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Masergy's Virtual f(n) Platform Offers New Tools for Business

By Steve Anderson July 01, 2015

For companies tired of having to work with network appliances and on-site administration of routing and firewall systems, Masergy has a new and powerful tool lined up: the Virtual f(n) platform. Companies bringing this tool into operations will be able to take advantage of virtualized network function (VNF) to work with routing and firewall systems, among others.

Part of the larger Managed Network f(n) family of products, Virtual f(n) is going to open up some new options for users that should prove welcome. Virtual f(n) joins two previous releases—Premise f(n) and Cloud f(n)—as part of a larger overall operation that gives users plenty of options in terms of deployments and network architectures to put together. As such, Virtual f(n) is designed to work smoothly with its cohorts to create the fullest range of possibilities.

Masergy's chief technical officer (CTO), Tim Naramore, offered up some explanation around Virtual f(n)'s overall capabilities. Naramore noted that the platform was able to take out “...the management, cost and space requirements typically associated with physical network assets.” Essentially, Naramore elaborated, network services were available for just one simple software download, with no need for on-site administration or equipment shipments. Naramore referred to this move as the “programmable enterprise,” and it was a move that had been in the works for some time.

Meanwhile, Enterprise Telecom research manager Nav Chander chipped in some insight on Masergy's new development, saying “Network Function Virtualization (NFV) lets companies deploy network capabilities via software running on commodity hardware, but we've seen few commercial applications. Masergy is one of the first communications service providers, to our knowledge, that has made this available to enterprises in the U.S.”

Those interested in getting started with Virtual f(n), meanwhile, will have plenty of other options. Virtual f(n) is now available to Masergy customers, with online ordering via the Intelligent Service Console (ISC) portal also ready. For those who have brought in the VM-enabled Masergy Intelligent Bridge (MIB) system, it's almost even easier; just log into the portal, provide a set of system requirements, and Masergy will actually do the rest itself.

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When hardware and on-site administration can be removed from a process, there's one point that should leap immediately to mind: cost savings. It's hard to pass up any means of saving costs while leaving revenues alone or even increasing same, and turning to NFV tools like Masergy's Managed Network f(n), particularly the new Virtual f(n), should go a long way toward providing cost savings. The combination of removing expensive equipment and on-site maintenance requirements while allowing  the systems to continue working as it always has helps drop expenses without impacting revenue, meaning greater potential profitability.

NFV tools like those offered by Masergy may not mean an automatic jump in profit, but they commonly can mean—if used correctly and under the right circumstances—reductions in costs without sacrifice in service. That means a great possibility for users, and every reason to check out Masergy's new offerings.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

Contributing Writer

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