Verizon Launches Virtual Network Services
NEW YORK – Delivering on its Software Defined Networking and Network Functions Virtualization strategy, Verizon Enterprise Solutions is launching Virtual Network Services that will enable enterprises to transition to a virtual infrastructure model, providing greater agility and on-demand resources.
Available immediately around the globe, the new services will be delivered as-a-service fundamentally transforming the network into software-based solutions running on open platforms—a significant departure from how network services are provisioned and consumed today. Driving this change is digitization of business, IP communications, Internet video, and mobile to cloud.
Verizon’s Virtual Network Services will enable clients to essentially operate a “living” network that can be changed quickly to address the number of company locations and users, bandwidth required by application, and application use by employee to enable a secure, high performance and efficient network.
The new services will provide a range of business and technical benefits to enterprises including:
- Agility: Improved time to market through reduced hardware deployment and rapid software provisioning
- Reduction in total cost of ownership: On-demand, flexible pay-as-you-go pricing model along with reduced hardware requirements.
- End-to-end management: Fully automated and managed orchestration platform to enable Virtual Network Function (VNF) service chains (a range of services deployed simultaneously using the same platform) via a Web portal with point-and-click simplicity.
- Flexible service tiers: Features and functionality consumed as needed.
- Flexibility: Multiple network functions/vendors supported on same platform/universal customer premise equipment.
- Dynamic scaling: Capacity to meet the needs of businesses with hundreds or thousands of locations.
- Rich technology partner ecosystem with world-class vendors: Initial service release includes Cisco, Juniper, Fortinet, Riverbed, Palo Alto, and Viptela.
- Rapid and easy service deployment – Use of self-service portals to rapidly enable the order and deployment process.
“The way in which network services are delivered is going through an unprecedented shift—the biggest we’ve seen since the broad adoption of MPLS,” said Shawn Hakl, vice president of networking and innovation, Verizon. “Today the network is transitioning to a virtualized model using similar technology that drove the disruption in the data center market. With our new solution set, enterprises will be able to balance agility, performance, cost and security necessitated by the growth of mobile-to-cloud applications and the Internet of Things.”
Verizon’s initial Virtual Network Service packages are: Security, WAN Optimization, and SD WAN services, and include:
- Security: Juniper, Fortinet, Palo Alto, Cisco
- vWAN Optimization: Riverbed, Cisco
- SD-WAN: Cisco, Viptela
- vCPE: Juniper, Cisco