The CloudEthernet Forum (CEF) and MEF have announced the creation of the CEF 'Open Cloud Project' in the USA.
MetroEthernet Forum (MEF) is a communications industry alliance consisting of more than 220 member organizations. The CloudEthernet Forum (CEF) is an industry organization of market-leading cloud service providers, network service providers, equipment manufacturers, system integrators and software developers.
The Open Cloud Project will focus on creating an open test and iterative standards development programme for service providers, industry vendors and over-the-top (OTT) cloud service providers, according to a statement by CEF.
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.
"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. "Unless we can define industry best practices and global standards to establish an open cloud environment, cloud services run the risk of becoming more and more fragmented and difficult to integrate."
"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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