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TelecomTV/MEF16: Josh Goodell, VP, AT&T Network On Demand, AT&T - Delivering Agility, Flexibility & Control With Differentiated Services

TelecomTV at MEF16: Josh Goodell, VP, AT&T Network On Demand - Over the past year, AT&T has expanded its Network On Demand portfolio beyond Switched Ethernet to included Managed Internet and NFV-based FlexWare services with the goal of giving customers greater agility, flexibility, and control. Since its launch in 2015, more than 2,000 businesses have signed up for AT&T Network on Demand solutions, including more than 1,300 for Switched Ethernet with on-demand capabilities. AT&T has rearchitected its entire core network -- leveraging SDN and orchestration technologies -- to meet the demands of video traffic and is now utilizing that network to deliver differentiated services. Switched Ethernet and Managed Internet services are core services going out to the network edge, while FlexWare is an edge service. Josh explained FlexWare: "What we're doing is taking the traditional approach of proprietary boxes out on the edge of the network and really turning that model on its head. And so what we have now is a model where customers will have a single device on the edge that can run multiple functions on that device - whether it be routing, WAN acceleration, security -- and they can dynamically choose what functions they want." SD-WAN is tied into the FlexWare service. 

Josh elaborated on AT&T's SDN interoperability trial with Colt Technology Services and the importance of MEF LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) work. "One of the elements of MEF that is really is interesting is their concept of LSO. One of the core tenants is helping us expand the value of SDN and NFV not just within one carrier space but across carriers. And the work with Colt is a great example of how we are expanding the value proposition of an SDN network - that SDN core that I talked about earlier -- really across the world. And with this Proof of Concept, we demonstrated that it's possible to have endpoints in the United States and endpoints in the UK all federated with one network connection. And that's very unique. So, we're excited to not just be talking about this stuff. We're actually out there making it happen."

Josh summarized AT&T's journey in 3 phases: (1) rethink how AT&T delivers network services over a rearchitected core network, (2) deliver new agility, flexibility, and control value to customers with Network on Demand, and (3) drive the industry forward by expanding upon these new approaches and principles. "We think there's value not just for us, but for the industry. I think MEF is a conduit. They're a catalyst for that. One of the reasons we're so excited is that we see complete alignment with what we're trying to do and what MEF is trying to do, and we'll work closely together on this." | 7:31 minutes.

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Source: TelecomTV

TelecomTV/MEF16 – Patrick Ostiguy, President & CEO, Accedian – Performance Assurance Is Critical With On-Demand, Virtualized Services

TelecomTV at MEF16 – Patrick Ostiguy, President & CEO, Accedian Networks – Service providers are looking to maintain and improve service performance as a means to differentiate their offerings in an environment characterized by commoditization. Performance assurance becomes even more critical – and more difficult – with the emergence of on-demand and virtualized services powered by LSO, SDN, and NFV. Cloudification also increases the need for performance assurance as more enterprises are putting their eggs into the cloud basket.  “Having a sluggish Internet connection or private line connection is basically a matter of having the whole day off at the office. You might as well go back home, fundamentally. You know it’s not like what it used to be.”

Accedian won the CE 2.0 Technology of the Year Award in the 2016 MEF Excellence Awards program, in part, for the company’s work related to performance assurance.   | 8:01 Minutes

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TelecomTV/MEF16:  Eric Leser, Charter and Chris Cullan, InfoVista Discuss Importance of MEF’s Carrier Ethernet Service Assurance White Papers

TelecomTV at MEF16 – Eric Leser, Principal Engineer, OSS & PM Test Applications, Charter Communications and Chris Cullan, Director of Product Marketing, Business Services Solutions, InfoVista discuss MEF’s recently published set of white papers on Carrier Ethernet Service Assurance.  Eric states, “I think it is absolutely critical now to have that information, more than any other time. It is business critical. We cannot survive without having that information readily available – not only internally, but being able to provide that information back to a customer. Here’s how your service is performing. It’s now just a nice-to-have. It is now something that we’re mandated to provide to a customer.”  | 7:02 Minutes
 
