This year, the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Much has changed since the organization was formed in 2001 to promote the interoperability and deployment of Carrier Ethernet. Back then, Ethernet was viewed as simply another networking protocol. Today, Ethernet is ubiquitous, and the MEF has played a key role in accelerating the adoption of the technology and carrier-class Ethernet services worldwide.
I am in India, where the MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum) is hosting two seminars on Carrier Ethernet services. One was held two days ago in Mumbai and the other is taking place today in Bangalore. What’s refreshing about these seminars is that they are centered on real case studies of enterprise pain points and how they’ve been solved. Real-life cases are being presented on everything from medical scan files sent across the globe for physicians’ evaluation, to retail fashion chain inventory communications, to international law firm data sharing and storage. The presentations are then followed by panel discussions and Q&A from the attendees.