Verizon says SD-WAN, on-demand cloud services will give enterprises more control, agility

Verizon (NYSE: VZ) recently completed its implementation of Network Function Virtualization OpenStack cloud deployment across five of its U.S. data centers, a move that will serve two purposes: transforming its network architecture and laying the foundation for new enterprise services.

Among the new services that Verizon is delivering today are its SD-WAN and bandwidth on demand connectivity.

Working in tandem with partners such as Viptela, Verizon delivers SD-WAN services across its global IP network and a network of partners including over 400 Ethernet partners globally, over 60 broadband suppliers and 20 wireless providers globally.

In February, Verizon launched a SD-WAN service with Viptela, marking the telco's latest move to implement software-based elements into its service delivery process.  

Offered in the U.S., Europe and the Asia Pacific region, the new service will allow customers to "mix and match" private and public IP connections such as MPLS, wireless LTE, broadband and Ethernet. These elements will be based on the enterprise's geographic location, bandwidth and application service availability needs.

No less compelling is its bandwidth on-demand capability. Enterprises can use this feature to get connectivity directly to various cloud service providers in the United States, Europe, Latin America and the Asia Pacific region. This means that enterprises can allocate additional bandwidth on a private network to support the cloud provider relationships and applications that are key to their own business needs.  

Shawn Hakl, VP of innovation and new product for Verizon, said that Verizon's OpenStack deployment underpins how Verizon deploys SDN/NFV services for the enterprise.

"We've made a lot of strides in our deployment of SDN/NFV-based services in 2015," Hakl said in a blog post.

Enterprise customers will gain three efficiencies from the implementation of OpenStack in Verizon's network: agility based on features offered in a software as a service (SaaS) model; embedding network cloud capabilities in the network so enterprises can collect and integrate business intelligence with big data/analytics capabilities; and supporting technology developed in the open source community.

For more:
- see this Verizon blog post

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