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MEF Announces Global Ethernet Networking 2014 Event

MEF GEN14 will define the future of network-enabled cloud, data, and mobile services powered by Carrier Ethernet 2.0, SDN, and virtualization technologies

MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum), the defining body for Carrier Ethernet, launches its industry-wide Global Ethernet Networking (GEN14) conference on November 17-20 2014 at the Gaylord National in Washington, D.C. With a target audience exceeding 1,200 attendees, GEN14 is billed as the must-attend networking event for senior professionals involved in the Carrier Ethernet (CE) services & technology industry that consists of retail, wholesale, and mobile service providers; data center providers; cloud service providers; mid to large businesses; government organizations; network solutions vendors; the press; analysts; and others.

GEN14 (www.gen14.com) will assemble an unprecedented lineup of CE, SDN, NFV, and network-enabled cloud services market leaders to map out the evolution of Carrier Ethernet and other wide area network services in the context of a paradigm shift that is reshaping the data services & networking landscape. This paradigm shift promises to accelerate the ability of CE network operators to develop and deliver more dynamic, customized, and scalable services and applications to many more locations over much more efficient, agile, and interconnected networks.

“The MEF created from zero the $45+ billion global Carrier Ethernet services and technology market in just nine years with a powerful collaborative framework where service providers and equipment vendors from around the globe defined the specifications and certifications that underpin this now-dominant WAN technology,” said Nan Chen, President of the MEF. “GEN14 gives us an extraordinary opportunity to bring together the industry movers and shakers to build upon this strategy and take CE-powered networks and services to a whole new level of innovation. We are excited about breaking down the barriers between next-generation Carrier Ethernet and emerging disruptive technologies to help realize the vision of automated and dynamic networking that will dramatically boost service provider & end-user productivity in the years ahead.”

Every aspect of GEN14 is being developed with the paramount goal of empowering industry professionals with the highest-quality information, analysis, and peer-to-peer networking opportunities possible to help them successfully navigate through today’s pressing cost, revenue, and business process challenges.

GEN14 will encompass industry-leading keynote speakers, educational roundtables and panels, a services & technology demonstration center (including proof-of-concept and other CE, SDN, NFV, and cloud services demos), an exhibit floor, a networking lounge, and a vibrant media hub.

For program and sponsorship information, contact MEF GEN14 Program Director Stan Hubbard at 804.822.6620 or email [email protected].

For event registration and other information, see www.gen14.com.

About The MEF:

The MEF is a global industry alliance comprising more than 220 organizations including telecommunications service providers, cable MSOs, network equipment/software manufacturers, semiconductors vendors and testing organizations. The MEF’s mission is to accelerate the worldwide adoption of Carrier-class Ethernet networks and services. The MEF develops Carrier Ethernet technical specifications and implementation agreements to promote interoperability and deployment of Carrier Ethernet worldwide.

For more information about the Forum, including a complete listing of all current MEF members, please visit http://www.MetroEthernetForum.org.

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