 
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TelecomTV/MEF16: Allan Langfield, Comcast – Journey To Interoperable On-Demand Services Powered By LSO, SDN & NFV

TelecomTV at MEF16 – Andy Mayer (Principal Member of Technical Staff, Domain 2.0, AT&T and editor of the MEF 55 LSO Reference Architecture), Dawn Kaplan (Solutions Architect, CoE OSS Architect, Ericsson; Co-Director, Operations Area, MEF) and Donald Hunter (Principal Engineer in CTO Office, Cisco) provide an overview of the MEF’s 3rd LSO Hackathon and explain the importance of the Hackathon work in accelerating the development of Lifecycle Service Orchestration standards and seeing them delivered in open source projects.  A key goal of the LSO Hackathon is to test out early implementations of developing LSO specifications and to provide feedback to the standardization process about what does and does not work before standards are finalized. This is key part of MEF’s more agile specification development process that has been implemented over the past year.  This MEF16 Hackathon included development activity related to East-West APIs supporting interoperable services between operators. Two specific Hackathon projects included serviceability and ordering.| 16:06 minutes

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TelecomTV/MEF16: Joe Cumello, Ciena – Combining LSO, SDN & NFV To Drive Business Transformation

TelecomTV at MEF – Joe Cumello, VP of Portfolio Marketing, Ciena offers advice for customers on the best way to go about combining LSO, SDN & NFV to drive business transformation. Joe addresses the importance of LSO, the open networking phenomenon being driven by service providers, and the paradigm shift from 100G/200G to 400G optical networking.  Joe highlights that customers are asking not just for greater capacity, greater density, lower power, and lower cost per bit but they are also looking to gather greater intelligence from their optical networks to help them make automation choices.  Capacity + automation and intelligence will be the currency in the network going forward.   | 8:01 Minutes

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TelecomTV/MEF16 – Chris Purdy, CTO, CENX – Assuring Services Across Combined Physical and Virtual Networks As Well As Multiple Providers

TelecomTV at MEF16 – Chris Purdy, CTO, CENX discusses the challenge of assuring services across combined physical and virtual networks within a single provider and assuring services that are orchestrated across multiple providers.  Chris notes that essentially every major service provider is moving in the direction of implementing NFV in their network in order to have virtualized implementations of what traditionally would have been purpose–built hardware.  While a lot of industry attention has focused on creating virtual machines and spinning up virtual network functions (VNFs), up to now not nearly as much energy has gone into assuring virtual network services once they are turned up. Chris notes that MEF’s work promoting development of East-West LSO APIs is critically important for orchestrating and assuring services among service providers on a global scale.  As for CENX itself, the company’s service assurance solution involves taking in real-time data from the network, mapping that against the topology of network domains, and then feeding information back into the orchestration and fulfillment systems to effect network changes within that controlled loop  | 8:37 Minutes

Many more MEF16 videos can be found here.

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TelecomTV/MEF16: Eric Cevis, President, Verizon Partner Solutions – Standards Collaboration Is Key For Industry Progress

TelecomTV at MEF16 – Eric Cevis, President, Verizon Partner Solutions discusses what the industry must do to address customer needs in the era of hyper-connectivity.  Eric emphasizes the importance of collaboration and MEF work on developing standards that support interoperable services that are orchestrated over more automated and interconnected networks. Verizon strongly supports MEF’s Lifecycle Services Orchestration initiative. Verizon is investing in software tools to enable greater self-service capabilities and in the buildout of its fiber network to take the benefits of next-generation solutions to more customers. | 7:15 Minutes

Many more MEF16 videos can be found here.

