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Masergy Deploys NFV at Network Edge to Improve Service Agility

By Laura Stotler June 25, 2015

Masergy is the latest service provider to embrace NFV, deploying carrier-class, pure-play virtualization at the edge of its network. The company announced it is using a combination of NFV solutions from Overture, Brocade, Fortinet and Intel in a distributed model, with the goal of offering customers greater service agility in real time.

While many carriers are trying out NFV in proof of concept trials, Masergy has taken the leap to deployment. The service provider is aiming to provide new and advanced premium services to its customers, which may be deployed quickly and easily thanks to agility derived from virtualization.

The service provider has dubbed its edge-of-the-network NFV deployment Virtual f(n). It is comprised of the Overture Ensemble Carrier Ethernet solution, the Brocade Vyatta 5600 vRouter and Fortinet’s FortiGate-VM firewall. Virtualized network functions (VNFs) run on the Overture 65vSE VNF compute node platform, which is based on the Intel Atom processor, located at the customer premise. All software is open source and offers Gigabit throughout similar to appliance-based Carrier Ethernet 2.0 performance levels.

“Our primary focus is on service agility and our pure-play NFV deployment sets the stage for immediate response to customer requests,” said Tim Naramore, CTO of Masergy. “With this launch, we’re adding incredibly agile and flexible solutions to our Managed Network f(n) family of distributed, fully managed network functions.”

According to Tom Nolle, president of CIMI Corporation, a consulting firm, an increasing number of service providers are deploying NFV solutions because of their massive revenue potential.

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“NFV is not just about reducing front-end capital expenses,” said Nolle. “It's not even primarily about OPEX reduction, though that's important. It’s about trillions of dollars in revenue upside gained when providers create new services by exploiting service agility and network flexibility. The focus on agility as the key driver is exactly what I recommend to every provider considering NFV.”

Masergy customers now have the ability to add, remove and configure network functions themselves via the company’s Intelligent Service Control (ISC) portal. The result is that enterprises may benefit from open, dynamic and flexible service delivery.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

NFVZone Contributing Editor

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