The CEF is already bringing service providers and network equipment manufacturers together to shape cloud computing and plan cloud service futures built around open technology standards, interoperability and deployment agreements. In a recent announcement five priority 'fundamentals' were identified under the acronym VASPA, namely: Virtualisation, Automation, Security, Programmability, and Analytics. Working groups are already being established under those five areas.
As a consortium, the CEF has the potential to become one of the biggest players in the development of cloud services, as a standardised model is the only way to prevent market fragmentation, to grow the market and create new innovation opportunities for everyone.
But if the giant datacentre operators and OTT service providers also join the project, things will really take off. The most secure cloud delivery platform is still in service providers' hands so, as part of the CEF, even today's mega cloud providers will be better off, and everyone will then be creating and shaping the cloud future.
Just as the MEF, by bringing together vendors and providers, became the model for a $50 billion Carrier Ethernet services market, so must an all-inclusive CEF become the model for a $200 billion (and growing) cloud services market.
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