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  • Addressing the SDN/NFV Skills Gap for Network & Service Transformation
    Addressing the SDN/NFV Skills Gap for Network & Service Transformation
    Stan Hubbard, MEF; Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF; Craig Easley, President, CEA; Sam Hurrell, CEO, Perpetual Solutions Recorded: Feb 6 2019 40 mins
    SDN and NFV technologies are critical to the success of network and service transformation for communications service providers and enterprises. But the skills necessary to achieve transformation results are scarce. A recent MEF and Vertical Systems Group survey ranked engineering expertise and technical resources as the No. 1 business challenge for migrating to cloud-centric, dynamic network services. Research by SDxCentral, Cartesian, and others have identified SDN and NFV skills shortages as the major barriers to success. MEF's vendor-neutral SDN/NFV professional certification is the only industry accreditation recognizing the technical depth that is required in these technologies to address organizational skills gaps, accelerate transformation initiatives, and ensure competitiveness now and in the future.

    Attend this webinar to learn about:

    * Transformation: The importance of SDN and NFV to network transformation strategies
    * MEF 3.0: The need for SDN and NFV expertise for those companies planning and implementing the MEF 3.0 global services framework
    * SDN Federation: Why MEF SDN/NFV certified professionals will play an instrumental role in enabling successful inter-carrier SDN federation
    * The MEF-SDN/NFV Exam: The target audience, what we cover, and how we compare against other industry certifications
    * MEF-SDN/NFV and MEF-CECP: Why existing MEF-CECPs should consider MEF-SDN/NFV
  • SDN & NFV: Organizational Readiness & Professional Certification
    SDN & NFV: Organizational Readiness & Professional Certification
    Rick Bauer - Director of Certification, MEF Recorded: Jul 10 2018 70 mins
    Is today’s workforce up to the challenge of SDN and NFV? Do you have the skills necessary to plan, deploy and manage virtualized networks? Industry predictions say both SDN and NFV technology adoption is continuing to grow. Not only do revenue-generating services rely on the maturity of SDN / NFV but also the skilled engineers, developers and operators behind the technology. Join in and understand how to “up-skill” your workforce to take full advantage of the SDN and NFV opportunity for agile services growth.

    Who Should Attend?

    • SDN & NFV engineers, developers, operators, and network administrators
    • Training and Knowledge Management Leadership
    • Hiring Managers/HR & Technology Hiring Professionals
    • Analysts, those covering SDN & NFV market developments

    Join us for the unveiling of MEF’s higher-level training strategies behind the new MEF-SDN/NFV skills certification. Understand the future of SDN & NFV from luminaries Dan Pitt (VP, MEF), and Vishal Sharma, Principal at Metanoia, Inc., with insight, information, and expert perspectives.

    For more information, please contact certification@mef.net
  • An Introduction to MEF's SDN/NFV Professional Certification
    An Introduction to MEF's SDN/NFV Professional Certification
    Rick Bauer - Director of Certification, MEF Recorded: May 10 2018 72 mins
    In April 2018, MEF introduced its new MEF SDN/NFV professional certification. MEF-SDN/NFV is the first ISO-standard certification exam that validates professionals’ knowledge, skills, and abilities in the domains of software defined networking and network functions virtualization. This vendor-neutral certification empowers individuals with the know-how to plan, build, and operate complex SDN and NFV solutions.

    The webinar will cover:
    -Benefits of developing SDN/NFV networking skills
    -Industry involvement in developing the SDN/NFV certification curriculum
    -How this certification fits into MEF’s Professional Certification Framework and how to achieve the MEF Network Expert certification
    -Review of the current SDN/NFV blueprint
    -How to register for the certification beta exam
    -Options for preparing for the exam

    This webinar is ideally suited for:
    -IT professionals
    -Telecom and Network Operators
    -System Administrators
    -Technical Support Professionals
    -Technical Marketing and Technical Sales Professionals
    -IT pros who need vendor-neutral, technology expensive skills to complement their vendor-specific network certifications
  • MEF 3.0 - Lo Que Necesitas Saber
    MEF 3.0 - Lo Que Necesitas Saber
    Andres Madero-Dir. de Arquitectura, Infinera; Thomas Mandeville-Dir. de Operaciones, Iometrix;Rick Bauer-Director de Cert. Recorded: Apr 12 2018 53 mins
    En noviembre de 2017, MEF lanzó su nuevo framework MEF 3.0 para definir, entregar y certificar servicios ágiles, asegurados y orquestados en un ecosistema global de redes automatizadas. Decenas de empresas de servicios y tecnología han aceptado el MEF 3.0 y actualmente están involucradas en el trabajo de desarrollo de MEF 3.0.

