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Press Release -- September 25th, 2014
Source: Overture Networks

Overture Supports Newly Announced MEF Third Network Vision and Strategy

Company backs ubiquitous Carrier Ethernet delivery and NFV/SDN initiatives to drive dynamic, scalable, and assured services over agile, orchestrated networks

Sep 24, 2014

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Sept. 24, 2014 Overture said it supports today’s announcement by MEF President Nan Chen highlighting the organization’s Third Network vision and strategy to deliver Internet-like agility and ubiquity with the assured performance and security of CE 2.0. Chen explained a key component of The Third Network is the automation of the complete network service lifecycle using open APIs and NFV initiatives through service orchestration. These same principles are the foundation of Overture’s Ensemble Open Service Architecture™ (Ensemble OSA) launched in March 2013.

“The MEF has been instrumental in helping Carrier Ethernet become the predominant business connectivity service, and we have been strong proponents of the MEF’s work to date,” said Mike Aquino, President and CEO, Overture. “Now, we find ourselves very much aligned with the newly announced Third Network strategy, where our Ensemble OSA™ in many ways mirrors the MEF’s vision and allows service providers to more quickly and cost effectively create, activate and assure new revenue-generating services by leveraging NFV and SDN technologies at the metro service edge.”

The MEF’s initiatives to accelerate the adoption of standardized, Carrier Ethernet services has propelled Carrier Ethernet to become the dominant wide area network (WAN) service, supported by over 1000 network operators worldwide. In 2012, the MEF announced Carrier Ethernet 2.0., a second generation of specifications that codified service management (Service OAM) and standardized service classes (CoS) for delivery of all MEF services across multi-operator networks. With networks increasingly challenged by the transformation to an on-demand, cloud-centric world, MEF has created the Third Network strategy to help ensure network connectivity services can evolve to provide:

  • On-demand, self-service, and automated connectivity between both physical and virtual endpoints
  • Assured performance and security, backed by an SLA
  • Service orchestration across multiple operator network domains

“The Third Network, like Carrier Ethernet 2.0, will provide connectivity that guarantees service quality, reliability and security,” said Nan Chen, President, MEF. “However, the Third Network adds the agility and dynamic characteristics of today’s Internet, allowing end users to establish assured service connections on the fly – even if traffic needs to span multiple operator networks. I am pleased that Overture has clearly embraced this notion.”

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