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MEFAGEN14The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) has been typically associated with resource-driven Carrier Ethernet specifications and network speeds and feeds. Last month’s MEF Global Ethernet Networking show, MEF GEN 14, saw the emergence of a new direction that emphasized software instead, especially orchestrators of assured connectivity services.

The show proved that if carriers want to stay ahead of the game, it’s about time for them to change the course to software-oriented applications, and step into what the Forum hailed “Third Network”, the next stage of industry growth, focused on agile networks.

Proof point: all six companies selected for the Proof of Concept Showcase (including Amartus) demoed Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) solutions. LSO, together with SDN and NFV, have been identified as the three pillars of new, modern, open and agile Carrier Ethernet services.

The PoC companies were one of the first to recognize the market value of orchestration, which is crucial to take the existing OSS and BSS infrastructures into the next level of virtualization and software-defined networks.

This was further confirmed by the president of the MEF himself, Nan Chen, who stated in his interview for SDN Central: People realize if they want to migrate from existing infrastructure to the new infrastructure, they need to have the service orchestration abstraction layer. 

With such a strong focus on service innovation and business agility, the show was a great place for Amartus to be, thanks to our pioneering Chameleon SDS service orchestration software, a leading management and orchestration solution for combined, CE 2.0, Cloud, NFV and SDN services.

We had a big presence at the show:

  • Live runtime, programmable service orchestration demonstration at the Proof of Concept Showcase (see below and follow this link to see the architecture)
  • Participation on a lively and informative expert panel focused on End-to-End Orchestration For Combined Cloud & Ethernet Services
  • Participation at the Exhibit where we showed the power of Chameleon SDS dynamic service management & orchestration capabilities (and gave away our Chameleon plush toys – one of the hottest gifts at the show!)
  • Participation in the SDN/NFV panel for press & international press lunch

Proof of Concept: Deploying Services via Dynamic Service Catalogue Extensions

The most important of the above activities was our Proof of Concept (prepared in conjunction with our partner Transition Networks), which really demonstrated the value that Chameleon SDS brings to Carrier Ethernet 2.0 networks.

In our POC, we showcased a unique runtime programmable service orchestration solution based on the Amartus Chameleon SDS platform and CE 2.0 Ethernet demarcation devices from Transition Networks. The demonstration focused on two application scenarios that exploit CE 2.0 networks via a REST API based on TMF and MEF standards.

Amartus demonstrated the runtime introduction and provisioning of a complex Cloud-hosted corporate IP multimedia infrastructure service using a dynamic service catalogue approach. This service used a carrier-grade CE 2.0 network service to connect each corporate site to the Cloud-hosted IMS solution based on best in breed open systems, open standards and open source NFV, SDN & Cloud technologies. The first stage featured runtime introduction of a completely new service type into Chameleon SDS from scratch. Then an entire end-to-end service of this type was established live, in a single provisioning request.

In addition, Transition Networks demonstrated the use of iPad Apps and the REST API of its Converge EMS™ (based on Chameleon framework) to deliver agile, easy-to-use field engineer solutions for provisioning and operation of the network.

All in all, the show represented a major leap for Carrier Ethernet by establishing its role alongside the latest NFV, SDN and Cloud technologies to deliver future agile, orchestrated, on-demand, elastic cloud and network services. The emergence of the MEF Third Network vision and real-world demonstrations of Service Orchestration solutions has laid the foundations for a new era of Carrier Ethernet innovation.

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