The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

MEF's LSO Enables Third Network Services for Cloud Content and Service Providers

Tuesday, 21 March; 12:30 - 13:30
Expo Theater III

Session Organized by MEF


Session Description

This presentation will explain how LSO is the critical enabler of automated and virtualized networks built with SDN and NFV. Currently, service providers need LSO capabilities and supporting API to overcome OSS and BSS obstacles that prevent them from realizing the full benefits of emerging SDN & NFV technologies.  LSO encompasses all network domains that require coordinated inter-operator end-to-end management and control to deliver on-demand cloud connectivity services and to assure their overall quality and security.

  • Enterprise business drivers for on-demand, agile, automated, cloud-connected connectivity services
  • Enabling services innovation by leveraging the global Carrier Ethernet services footprint, adding LSO (Lifecycle Services Orchestration), SDN and NFV
  • Dynamic services development: Not a greenfield play – protecting investments through a practical roadmap
  • LSO and the pending impact on operator wholesale businesses


Ralph Santitoro
Distinguished Fellow and Director, MEF
Head of SDN/NFV Solutions Practice, Fujitsu Network Communications

Ralph is a MEF founding member, serves on the Board of Directors, and co-chairs MEF’s Global Marketing Committee.  Ralph has been a catalyst for MEF’s Third Network vision and MEF’s transformation towards developing software artifacts, architectures and service definitions addressing Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) of network services using SDN and NFV technologies. Ralph created and leads Fujitsu’s SDN/NFV Solutions Practice where he also serves as Principal Consultant.  The practice assesses, designs, integrates, and manages multi-vendor solutions using SDN/NFV/LSO technologies that enable on-demand Virtual Network Services. Ralph regularly speaks at events on LSO, Virtual Network Services, NFV, SDN, and SD-WAN.

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