CenturyLink, RAD, Ciena Collaborate on Multi-Vendor Service Orchestration PoC at MEF 16

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CenturyLink, RAD, Ciena, and Ciena’s Blue Planet division will jointly demonstrate an innovative proof-of-concept (PoC) titled, “Multi-Vendor Service Orchestration Using Open APIs for Service Activation, Performance Monitoring, and NFV” during the MEF16 Global Networking Event taking place November 7-10 in Baltimore.

The PoC will demonstrate the on-demand orchestration of end-to-end Carrier Ethernet and NFV-based services with multiple vendor vCPE devices including RAD’s ETX-2i NFV-enabled NID, Ciena’s 3906mvi NFV-enabled NID, RADview domain management, and Ciena’s domain controller, all automated by Ciena’s Blue Planet Orchestrator using open APIs.

A key component of this multi-vendor PoC is the CenturyLink-led open source initiative to develop APIs and resource adapters within the MEF LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) framework for automated service provisioning and end-to-end delivery of agile, assured, and orchestrated Carrier Ethernet and NFV-based services in a multi-vendor environment.

“This showcase aligns perfectly with the MEF focus on enabling dynamic “Third Network” services,” said Jack Pugaczewski, CenturyLink Distinguished Architect. “It shows how the use of open APIs simplifies delivery of on-demand, orchestrated, and assured services. The ultimate objectives are to maximize the end-user’s control of their network resources and cloud connectivity based on their specific needs, while standardizing management interfaces so we, as the service provider, can build best-of-breed networks without the huge IT overhead of yesteryear’s proprietary networks.”