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Telecom TV/MEF16: Travis Ewert, SVP, Level 3 – Evolving From On-Demand Services To Customer-Defined Networking

TelecomTV at MEF16 - Travis Ewert, Senior VP, Global Network Software Development, Level 3 Communications explains how customer usage of on-demand services has evolved since the company first began offering dynamic capabilities several years ago.  What started as a single pain of glass – or one-stop shop user interface – for the customer has evolved to become more of a customer defined network with the introduction of programmability.  Programmability, for example, allows a customer to schedule service changes or tie changes to analytics. “They can actually pick a segment of their network and say when utilization does this, do this for me.”  These new capabilities have been well-received by customers and changed the dynamic of the customer relationship. The ultimate goal is to provide a feedback loop into SDN, orchestration, and control to “allow the network to make a change on your behalf based on how you define your experience.”  Looking at the industry more broadly, Travis advocates that MEF will need to work not only only on East-West APIs for control of orchestrated services across multiple operators, but also the exchange of data analytics and intelligence over consumable APIs.  | 6:55 Minutes

Many more MEF16 videos can be found here.

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MEF16: Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF – Standardized Open APIs & Other Key Work To Drive Third Network Transformation

MEF16 Keynote – Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF discusses major work to enable Third Network services for the digital economy. This includes (1) development of orchestrated connectivity (wavelengths, CE 2.0, IP) & NFV-based services (security and other), (2) development of the LSO (Lifecycle Services Orchestration) architecture and standardized open APIs, (3) open initiatives with OpenLSO and OpenCS (Open Connectivity Services) reference implementations, and (4) the evolution of certification programs for services, equipment, and professionals. Pascal is leading MEF’s effort to be a more agile development organization that collaborates closely with open source projects and other industry organizations.  He also spearheaded the creation of a new white paper that MEF has co-authored with ON.Lab, ONOS, OPEN-O, OpenDaylight (ODL), the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV), and TM Forum. | 28:01 Minutes

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MEF16 Keynote – Chad Haggerty, Comcast – Network Service Transformation & Digital Customer Expectations

MEF16 Keynote by Chad Haggerty, Senior Director of OSS Systems, Comcast – The digital customer and software-based network technologies require transformative changes to business processes and ecosystems. SDN, NFV, and cloud-based networks enable dynamic, real-time customer-controlled services. Digital customer growth is driving the customer experience deeper into the connected ecosystem. The customer, in effect, is becoming more and more involved in business processes of service providers. Back office systems are being called upon to manage and dynamically control more of the network and to drive more business efficiency and automation in order to handle the scale, increased complexity, and on-demand capabilities. Going forward, back office systems will have more direct customer interactions with a digital economy. A key takeaway quote – “Say goodbye to time” as the expectations of the on-demand customer come into the mix. Providers no longer have the luxury of a long cycle time to update inventories or fix anything that might go wrong. | 16:06 minutes

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MEF16 Keynote – Michael Strople, Chairman, MEF – Industry Change & Evolution Toward Third Network

MEF16 Keynote by Michael Strople, Chairman, MEF; President, Zayo Managed Services & Managing Director, Canada, Zayo discusses how MEF is leading industry efforts to enable agile, assured, and orchestrated Third Network services over more automated networks. The Third Network vision work builds upon the foundation of a $80 billion global market for Carrier Ethernet services and technologies and is enabled by LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), alongside SDN and NFV. | 5:48 minutes

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MEF16 Keynote – Nan Chen, President, MEF - Third Network Vision Progress Report

MEF16 Keynote by Nan Chen, President, MEF; Vice-Chairman, CENX - Two years ago, MEF launched its vision to enable Third Network services optimized for the digital economy and the hyper-connected world. Warmly received by many top service and technology leaders across the globe, the Third Network concept combines the agility and ubiquity of the Internet with the performance and security assurances of CE 2.0. Third Network services provide an on-demand/agile, assured, and orchestrated experience with user-directed control over service capabilities & cloud connectivity. These services are delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN, NFV, and CE 2.0. This keynote will provide a progress report on major initiatives – including collaboration with numerous open source projects and industry standards organizations – that are turning the Third Network vision into reality. | 20:13 minutes

Source: TelecomTV