Looking to accelerate adoption, sales and certification of SD-WANs, industry organization MEF today made the final draft standard of SD-WAN service and attributes publicly available.
Lack of a standard definition hampered adoption and was a "major business challenge," according to the most recent Vertical Systems Group study conducted for MEF, Rosemary Cochran, VSG principal analyst and co-founder, said in a statement.
"MEF is tackling this key issue with the first SD-WAN Service Standard resource that defines the common terminology and framework needed by service providers and technology suppliers working to expand the SD-WAN market," Cochran added.
Releasing common terminology allows all participants in a conversation about SD-WAN to speak the same language and know what everyone is discussing, Pascal Menezes, MEF CTO, said in a release. MEF is moving the draft SD-WAN Service Attributes and Services standard (MEF 70) into the final phase of membership and board approval, following earlier and extensive feedback from service provider and vendor members.
"We will officially publish MEF's SD-WAN service standard by mid-July 2019, but we are making the final draft publicly available now because" broad industry alignment on common terminology will be healthy for market growth," Menezes said.
Demand is growing already, with 66% of companies surveyed expecting to deploy SD-WANs by year-end 2020, according to IHS Markit research. Companies that deploy SD-WAN use over 50% more bandwidth than those without this networking solution, the researcher found. And their bandwidth needs continue to grow at twice the rate of organizations relying on traditional WANs, IHS Markit found.
What's in a name?
According to MEF, the SD-WAN service definition standard (PDF) addresses an organization's needs for an "application-aware, over-the-top WAN connectivity service that uses policies to determine how application flows are directed over multiple underlay networks irrespective of the underlay technologies or service providers who deliver them."
The work in progress offers definitions and descriptions of SD-WAN service components; SD-WAN service functionality from the subscriber's viewpoint; service attributes for SD-WAN virtual connection (SWVC), SWVC endpoint and SD-WAN UNI; policies, the criteria that compose them and required behavior of policy-criteria base-sets; application flows; SD-WAN UNI; and details about subscriber connections to the SD-WAN service.
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