MEF's Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) vision was introduced in early 2015 with the promise to accelerate the implementation of agile and assured connectivity services and dramatically improve operational efficiency of the world's most popular business services - Carrier Ethernet. LSO benefits service providers by enabling the rapid deployment of new services at significant cost savings, particularly across multiple-operator networks. Also, LSO enables faster time to revenue for service providers with new service roll-outs that take minutes rather than months. LSO supports traditional WAN technologies working in conjunction with Software-defined networks and virtualized functions.
Service providers are moving to an on-demand, cloud-centric model for delivering enterprise connectivity services while leveraging a virtualized infrastructure and LSO promised to be a key enabler of this goal. Twelve months after the LSO concept introduction, this keynote provides a progress report on the numerous industry developments, involving many SDOs, fora and Open Source projects, under the leadership of MEF, to make the LSO vision a reality.