SD-WANs and MEF Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO)



While the industry has recently embraced SD-WANs, there are many definitions and scenarios of SD-WANs that have yet to be played out. Today, SD-WANs come in all types and flavors in which enterprises worldwide can reduce their cost of WAN networks while having similar business grade ubiquitous WAN performance guarantees. However one thing is for sure, SD-WANs must be operated by either the enterprise themselves or by a service provider.

In this session MEF will discuss how SD-WANs will be offered as a managed service by Communication Service Providers (CSP) worldwide in which Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) will play a critical role. As most CSP are amidst of modernizing their operations and billing systems (OSS and BSS) into cloud native platforms, LSO will play a critical role in providing the coordination and automation of a requested customer service to the rich set of technology domains that the service might traverse. This includes ensuring continuity and consistency of policies and security in the SD-WAN overlay through LSO orchestration of the various underlay network segments. This session will cover how LSO will define and orchestrate SD-WANs via a rich set of APIs using the MEF defined LSO framework in which machine-to-machine APIs will communicate and orchestrate the various operational workflow processes to provision and assure a SD-WAN quality of the service for a given set of enterprise requirements. Learn how the MEF is defining a rich set of open and standardized LSO automated APIs thereby allowing customers to express their service requirements by a set of high level business policies and application assurance. The MEF LSO APIs will also allow CSPs to additionally offer new virtualized overlay services such as Security-as-a-Service, L4-L7 point services and advanced application analytics thereby ensuring a high quality of application experience from the end-user device to the cloud.

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