    Los servicios de MEF 3.0 buscan proporcionar una experiencia de servicios bajo demanda, centralizados en la nube y que pueden ser controlados por los propios usuarios.

    El framework de servicios globales del MEF 3.0 está compuesto por estos pilares clave:

    • Servicios estandarizados y orquestados
    • APIs LSO abiertas
    • Certificaciones
    • Colaboración de la comunidade

    Este webinar ofrecerá una introducción al MEF 3.0 que incluye:

    • Explicación del framework MEF 3.0
    • Comparando MEF 3.0 con Carrier Ethernet 2.0
    • Últimos desarrollos en APIs LSO abiertas
    • Un nuevo enfoque para certificaciones MEF
    • Planes para la colaboración ampliada de la comunidad
  • MEF Network Foundations – Advancing Professional Skills for Today’s Evolving Net
    MEF Network Foundations – Advancing Professional Skills for Today’s Evolving Net
    Rick Bauer - Dir. of Certification, MEF; Kevin Marz - Dir., Tech 2000; Eric Timm - Tech. Mktg & Net. Consultant, TDS Telecom Recorded: Feb 28 2018 69 mins
    Building on the success of its MEF-Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP) program, MEF introduced its MEF Network Foundations (MEF-NF) certification in December 2017. MEF-NF helps individuals pursue advance skills to keep pace with rapidly evolving network environments. This new certification validates individuals’ concept-level understanding of key modern networking terms, processes, and elements covering knowledge and practice domains of SDN, NFV, Connectivity Services/Carrier Ethernet, and Lifecycle Service Orchestration.

    MEF-NF certification is ideally suited for:

    • Telecom and Network Operators
    • System Administrators
    • Technical Support Professionals
    • Technical Marketing and Sales Professionals
    • IT Pros who need a vendor-neutral certification to complement their vendor-specific network certifications

    This webinar will cover:

    • The value of both vendor-neutral and vendor-specific training/certification in building careers in networking
    • MEF-NF certification benefits to corporations and individuals
    • How MEF-NF fits in MEF’s Professional Certification Framework
    • Expanded options to prepare for the certification exam

    A leading service provider will provide a testimonial on the value of MEF-TN certification and share the business benefits that can be reaped by having a highly skilled workforce.
  • MEF 3.0 - What You Need to Know
    MEF 3.0 - What You Need to Know
    Stan Hubbard - Dir. Communications & Research, MEF; Dan Pitt - SVP, MEF; Bob Mandeville - President, Iometrix Recorded: Jan 24 2018 62 mins
    In Nov. 2017, MEF released our MEF 3.0 transformational global services framework for defining, delivering, and certifying agile, assured, and orchestrated services across a global ecosystem of automated networks. Dozens of service and technology firms have publicly embraced MEF 3.0 and currently are involved in MEF 3.0 development work.

    MEF 3.0 services provide an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with unprecedented user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities.

    Over the next several months, MEF will host a series of webinars covering the key pillars of MEF 3.0:

    • Standardized, Orchestrated Services
    • Open LSO APIs
    • Agile Service & Technology Certification
    • Community Collaboration

    Our first webinar will provide an overview of MEF 3.0, including:

