Fujitsu’s Ralph Santitoro Elected to Fifth Term on MEF’s Board of Directors
MEF membership affirms Santitoro's commitment and leadership to advance Carrier Ethernet industry
Fujitsu Network Communications, a leading provider of business, information technology, and communications solutions, today announced the re-election of Ralph Santitoro, Director of Carrier Ethernet Market Development, , to a fifth consecutive term on the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) Board of Directors. Santitoro's commitment to the widespread adoption of Carrier Ethernet is evident in his diverse leadership roles in MEF Technical, Marketing and Certification committees over the past 11 years.
A founding member and key contributor since the forum's inception in 2001, Santitoro has provided leadership in defining all MEF Carrier Ethernet Services from retail E-Line, E-LAN and E-Tree defined in MEF 6.1 to wholesale E-Access defined in MEF 33. He simultaneously leads the CE4Cloud project, which is evolving Carrier Ethernet networks and services to better support on-demand, elastic, pay-as-you-go cloud-centric applications which is discussed in the recently published "" paper he co-authored. Santitoro also created the MEF Carrier Ethernet Professional Certification Program which is the industry's first vendor-independent certification targeting Carrier Ethernet technical professionals.
"Ralph has been a longstanding contributor to MEF and we are once again pleased that he will participate strategically as an MEF Board member," said Nan Chen, MEF president. "He has consistently worked to coalesce our industry around Carrier Ethernet standardization, education and compliance. We look forward to his efforts in new areas of focus including Cloud Computing and Professional Certification."
"Working with industry colleagues from around the world to advance this critical communications technology is very rewarding," said Santitoro. "This collaboration benefits many as MEF compliance has become the criteria for selecting their Ethernet services or networking equipment. Being at the forefront of this industry enables me to help Fujitsu's customers define and develop highly differentiated Ethernet service offerings that address a wide range of applications."
In his role as Director of Carrier Ethernet Market Development at Fujitsu, Santitoro provides industry thought leadership and works with customers to create MEF-compliant service offerings using Fujitsu and Ethernet service management solutions to deliver superior performance, scalability, management and return on investment.
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Over 170,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$54 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012.
Fujitsu Network Communications Inc., headquartered in Richardson, Texas, is an innovator in Connection-Oriented Ethernet and optical transport technologies. A market leader in packet optical networking solutions, WDM and SONET, Fujitsu offers a broad portfolio of multivendor network services as well as end-to-end solutions for design, implementation, migration, support and management of optical networks. For seven consecutive years Fujitsu has been named the U.S. photonics patent leader, and is the only major optical networking vendor to manufacture its own equipment in North America. Fujitsu has over 500,000 network elements deployed by major North American carriers across the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. For more information, please see: www.fujitsu.com.