Course Overview

MEF-NF is a three-day course will provide you with an overview of MEF’s Software-Driven Network Vision and the important technologies that contribute towards this vision. It also assists in preparing for the MEF Network Foundations Professional Certification Exam (MEF-NF) that validates concept-level understanding of key Network terms, processes, and elements.

A transformation in data communications networks accelerates network operators’ abilities to deliver self-service, on-demand services over interconnected, multi-operator networks. The MEF’s Software-Driven Network Vision embodies this transformation by combining the on-demand agility and ubiquity of the Internet with the performance and security assurances of Carrier Ethernet Services.

Based on Network as a Service (NaaS) principles, the goal is to enable agile networks that deliver assured connectivity services orchestrated across network domains between physical or virtual service endpoints.

CLASS INFORMATION
Price: 
$2,395
Duration: 
3 days
Certification: 
MEF-NF
Exam: 
This course includes one exam voucher for the MEF Network Foundations Professional Certification Exam.
  • After completing MEF-NF, you will be able to:

    • Define and explain the characteristics and key benefits of an SDN solution
    • Compare the different characteristics of an SDN solution to those of its network predecessor
    • Understand how the various SDN technologies relate to each other and the major challenges presented by the move to an SDN networks
    • Define and explain the characteristics and key benefits of an NFV solution
    • Compare the different characteristics of an NFV solution to those of its network predecessor
    • Understand how the various NFV technologies relate to each other and the major challenges presented by the move to an NFV networks
    • Define and explain the key characteristics and key benefits of an LSO solution
    • Compare the different characteristics of an LSO solution to those of its network predecessor
    • Understand how the various LSO technologies relate to each other and the major challenges presented by the move to an NFV networks
    • Define and explain the characteristics and key benefits of an Carrier-based Connectivity Services
    • Explain the roles of the organizations/actors involved in buying and selling carrier-based connectivity services
    • Understand the major challenges presented in deploying a carrier-based connectivity solution and how a solution would be implemented to leverage its benefits
    • Define and explain the characteristics and key benefits of the Network Foundations connectivity/functional service
    • Explain the predecessors to the Network Foundations as well as explain the major challenges in deploying the Network Foundations connectivity/functional service
    • Understand how the combinations of SDN, NFV, and LSO/orchestration are leveraged to form the Network Foundations connectivity/functional solutions
  • Module 1: SDN

    • Define SDN
    • SDN Charateristics
    • Comparisons
    • SDN Technologies
    • SDN Benefits
    • SDN Challenges
    • SDN Scenarios
    • Summary

    Module 2: NFV

    • Define NFV
    • NFV Characteristics
    • Comparisons
    • NFV Technologies
    • NFV Benefits
    • NFV Challenges
    • NFV Scenarios
    • Review/Activity/Quiz

    Module 3: LSO/Orchestration

    • Define LSO/Orchestration
    • LSO/Orchestration Characteristics
    • LSO/orchestration Technologies
    • LSO/Orchestration Benefits
    • LSO/Orchestration Challenges
    • LSO/Orchestration Scenarios
    • Review/Activity/Quiz

    Module 4: Carrier-based connectivity services (L1, L2, L3)

    • Define Carrier-based Connectivity Services
    • Buying and Selling Carrier-based Connectivity Services
    • Comparisons
    • Carrier-based connectivity Services Benefits
    • Carrier-based connectivity Services Challenges
    • Carrier-based connectivity Services Scenarios
    • Review/Activity/Quiz

    Module 5: The MEF Software-Driven Network Foundations Vision

    • Define Network Foundations
    • Network Foundations Technologies
    • Network Foundations Benefits
    • Network Foundations Challenges
    • Network Foundations Scenarios
    • Review/Activity/Quiz

    Module 6: Resources

    • List of Terms
    • Glossary
    • Practice Questions
  • A basic understanding of the following topics is recommended:

    • A foundational knowledge of computer networking is assumed, such as a vendor-based “Introduction to networking”, with specific familiarity with various conceptual models of networking (OSI, Internet, etc.) and the technologies required (formally validated by the CompTIA Network+™ certification examination)
    • Familiarity with all the knowledge domains of this certification
    • Routing and Switching principles
    • Cloud Services principles

    In order to pass the MEF Network Foundations certification exam, a foundational knowledge of computer networking is assumed, with specific familiarity with various conceptual models of networking (OSI, Internet, etc.) and technologies also required. Such knowledge is formally validated by the CompTIA Network+™ certification examination1. No job experience is mandated, but familiarity with all the knowledge domains of this certification is essential to succeed.

    • Network Technician (entry level)
    • IT Analyst (entry level)
    • System Administrator (entry level)
    • Consultant – Professional Services Engineer
    • Sales Representatives
    • IT Project & Program Manager
    • Help Desk / NOC Engineer