MEF 3.0 certification enables communication service and technology providers to validate that their solutions comply with the highest industry standards for performance, assurance, and agility.
MEF 3.0 Certification Validates Performance Excellence
MEF's service and technology certification programs are designed to accelerate availability and adoption of MEF 3.0 solutions that address the most demanding networking needs of the digital economy. Customers who purchase MEF 3.0 certified solutions have the comfort of knowing that they have met the highest levels of performance established by MEF - the world's defining authority for standardized network services.
MEF 3.0 certification currently is available for the full suite of orchestration-ready MEF 3.0 CE services and the technologies used to support them.
MEF is on track to release new pilot MEF 3.0 SD-WAN service and LSO Sonata orchestrated service certification programs in 2019.
MEF 3.0 certification also will be extended in the future to include Optical Transport, IP, and Security services, along with additional LSO APIs used for inter-provider and intra-provider service orchestration.
MEF 3.0 CE Certification
MEF 3.0 CE certification is the third generation of MEF's globally recognized certification program for Carrier Ethernet services and technologies, superseding the popular CE 2.0 and CE 1.0 programs which have been phased out.
MEF 3.0 CE certification is available across the complete MEF 3.0 CE service portfolio that includes subscriber services (E-Line, E-LAN, E-Tree) and operator services (Access E-Line, Access E-LAN, Transit E-Line, and Transit E-LAN).
The MEF 3.0 CE Certification Blueprint specifies the service attributes and parameters to be verified during MEF 3.0 CE certification testing.
MEF 3.0 CE certification is delivered through MEF’s testing partner, Iometrix, on an on-demand cloud-based virtual test platform that empowers companies to certify that their solutions comply with the latest releases of MEF 3.0 CE standards.
Key steps in the MEF 3.0 CE certification process include:
2. Test - Access the portal, enter service parameters, and launch tests.
3. Validate - Submit test results for validation and receive certification and a related report.
MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Certification - Pilot Program (Now Open to Applicants)
MEF is on track to officially release its groundbreaking SD-WAN Attributes and Service Definition standard (MEF 70) in Q2 2019. Currently available in draft form, this new SD-WAN standard will enable ecosystem stakeholders to use the same terminology when buying, selling, assessing, deploying, and delivering SD-WAN services.
In mid-2019, MEF plans to launch a pilot MEF 3.0 SD-WAN certification program that will enable both service and technology suppliers to validate that their solutions comply with MEF 70 - the industry's first and only global standard for SD-WAN services.
MEF 3.0 LSO Sonata Certification - Pilot Program (Now Open to Applicants)
MEF is on track to officially publish inter-provider LSO Sonata API standards for serviceability, product inventory, quoting, and ordering in Q2 2019. Currently available in a Developer Release, the LSO Sonata APIs are a critical step on the journey to dynamic services orchestrated across a global federation of automated networks. The full suite of planned LSO Sonata APIs will automate business-to-business interactions that encompass serviceability, product inventory, quoting, ordering, trouble ticketing, contracts, and billing.
In mid-2019, MEF plans to launch a pilot MEF 3.0 LSO Sonata certification program beginning with the LSO Sonata APIs for serviceability, product inventory, quoting, and ordering. For the first time, service providers will be able to test both the wholesale service (e.g., Access E-Line) that is being ordered along with the controlling LSO Sonata APIs, offering what MEF refers to as a certified "MEF 3.0 LSO Sonata orchestrated service." Technology providers, such as BSS companies, can opt to test and certify LSO Sonata APIs only.
Benefits of MEF 3.0 Certification
MEF 3.0 certification benefits include:
- MEF’s certification brand and logo prove quality and value to customers.
- Presence on MEF's Certification Registry provides global visibility for certified services and products.
- On-demand testing supports agile DevOps for MEF 3.0 service and LSO API development.
- Testing can be used to harden the services and products during the development phase.
- Faster pre-production testing helps accelerate service and product time-to-market.
- Certification reduces testing requirements and associated costs when connecting with each Tier 1 service providers for wholesale transactions.
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