DALLAS, Nov. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The MEF launched this week's GEN15 global networking event at the Omni Hotel in Dallas, Texas, with the popular Verizon Partner Conference, the MEF Certified Professionals Convention, and other pre-conference activities. Verizon is a Platinum Sponsor for GEN15, which is bringing together communications service, technology, and other industry professionals from nearly 300 organizations around the world to focus on the future of advanced networking solutions that underpin and power the global digital economy.
"The MEF appreciates Verizon's strong support for GEN15 and demonstrated commitment to expanding the availability of high-performance Carrier Ethernet 2.0 services," said Nan Chen, President of the MEF. "We congratulate Verizon on achieving MEF CE 2.0 E-Access services certification, which builds upon the leading role the company is already playing to create a common Ethernet connectivity fabric that is able to transport customers' traffic seamlessly across multiple carrier networks."
The Verizon Partner Conference (VPC). On Monday, 16 Nov., Verizon hosted its interactive Verizon Partner Conference, highlighting the latest developments in Carrier Ethernet technology.
Keynote Speakers. Verizon is providing its vision for the industry during the GEN15 Opening Plenary on the morning of Tuesday, 17 Nov., with keynotes from Eric Cevis, president of Verizon Partner Solutions, and Gagan Puranik, Verizon's director of software- defined network architecture planning.
CE 2.0 E-Access Certification. Verizon recently completed MEF CE 2.0 E-Access certification testing on its flagship Switched Ethernet service and joins a growing number of Tier 1 service providers that have obtained CE 2.0 services certification in order to support industry standards for interconnecting with other operators and delivering high-performance connectivity services. CE 2.0 E-Access specifications make it simpler and faster for service providers to interconnect and meet the growing demand for Ethernet services at locations that are not on a service provider's own network. Such locations are commonly referred to as 'out-of-franchise' or 'off-net' locations.
Ethernet Interconnect Points (EIP) Project. As noted in a recent press release, Verizon is playing an important role in the MEF's EIP project, which is being highlighted in the Wholesale Services Conference Track and in the Services Interconnect Zone at GEN15. The EIP project aims to standardize guidelines for current and future Ethernet operators around the world. Verizon and other leading Ethernet service providers have been involved in Rapid Prototyping at the University of New Hampshire's Interoperability Lab in order to streamline Ethernet interconnections and create a common Ethernet connectivity fabric that is able to transport customer traffic seamlessly across multiple carrier networks.
Register here for GEN15. Attendance is free for qualified service end-user professionals from enterprises, businesses, government, defense, educational, or non-profit organizations.
GEN15 is the must-attend annual networking event for executives and other senior professionals involved in the combined Carrier Ethernet + Third Network services & technology ecosystem. GEN15 is bringing together a global array of 120+ Carrier Ethernet, LSO, SDN, NFV, and Cloud expert speakers from around the world to contribute to the event's program and networking opportunities. Event content and peer-to-peer networking opportunities are designed to appeal to experts from retail, wholesale, and mobile service providers; cloud service providers; mid to large businesses; government & defense organizations; network solutions vendors; the press; analyst firms; investment firms; and others.
GEN15 encompasses industry-leading keynote speakers, educational roundtables, and panels with dedicated tracks for enterprise end-users; retail, wholesale, mobile, and cloud service providers; and others. This year's event includes a special Enterprise Day and a groundbreaking LSO Hackathon. We also are expanding popular elements of last year's program, including the MEF Certified Professionals Convention, Verizon Partner Conference, the Proof of Concept Service & Technology Showcase, Global Media Hub, and MEF Excellence Awards program that recognizes outstanding service, technology, and professional leadership and innovation. See www.gen15.com for details.
For a detailed white paper describing MEF CE 2.0 E-Access services, see http://tinyurl.com/nvbeeqz
About the MEF:
The MEF is the driving force behind the ~$80 billion global market for Carrier Ethernet services and technologies and the defining body for LSO standards that underpin emerging Third Network services with CE 2.0, SDN, and NFV. An industry alliance consisting of nearly 220 member organizations based in 43 countries, the MEF operates through a powerful collaborative framework of service providers, network solutions suppliers, and other stakeholders to achieve CE 2.0 and LSO development and globalization objectives.
MEF's flagship work is CE 2.0, including specifications, operational frameworks, and certification programs for services, equipment, and professionals. Visit www.mef.net for more details on these programs.
Building on fourteen years of success with Carrier Ethernet, the MEF is now focused on development of LSO with APIs to enable paradigm-shifting agile, assured, and orchestrated services over more efficient, automated networks. The MEF's vision for the transformation of network connectivity services and the networks used to deliver them is referred to as the "Third Network," which combines the on-demand agility and ubiquity of the Internet with the performance and security assurances of CE 2.0. For information on the Third Network and LSO download the MEF's Third Network Vision & Strategy White Paper and Third Network Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) Vision White Paper.