Verizon Enterprise Solutions today launched Virtual Network Services, which leverage the company's investment in software-defined networking and network functions virtualization to help enterprise customers in 30 global markets evolve from traditional to New IP networks.
Increasingly, enterprises need more connectivity than existing networks can provide. Distributed workforces, reliance on mobile devices and aging networks that struggle to support innovation and the digital economy are ripe for replacement.
"[We offer] virtualization of network function offered as a fully managed, globally available service," Victoria Lonker, director of product and new business at Verizon, says in an interview. "In the old days, the customer bought purpose-built hardware. Today that function can be performed in software. The customer gets a virtual instance of that function. It's all wrapped up by us with managed services. It really forms a new business model that we call network as a service."
The service is designed to provide customers with increased agility and flexibility through reduced reliance on hardware and increased software provisioning on the same platform; lower total cost of ownership; end-to-end management via Verizon's fully automated and orchestrated platform that provides VNF service chains; dynamic scaling, along with several tiers of offerings available through self-service portals, Verizon says.
Customers can choose from a variety of approaches from Verizon Enterprise Solutions , ranging from networking approach (SD-WAN or traditional); deployment model (premise -- uCPE; cloud -vCPE or hybrid) and virtual functions (security service tiers, performance optimization and secure application access). Vendor partners for vSecurity include Cisco, Fortinet, Juniper and Palo Alto Networks; vWAN optimization partners include Cisco and Riverbed; vSD WAN vendors are Cisco and Viptela; vRouting include Cisco, Juniper and Viptela, while uCPE partners are Cisco and Juniper.
After customers select their networking approach and other elements, Verizon then manages the entire architecture, from the network to the virtual network function to the data center, Lonker says. Pricing is monthly for software, licenses and management. Customers can buy or pay a month fee for the uCPE, Verizon says.
Although Verizon has chosen an initial group of "mature" applications and partners for the debut launch, the company plans to expand the service, says Lonker.
"We are using a very iterative approach in our network design. We'll have release schedules, where there'll be continuous iteration. This will allow us to bring to customers the new features they need when they need them," she says.
— Alison Diana, Ambassador, The New IP Agency. Follow her on Twitter @alisoncdiana or @NewIPAgency.