MEF releases SD-WAN standard

  • Standards drive the technology market forward by providing interoperability and awareness. To this end, the MEF, an industry group that supports the community of service provider standards, released a broad set of software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) specifications at its annual MEF18 meeting on Tuesday.

    SD-WAN is an important emerging online marketplace that enables enterprise network services to be virtualized and delivered on industry standard hardware (also known as commercial off-the-shelf hardware) and configured and delivered from the cloud. This speeds up the way businesses consume and enable network connections.

    As the SD-WAN market continues to evolve, these standards will help provide a standardized blueprint for comparing the feature set and interoperability of SD-WAN services and technologies. The market is just beginning to reach a high growth curve. Futurimom expects that the market for SD-WAN tools and network-as-a-service (NaaS) revenue (non-traditional service providers) will reach $1.5 billion by 2019, and will reach $2.5 billion by 2021.

    Once the technology market becomes hot, everyone will flood in. And some companies define technology in different ways to create chaos. The goal of the MEF is to prevent this confusion by defining markets and standards. MEF also released the SD-WAN terminology guide for real geeks who need to delve into terminology.


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