Verizon partners with Cisco for cloud-based VNF
Mon 19 Jun 2017
Verizon has announced that it will now offer Virtualized Network Functions (VNF) through Cisco’s Virtual Managed Services.
The introduction of VNF services is expected to provide Verizon customers with faster business processes and more efficient use of technology resources. Enterprises will have access to cloud-based versions of all services offered through the Verizon SD-WAN, with new options to be developed and offered soon.
Using Cisco’s VMS, Verizon will become the first global network to provide enterprise customers with a platform for Cisco’s intelligent WAN service, which offers centralized management, rapid provisioning, and zero-touch automation.
Combining the Verizon global network with Cisco’s VMS will allow for seamless delivery and a faster time to market for combined offerings from the two companies. Additionally, the partnership will provide increased scalability and agility, with the faster provisioning of new services. Customers will also have better control of operational expenditures due to the automation of provisioning and a self-service user interface.
“We are helping our enterprise customers have more insight and control over their IT and networking infrastructure through virtualization,” said Shawn Hakl, vice president of networking and innovation, Verizon.
The Cisco VMS is a turnkey platform that supports SD-WAN, automation and security services using Cisco hardware and software. It is cloud native and container-based to help users to simplify and secure networks for faster deployment of services.
In an interview with Light Reading, Victoria Lonker, Verizon’s executive director, network and virtual solutions said that expansion of the VNF service offerings will be driven by feedback from customers and that while the initial focus was on large enterprises, the company is looking at the needs of medium-sized businesses as well.
She noted that the new VNF services will provide new options for enterprises, but that typically they will be used in conjunction with deployment of services on premises.
Lonker also said that while customers are putting SD-WAN functionality on premises, at the edge, often they also consider having advanced firewall and security capabilities in the cloud, because a cloud-based firewall can serve several sites at the same time. Moving to a virtualized, cloud-based firewall puts security controls in the hands of the customers, rather than with Verizon.