MEF Gets Partner for SD-WAN Service Standards Effort

Virtualizationreview | October 08, 2019

Industry association MEF is partnering with ONUG (formerly Open Networking User Group) to further its efforts to develop requirements and standards in the software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) space. As we reported in August, MEF finalized a global SD-WAN standard, what it called SD-WAN Service Attributes and Services (MEF 70), which "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.

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It’s going to be my first VMware event with Morpheus after having spent many a VMworld attached to the storage industry. My own journey from storage specialist to the world of multi-cloud and DevOps isn’t that far removed from changes in the event itself. For many years, the platinum sponsor pedestal was dominated by EMC, NetApp, and other storage stalwarts. However, as traditional architectures have made way for hyper-converged and integrated systems so has the tone and tenor of the event changed with the times. Recently it evolved again, moving beyond the integrated systems hype to increasing focus on cloud, containerization, and automation.

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It’s going to be my first VMware event with Morpheus after having spent many a VMworld attached to the storage industry. My own journey from storage specialist to the world of multi-cloud and DevOps isn’t that far removed from changes in the event itself. For many years, the platinum sponsor pedestal was dominated by EMC, NetApp, and other storage stalwarts. However, as traditional architectures have made way for hyper-converged and integrated systems so has the tone and tenor of the event changed with the times. Recently it evolved again, moving beyond the integrated systems hype to increasing focus on cloud, containerization, and automation.

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