What We Learned at MEF19

What We Learned at MEF19

In November, Champion ONE had the opportunity to sponsor and exhibit at MEF19 in Los Angeles, CA!

The C1 team at Booth 601.

Our exhibit featured our 100G Open Line Systems in a successful live demonstration of an end-to-end system that also include our 100G Open Network Switches. In this article, we’ll discuss a few key points from this fantastic event.

Our live demo of the Open Line System generated some great conversations.

Standardization Is Critical

“Transform. Federate. Certify.”

We’ve long been advocates for industry standards for hardware, and MEF 3.0 complements these benefits quite effectively for entire networks. First announced in 2017, these standards are increasingly vital to efficient modern network operation. MEF 3.0 governs essential network functionality including open APIs for lifecycle service orchestration (LSO), standardized orchestrated services (e.g., SD-WAN, dynamic carrier Ethernet), and much more. The standards are accepted in 99 countries, which is crucial for an increasingly global networking world.

All About Automation

Service automation was a hot topic among many eventgoers this year, as shown in the proof of concept exhibitions. In one such example, a leading global service provider indicated how standards-based service automation in compliance with MEF 3.0 could greatly benefit their large enterprise customers.

This use case detailed a multinational enterprise customer, for whom they provide on-net and off-net services. Using traditional methods (i.e., without automation) setting up all of these services could take 2 full weeks, and possibly up to a month. However, adopting MEF-standard service automation could reduce this time to a single day – and possibly even a few hours!

The ultimate goal of an automated network may be customer self-service. Since automated services can be turned up or removed extremely quickly, end customers may be able to expand their bandwidth overnight for special circumstances and projects, e.g., a large data backup.

A Collaborative Spirit

Another interesting trend among the proof-of-concept exhibitions was their truly collaborative nature. Instead of a single organization owning an entire proof of concept, each exhibit involved 3 to 7 different organizations working together. As end customers require increasingly robust, complex solutions that are MEF 3.0 compliant, open collaboration among specialists in hardware, software, cloud implementation and more will become even more critical to driving future innovation.

In fact, this teamwork shouldn’t stop after a single proof of concept is completed. It was widely recommended that these internal teams should stay together and continue sharing their knowledge to ensure continual evolution of the proven solutions to fit future customer needs.

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