members and interested in helping shape what SD-WAN services will be offered to enterprises can participate and gain complete visibility into the development of SD-WAN requirements and standards."

After many fits and starts, the disruptive software-defined networking (SDN) movement has seen the SD-WAN space emerge as its front-and-center vanguard, penetrating the service provider and enterprise markets, for examples.

The two industry organizations will develop a joint definition of common service models and APIs used to automate SD-WAN services, focusing first on:

  • ONUG SD-WAN 1.0 service models and API specifications
  • ONUG SD-WAN 2.0 multi-cloud integration use cases
  • Application security for SD-WANs
  • Intent-based networking and service automation for SD-WANs

"As part of this collaboration, ONUG's enterprise use case requirements will directly influence MEF's ongoing SD-WAN projects so that the appropriate service specifications and certifications can be further matured," the news release said.

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David Ramel is an editor and writer for Converge360.

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