The MEF has started to work with its members on LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) efforts to help bridge the gap between NFV and OSS/BSS. LSO binds together legacy OSS and Billing Support Systems (BSS) services, newer SDN and NFV software, and telecom hardware infrastructure. It is a new software platform that can take a customer order and implement service provisioning, orchestration, fulfillment, service assurance, and monitoring, serving as the central control panel for how services are delivered across the sprawling service provider network.
Considering these requirements, the MEF Forum have recognized the need for a new operations layer that fit the new needs of provisioning popular network services such as IP VPN, Ethernet, and even cloud-to-cloud circuits, and have defined these as Lifecycle Service Orchestration or LSO. Essentially this new LSO market comprises an open operations software layer that can communicate with SDN- and NFV-enabled hardware to automate the provisioning, management, usage, service assurance, and fulfillment of these network services and existing networking platforms.