    • Explanation of the MEF 3.0 framework
    • Comparing MEF 3.0 to CE 2.0
    • Latest developments on inter-provider and intra-provider LSO APIs
    • An exciting new approach to MEF certifications
    • Expanded community collaboration
  • SD-WAN Managed Services: Terminology, Use Cases, Challenges and MEF Work
    SD-WAN Managed Services: Terminology, Use Cases, Challenges and MEF Work
    Stan Hubbard - MEF; Peter Agnew - Colt; Ralph Santitoro - Fujitsu Network Communications Recorded: Aug 9 2017 65 mins
    SD-WANs have become very popular because they solve current business challenges while leveraging new SDN, NFV, orchestration and cloud technologies. Enterprises have been building SD-WANs for several years but prefer to have a service provider manage the service for them rather than build and operate it themselves. Service providers are challenged to quickly introduce new SD-WAN managed services due to the lack of standardization of service definitions and architectures. Today, SD-WANs come in all types and flavors. In this webinar, you will learn about the MEF's SD-WAN standardization work and different use cases from the perspective of two SD-WAN managed service providers (MSPs) with different delivery models. The webinar will discuss the market drivers and business benefits for SD-WAN managed services and how MEF standardization of SD-WAN services using the LSO reference architecture could address current operational challenges to accelerate service delivery.
  • EIP: Construyendo el Camino a los Servicios de la Tercera Red
    EIP: Construyendo el Camino a los Servicios de la Tercera Red
    Emerson Moura - Distinguished Systems Engineer, Cisco & MEF CALA Marketing Co-chair Recorded: Jun 29 2017 54 mins
    Carrier Ethernet es el combustible para la economía digital global y la base sobre la cual se construye nuevos servicios dinámicos, seguros y orquestados para el mundo hiper_conectado. Pero la falta de estandarización para interconectar proveedores y operadores de servicios Ethernet es un obstáculo para el crecimiento y la eficiencia del mercado. Actualmente, la mayoría de las interconexiones Ethernet son interconexiones de red a red (NNI) no estándar y personalizadas, lo que impide escalar el mercado. Más de una docena de proveedores de servicios y proveedores de tecnología miembros del MEF han participado en el proyecto MEF para crear Puntos de Interconexión Ethernet (Ethernet Interconnect Points o EIP) aprovechando los estándares existentes para interconexión CE. La primera fase del proyecto EIP involucró la creación de una Directriz de Implementación de Punto de Interconexión Ethernet que recomienda cómo usar las Interfaces Estándar de Red a Red (ENNIs) de forma eficaz. Esta guía inicial se enfoca en la configuración de servicios de acceso Ethernet (E-Access) de una manera simple, y las nuevas directrices avanzarán en complejidad con en el tiempo. Las directrices ayudarán a la industria a escalar rápidamente y reducir complejidad.

    Este webinar explorará dónde se dirige el mercado, las expectativas técnicas, los obstáculos operacionales que pueden surgir y la necesidad de que los operadores gestionen eficazmente la transición a medida que el mercado avanza hacia la estandarización. Este seminario apunta a aquellos proveedores de servicios que compran servicios de Ethernet mayoristas de operadorese interconectan sus redes para crear servicios CE minoristas de extremo a extremo pasando por múltiples redes. También se compartirá informaciones que pueden ser importantes para la toma de decisiones mientras desarrolla su estrategia de cómo sacar total provecho de interconexiones Ethernet estandarizadas.
  • Winning Strategies for Preparing MEF 2017 Award Submissions
    Winning Strategies for Preparing MEF 2017 Award Submissions
    Stan Hubbard, MEF17 Program Director, and Rosemary Cochran, Principal & Co-founder, Vertical Systems Group Recorded: Jun 27 2017 28 mins
    MEF's prestigious annual Awards Program, now in its 12th year, is the world's largest, longest-running awards program. It focuses on leadership in emerging Third Network services powered by LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), NFV, SDN, and CE 2.0 networking technologies. The MEF 2017 Awards program recognizes service, application, technology, and professional excellence in the vibrant global Third Network community committed to delivering innovative solutions that are optimized for the digital economy and the hyper-connected world. The most advanced services typically provide an on-demand experience with user-directed control over service capabilities and are delivered over more automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks.

    This webinar that will help you identify the award categories in which your company excels. Attend and learn how to prepare an excellent award submission. We will cover:
    -MEF award categories and important dates
    -How to use the award submissions portal
    -Tips for writing concise, compelling submissions

    The deadline for submissions is September 13, 2017. Awards finalists will be announced on October 17, 2017.

    This is an excellent opportunity to have all of your questions answered and will help you to get one step closer to being an award winner.
  • Adopting MEF’s SAT Power Play for Improved Testing Efficiency
    Adopting MEF’s SAT Power Play for Improved Testing Efficiency
    Bruno Giguere - MEF; Eric Leser - Spectrum Enterprise; Mike Bencheck - Siama Systems Recorded: Mar 29 2017 50 mins
    Service Activation Testing (SAT) plays an important role in MEF’s Third Network vision of delivering agile, assured, and orchestrated connectivity services. MEF 48 (SAT), MEF 46 (Latching Loopback) and MEF 49 (SAT Control Protocol and PDU Formats) specifications make up a framework for standardized testing and troubleshooting of Carrier Ethernet-based services for service providers. Collectively these specifications are known as the MEF SAT Power Play. These specifications can be used all together or individually to comprehensively test Carrier Ethernet-based services. The webinar will discuss the important relationship between MEF’s SAT specifications and the work of other standards developing organizations (SDOs), such as IETF RFC 2544 and ITU-T Y.1564. Discover the many benefits of MEF’s SAT Power Play including improved testing efficiency for retail and wholesale Ethernet service deployments, boosting customer satisfaction by reducing the number of faulty turn ups, and accelerating the interconnection process between peer operators.

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