Wireless networks company, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, is focusing on the digital transformation space with the launch of its Virtual Network Services. Aimed at enterprises and government agencies, the services aim to enable enterprises to transition to a virtual infrastructure model.
The new services will be delivered as-a-service, transforming the network into software-based solutions running on open platforms.
Verizon’s initial Virtual Network Service packages are vSecurity, vWAN optimisation, SD WAN, and uCPE services.
The new services will provide reduced hardware deployment, a reduction in total cost of ownership, end-to-end management, flexible service tiers, and self-service portals to rapidly enable the order and deployment process.
The company has also signed on technology partners for the solutions.
Cisco, Fortinet, Juniper Networks, and Palo Alto Networks are partners for vSecurity; Cisco and Riverbed partners for vWAN Optimisation; Cisco and Viptela partners for SD-WAN; and Cisco and Juniper Networks partners for uCPE.
Verizon’s new services can be delivered across public, private and wireless networks from Verizon or other service providers, or a combination of multiple providers across multiple networks.
Verizon will offer three models for deploying virtualised services including: premises-based universal customer premises equipment (CPE), Cloud-based virtual CPE services (available Q3, 2016) and hybrid services where clients can mix premises-based and Cloud-based deployment models to meet individual business and technical requirements.
Verizon vice-president of networking and innovation, Shawn Hakl, said the launch of Virtual Network Service is a departure from how network services are provisioned and consumed today. Driving this change is digitisation of business, IP communications, Internet video, and mobile to Cloud, he added.
“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,” he said.
“Today the network is transitioning to a virtualised model using similar technology that drove the disruption in the datacentre 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 IoT.”
Palo Alto Networks business development vice-president, Terry Ramos, said the integration of Palo Alto Networks’ Next-Generation Security Platform with Verizon Virtual Network Services will enable customers to adopt a breach prevention-oriented approach to cybersecurity.
“From IoT to Cloud environments, the enterprise network continues to evolve as customers transition to digital businesses requiring security that can adapt and scale on-demand.
“As part of Verizon’s Virtual Network Services, the Fortinet Security Fabric will provide enterprises with open, adaptive virtual security and actionable threat intelligence, turning network protection into a driver of business insight and agility,” Fortinet carrier and service providers vice-president, Matt Pley, said.