Orange Business Services advanced closer to its 'adaptive network' goal with the unveiling on Monday of Easy Go Network, the first step in its network-as-a-service (NaaS) strategy which is slated to become available in 75 countries by the end of the year.
Easy Go Network uses software-defined network technology to provide fully-virtualized network functions (VNF) to enterprise customers' branch offices. After a 12-month trial, Orange Business Services now enables businesses to provision VNFs for remote offices with digital self-service ordering, customer care and reporting functions over a portal. Because the service uses a router, it eliminates truck rolls, providing increased flexibility and availability in minutes, not hours or days, according to the service provider.
The global NaaS market will increase at an annual compound growth rate of more than 35% between 2016 and 2020, according to Technavio. CSPs' adoption of NFV, which virtualizes functions such as firewalls, load balancers and intrusion detection devices, helps service providers attain scalability, reduce capex and align service deployments, the research firm says. For its part, MarketsandMarkets estimates the NaaS market will reach almost $51 billion in 2019 versus slightly less than $31 billion in 2014.
Researchers agree NaaS is growing fast – and one reason is growing disdain for opex spending, something Orange built into its pricing. Customers access Easy Go Network via a month-to-month contract and requires no upfront or minimum revenue commitment, Orange says.
Currently, Orange offers application awareness on a virtual, adaptive enterprise firewall that leverages Fortinet Security Fabric. Through its partnership with Fortinet Inc. , Orange incorporates virtualized security capabilities such as unified application control, intrusion prevention, web content filtering, spyware prevention and malware defense, the CSP says.
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A screenshot of Orange Business Services' Easy Go Network.
"Easy Go Network is an evolution of our enhanced hybrid network strategy. It is designed to help businesses anticipate and address their digital needs fast and within budget," says Pierre-Louis Biaggi, vice president of Connectivity Business Unit at Orange, in a statement. "We are using an open-standards based approach to develop our SDN and NFV strategy, and we are planning to launch a universal CPE for larger sites next year. Our ultimate goal is an adaptive network, which we will bring to our customers within the next three years."
Next year, Orange plans to add other virtualized functions such as application optimization and WiFi management, the CSP says.
— Alison Diana, Editor, The New IP Agency. Follow her on Twitter @alisoncdiana or @The_New_IP.