Management - Mandated to develop Carrier Ethernet operations, administration and maintenance (OA&M) requirements, models and definitions. This area is focused on defining and ensuring that network management is effective and interoperable across Carrier Ethernet platforms. This includes normal network implementations that include multi-vendor solutions and integration into legacy network architectures. Work areas that have progressed substantially include Element Management Systems, Network Management and End-to-End OAM. As Carrier Ethernet price per ports have substantially driven down the Capex cost, the simplified nature of managing Ethernet networks will also drive down Opex cost.
Architecture Mandated to develop an architectural reference model and set of common linguistic tools for the technical teams. This team defines the layered MEN architecture including the multiple base transport layers, the single Ethernet Services layer and the above application layers that ride on top of the Ethernet Services. Each layer has been further decomposed into the Adaptation, Connection and Termination elements. This critical area is completed with the UNI framework and will allow users to seamlessly access the Carrier Ethernet network from the customer premise equipment to the core backbone.
Service Area Mandated to define Carrier Ethernet services models, definitions and service parameters and attributes. The focus here is to define common services terminology along with the associate attributes and parameters to allow vendors, service providers and enterprise customers to speak in a common language for standardized Carrier Ethernet implementations. Ethernet Line and Ethernet LAN are the top level agreed upon service categories with their associate attributes being defined throughout several whitepapers and reference documents.
Test and Measurement – Mandated to define test methodologies and test suites that enable conformance to MEF services as defined in the MEF Specifications. Their intended use is as a basis for the MEF certification Program and for vendors to ensure their products will conform to MEF specifications. They also enable Service Providers to be assured that their services are implemented using conforming products and that the Services themselves conform and interoperate.
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