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  • 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.
  • Understanding CE 2.0 Service Assurance - Can It Generate Revenue?
    Understanding CE 2.0 Service Assurance - Can It Generate Revenue? Bruno Giguere - MEF, Christopher Cullan - InfoVista, Eric Leser - Spectrum Enterprise Recorded: Jan 18 2017 62 mins
    Service assurance encompasses the procedures used to monitor a network service and maintain a particular service quality. Learn how MEF has tackled this topic to enable Service Providers to deliver high-value Carrier Ethernet (CE) services that are fully assured and can deliver the service quality required in today’s competitive business service and carrier-to-carrier markets. This webinar begins with the key business drivers, CE 2.0's performance attributes and best practices for measuring CE 2.0 service performance. With multiple transport technologies, legacy tools, proprietary instrumentation, interoperability challenges as well as other related service assurance standards, these factors conspire making it difficult to understand and leverage best practices. CE 2.0 product owners, network engineering and OSS engineering will benefit from this webinar by better understanding the potential return on investment to be gained from adopting these best practices. Attendees will also learn how to simplify management, accelerate delivery and turn-up of existing services, and new service launches.
  • Considerations for Deploying Virtual Network Functions and Services
    Considerations for Deploying Virtual Network Functions and Services Bruno Giguere - MEF; Mike Sapien - Ovum, Diego Lopez - ETSI NFV ISG; Ralph Santitoro - Fujitsu Recorded: Jan 12 2017 54 mins
    This webinar discusses considerations for implementing NFV to add new virtual network functions and virtual network services onto foundational Carrier Ethernet (CE) connectivity services. The webinar discusses terminology and use cases for different deployment models for virtual network functions at the customer premises or within the service provider’s data center or central office. The webinar also discusses different business and operational considerations when deploying NFV using Network Interface Devices (NIDs) and vCPE at the customer premises for different network functions and services.
  • LSO Innovations Platform for Rapidly Introducing New Network Functionality
    LSO Innovations Platform for Rapidly Introducing New Network Functionality Daniel Bar-Lev, Dir. of Strategic Programs - MEF; Sarit Target, VP of R&D, SDN, LSO, Apps - ECI Telecom Recorded: Jan 10 2017 36 mins
    MEF's LSO Innovation Platform is a valuable tool for technology providers to develop and test both service orchestration functionality and business applications incrementally. Traditionally, service orchestration and business applications have been the domain of monolithic OSS/BSS systems that precluded the rapid introduction of new functionality. MEF's LSO Innovation Platform upends that approach and enables any best-of-breed analytics, assurance, control, fulfillment, performance, policy, security and usage functionality to be rapidly introduced into service provider environments. This webinar will provide a business-oriented explanation of the LSO Innovation Platform and explain its importance to service providers and technology providers in the telecom and cloud services market
  • Achieving Optimal Performance Through Smart Mobile Backhaul Network Design
    Achieving Optimal Performance Through Smart Mobile Backhaul Network Design Bruno Giguere - MEF; Julius Robson - Small Cell Forum; Glenn Parsons - Ericsson; Rami Yaron - Telco Systems Recorded: Sep 8 2016 61 mins
    To meet the increase in mobile devices and the demand for more bandwidth, as well as high quality of service (QoS) and experience (QoE) for users, operators are deploying new types of infrastructure and technologies, such as Small Cells, carrier-grade Wi-Fi, distributed antenna systems (DAS), and remote radio heads (RHH), among others.

    These new technologies impose different requirements on the backhaul network in order to achieve better user experience. Therefore, operators must have a clear strategy to improve their current mobile backhaul networks. Mobile backhaul network design may determine the capacity and performance of the mobile network.

    This webinar will cover current and future work of MEF with regard to mobile backhaul for LTE/ LTE- Advance Small Cells, including:

    -Optimizing your network for LTE Advance Small Cell backhaul
    -Assessing the impact of Small Cells’ synchronization and coordination on the backhaul
    -Outlining requirements for synchronization and latency, site-to-site communication
    -Best practices in LTE-Advance and Small Cell backhaul transition

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