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CEF, MEF create the ‘Open Cloud Project’


April 4, 2014  


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 The CloudEthernet Forum (CEF) and Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) this week announced the creation of the CEF ‘Open Cloud Project’ at Interop Las Vegas. The two said the initiative will focus on creating an open test and iterative standards development program for service providers, industry vendors and over-the-top (OTT) cloud service providers. 

The Open Cloud Project includes a dedicated proof of concept test laboratory based in Silicon Valley, to provide ongoing testing and support for the iterative development of the CEF’s CloudE 1.0 open cloud environment. It will also provide the basis of future compliance and benchmark testing.

Initial work will be focused on three areas: application performance management, cloud security and traffic load balancing. The project’s open test program will lay the groundwork for a fully inter-working cloud environment, and the advancement of best practices to manage OTT and cloud services, according to a release.

“This is vitally important work if we are to avoid fragmentation of the cloud,” said James Walker, CEF president and vice president of managed network services at Tata Communications.

“Cloud services rely on the end to end interoperability of so many players – enterprises, network and datacenter equipment vendors, datacenter operators, orchestration layers, management and reporting platforms, security devices, network service providers – the list goes on.” 

“Network security and application performance management are two critical areas for future work,” said Nan Chen, president of the MEF.  “The Open Project is intended to create an open test process for NFV, SDN and Carrier Ethernet applications.  We also plan to work in conjunction with other relevant influential industry forums to maximize efficiencies and avoid any duplication of work.”


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