New Priorities and New Leadership
I recently participated in thein Philadelphia. 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, , 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 theand 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 theas 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 comprehensiveprogram to replicate the success of the multibillion-dollar market. Certification is one of four pillars comprising the , 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, , and more recently .
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.