Analyst data forecasts the market for Carrier Ethernet services will top $50 billion in 2015, and cloud services are expected to reach $200 billion by 2018. Coupled with the continued steady growth of smartphones and an anticipated 75 billion Internet-connected devices by 2020, wide area network (WAN) infrastructure will be strained beyond its limits, compelling the industry to develop new ways to manage communications and data. Commenting on opening day of MEF GEN14, Vitesse Semiconductor CTO Dr. Martin Nuss said that software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) will be crucial to ICT networks over the long-term, due to SDN/NFV's combined potential for automating both network infrastructure and connectivity services. With over 20 years of technical and management experience, Dr. Nuss is a recognized industry expert in Ethernet technology. He serves on the board of directors for the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry (ATIS) and is a fellow of the Optical Society of America. Dr. Nuss observed that one of the biggest opportunities lies in service orchestration - automating creation, delivery and maintenance of Ethernet connections and services - to the Cloud and between Clouds. While MEF CE 2.0 service specifications have become industry standards by which Ethernet services are defined and delivered, MEF's Third Network initiative will drive the industry towards a vastly simplified model enabling end-to-end service and connectivity automation. Service models and machine-programmable APIs mapping directly to MEF CE 2.0 services are the logical next step, enabling SDN control of MEF services. Ethernet connectivity from customers and devices to Cloud services can also easily be generalized to the NFV model, where network function infrastructure distributed throughout the network is interconnected to other elements and the customer using MEF service concepts. "Because compute resources and virtual machines generally need to connect at Layer 2, or the Ethernet layer, using MEF connection concepts to connect customers and devices to the Cloud to create revenue-generating services makes complete sense," added Martin Nuss, CTO at Vitesse. "Automation of both network infrastructure and connectivity will be essential, as the number of connected endpoints proliferates well beyond what any human could handle. At Vitesse, our tightly integrated turnkey silicon-plus-software solution already enables this vision, supporting SDN-programmable APIs into MEF CE 2.0 service orchestration, and we are excited to help drive standardization as part of the MEF Third Network initiative."
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