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Dispatch from the MEF Annual Meeting

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Read about the MEF Annual Members Meeting, joining the MEF Leadership Team and new priorities

New Priorities and New Leadership

I recently participated in the MEF Annual Members Meeting in Philadelphia. Comcast Business hosted the standards meeting in America’s first capital, where one of the most significant outcomes was the ratification and public release of the industry’s first SD-WAN Services Standard, MEF 70, which is an important development for our industry.

On a personal note, after nearly a decade contributing to the open networking movement, catalyzed by SDN and NFV, I was honored to assume new responsibilities when I was named as co-chair of the MEF Certification Committee and also called upon to join the MEF Leadership Team. Spirent has so much to contribute to the work that MEF has in development and I’m proud to represent the company in these new roles.

Why certification is needed more than ever

I’m excited to be taking on this new role as my involvement with MEF Certification spans back to 2017, when I was first invited to contribute to the SDN/NFV Professional Certification as a subject-matter expert. The goal was to restore order in the increasingly fragmented, multibillion-dollar SD-WAN market, and take a step towards multi-vendor SD-WAN. Within MEF, the Certification Committee (one of five such committees) plays a major role in attaining MEF’s mission to “accelerate the worldwide adoption of assured services across automated networks”.

Taking a page from the past, MEF intends to build a comprehensive Certification program to replicate the success of the multibillion-dollar Carrier Ethernet market. Certification is one of four pillars comprising the MEF 3.0 framework, focused on “delivering, and certifying assured communications services orchestrated across a global ecosystem of automated networks”.

The MEF Certification Committee affords a unique opportunity to continue Spirent’s long heritage of contributing to the open networking movement, including Open Networking Foundation, ETSI NFV ISG, NetSecOPEN and more recently 5G.

Toward assurance

At a forward-looking MEF Birds of a Feather (BoF) session in Philadelphia, I also shared Spirent’s vision for Lifecycle Service Assurance (LSA). Our comprehensive testing vision spans the entire automated service delivery lifecycle, from the infrastructure layer to application layer. My presentation stimulated a lot of discussion on the evolving role of testing and validation in the virtualized architecture, and I’ll share more of this with you in a future blog.

Needless to say, Spirent is planning major contributions to the certification, testing, assurance and security activities within the MEF, so stay tuned for how Spirent is reshaping testing, validation and assurance in the virtualized architecture.

For additional details, please feel free to reach out to me at marc.cohn@spirent.com.

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Marc Cohn
Marc Cohn

虚拟化营销与技术战略总监

Marc在思博伦的战略部门工作,其任务是确定虚拟化领域的技术方向。他专长于SDN和NFV领域,曾担任Linux基金会的网络战略副总裁、OPEN-Oopen编排项目(自从并入ONAP项目以来)执行董事、开放网络基金会(ONF)市场区域总监和研究员 、ETSI NFV ISG主席的顾问、OpenDaylight董事会银牌会员代表和财务主管。他还在 ClearPath Networks、Ciena和 IP Infusion等公司担任过战略和营销方面的高层职务。最近,Marc被任命为MEF认证委员会的联合主席,并加入了MEF的领导团队。您可以在LinkedIn上与Marc联系,或关注他的Twitter账号 @mdcohn