MEF and ONUG Collaborate to Advance SD-WAN Managed Services

MEF and ONUG are collaborating to ensure that enterprises are provided with communications services optimized for digital transformation in the multi-cloud era.

MEF will leverage ONUG’s hybrid multi-cloud enterprise end user requirements to accelerate development of MEF 3.0 SD-WAN managed services standards and related certification programs for services, technologies, and professionals. Technology vendors and service providers that are MEF members and interested in helping shape what SD-WAN services will be offered to enterprises can participate and gain complete visibility into the development of SD-WAN requirements and standards.

MEF recently published the industry’s first global SD-WAN managed services standard to SD-WAN adoption and improve the overall customer experience with hybrid networking solutions. MEF’s SD-WAN Service Attributes and Services (MEF 70) standard describes requirements for an application-aware, over-the-top WAN connectivity service that uses policies to determine how application flows are directed over multiple underlay networks irrespective of the underlay technologies or service providers who deliver them.

ONUG’s SD-WAN 2.0 Working Group is focused on addressing specific challenges in integrating SD-WAN connectivity into enterprise hybrid multi-cloud environments. The working group developed an impressive reference architecture to define use case requirements for typical deployment scenarios, including multiple cloud provider connections, application performance assurance, scaling, security policy enforcement, hybrid environment security integration, and multi-domain connectivity orchestration.

As part of this collaboration, ONUG’s enterprise use case requirements will directly influence MEF’s ongoing SD-WAN projects so that the appropriate service specifications and certifications can be further matured. ONUG and MEF will collaborate on the joint definition of common service models and APIs for automating SD-WAN services, with initial areas of focus including ONUG SD-WAN 1.0 service models and API specifications; ONUG SD-WAN 2.0 multi-cloud integration use cases; and application security for SD-WANs.