Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) GEN15 is coming up soon. The conference looks to be bigger and better than ever. Here’s a quick summary of the basics:
- Who: Service Providers, Media Providers, Equipment Vendors and Analyst/Research Firms
- What: Gathering of Worldwide Industry Professionals focused on Metro Ethernet Services
- When: November 16 – 18, 2015
- Where: Dallas, Texas at the Omni Hotel Dallas
- Why: Great opportunities for information gathering, training and peer interaction
Cisco is participating in GEN15 on many fronts. Activities begin with the Cisco Workshop on Monday, November 16th from 1pm to 5pm. This workshop will be packed with new and interesting information from several top speakers. We will cover topics like Virtualization and the impact of Cloud on the Enterprise WAN, Agile Carrier Ethernet, Packet Optical Carrier Ethernet, new services, and new technologies. There are only 70 seats for this workshop, so please contact your Cisco Account Manager for registration.
Throughout the conference Cisco will have booth space and meeting space to foster discussion and interaction. Cisco is taking part in the first ever Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) Hackathon as well as the traditional the Proof of Concept (POC) demos. Cisco’s Chief Architect, Dave Ward, will be delivering a keynote presentation at the show. Cisco Distinguished Engineer Simon Spraggs will be part of a panel discussion of SDN/NFV and speaking at the Cisco Workshop.
I’m a Dallas native, so please allow me give you some tips on things to see and places to eat while you’re at GEN15.
Food within a short cab fare: Read More »
Tags: carrier ethernet, MEF, metro ethernet forum, NFV, SDN
As the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) meets in Hawaii (IETF 91), the unavoidable question for both participants and observers is whether a Standards Development Organization (SDO) like the IETF is relevant in a rapidly expanding environment of Open Source Software (OSS) projects.
For those new to the conversation, the open question is NOT whether SDOs should exist. They are a political reality inexorably tied to trade policies and international relationships. The fundamental reason behind their existence is to avoid a communications Tower of Babel (with the resulting economic consequences) and establish governance over the use of global commercial and information infrastructure (not just acceptable behavior, but the management of resources like addressing as well). Rather, the question is about their role going forward in enabling innovation.
SDOs (like the IETF) have to evolve their processes Read More »
Tags: API, carrier ethernet, ietf, network function virtualization, Open Loop, open source, Open Stack, open standards, OSS, SDN NFV, SDO, service providers, software defined network, yang
Since its founding in 2007, Fibrenoire, based in Montreal, Quebec, has grown from a startup to one of Canada’s largest metro-fiber-to-the-business service providers. As further testament to their success Fibernoire was the first Canadian service provider to earn MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Services certification leveraging Cisco’s Carrier Ethernet Systems.
We recently had an opportunity to interview Jean-François Lévesque, Fibrenoire’s Chief Technology Officer, to hear how the company has stayed on the cutting edge while remaining lean and efficient.
Cisco: What makes you stand out in the service provider business?
One of the things that differentiate us is focus that we specialize exclusively in fiber optic Internet connections and fiber optic private network services for companies. We also offer a consultative engineering approach that accompanies solution engineering, from project delivery to 24/7 technical support and access monitoring from our Network Operations Centre (NOC).
In addition, we are midsized—lean but savvy—so we are essentially in the middle of the market. We contend with both smaller network service providers and Canada’s largest carriers. On one hand, small service providers often win out based on price, while the well-known brands may deliver “vanilla” solutions or put junior staff in charge of projects. On the other hand, we use both technology and know-how to create custom solutions for customers to stay ahead of the competition.
These efforts have paid off. We’ve gone from three to 50 employees in seven years and continue to expand.
Cisco: What services do you provide? Read More »
Tags: canada, carrier ethernet, Cisco, fibrenoire, Service Provider
By Biren Mehta, Senior Marketing Manager, SP Marketing in Routing and Switching, Cisco
Have you ever tried to order a pizza that 20 different people would enjoy? Just imagine getting twenty companies to agree upon a vigorous test plan that included over 600 test cases! (No easy cop-out by just getting plain cheese here…). Big kudos go out to the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) for the launch of the Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) certification program and to the first wave of MEF CE 2.0 certified companies.
The MEF certification of Carrier Ethernet equipment and services is of significant value to network operators. The certification establishes a standard for delivering carrier-grade Ethernet services, speeds deployment of new services, and creates interoperable trust in a multi-vendor multi-operator network environment. MEF CE 2.0 greatly expands Ethernet services and further advances the industry through standardization of interconnectivity. Improvements include extending the Ethernet services reach, multiple classes of services for optimized mobile backhaul delivery, and greater manageability for delivery of differentiated applications over managed networks globally. Read More »
Tags: carrier ethernet, MEF, metro ethernet forum, Service Provider
Part of what makes the network so powerful is its ability to transform economies and enable countries to leverage their unique characteristics, no matter how remote. Recently on SP360, we discussed how Iceland is becoming a leader in green cloud computing because of its low-cost geothermal power and high speed connectivity back to Europe and North America.
Bermuda, another island nation, is also harnessing the power of the network to maintain its leading role in the international insurance, trading, and financial sectors. Earlier this month, Read More »
Tags: ASR9000, Bermuda Telephone Company, BTC, carrier ethernet, Cisco, Cisco Network Academy, IPv6, Service Provider