MetTel WAN Customers Benefit from VeloCloud Virtualization Partnership

By Laura Stotler March 14, 2016

One of the greatest benefits of network virtualization is an open and interoperable atmosphere that fosters partnerships and collaboration. That is very much the case with SD-WAN specialists VeloCloud Networks and managed communication service provider MetTel. The companies are working together to provide a managed SD-WAN and bonded Internet solution to MetTel customers based on network functions virtualization (NFV).

Both partners benefit from what is essentially a virtualization ecosystem. VeloCloud provides the SD-WAN component, which runs of MetTel’s installation of the VMware vCloud NFV platform for delivery to the service provider’s medium-to-large-sized enterprise customers. The result is simplified deployment and reduced costs for both enterprise and cloud services running on the offering.

“We’re actually the microcosm of an ecosystem right here,” said Sanjay Uppal, CEO and co-founder of VeloCloud, in an interview with TelecomTV. “Because when the functions get virtualized, you need a platform for them to run on. And you need this platform to be able to chain the functions together in a very efficient, agile function. Typically wide area network functions are delivered in hardware. What we’re doing is taking those functions and delivering them as virtualized services.”

VMware’s vSphere is the NFV infrastructure used to run VeloCloud Gateways, which are then seamlessly integrated with MetTel’s private MPLS network. VeloCloud’s virtual network functions (VNF) are then available on MetTel’s network and able to be delivered seamlessly to its customers as an enhanced hybrid WAN offering.

"Using VMware vSphere to support our adoption of network functions virtualization is a perfect complement to VeloCloud SD-WAN and is a key to our technology choice," said Edward J Fox III, VP network solutions at MetTel. "VMware helps us deliver new revenue-generating services, and transforms our infrastructure and operations through the adoption of NFV. VMware's carrier-grade solution for NFVI combines production-proven virtualized compute, networking and storage. Our future mobility strategy and vision are also well aligned with VMware AirWatch and Identity Manager as well."

Edited by Maurice Nagle

NFVZone Contributing Editor

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