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Verizon's Virtual Network Services Brings New Options for Enterprise

By Steve Anderson July 22, 2016

Verizon, more specifically Verizon Enterprise Solutions, has been hard at work developing both a strategy for network functions virtualization (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN). That strategy has borne fruit recently with Verizon's launch of the Virtual Network Services platform, which is poised to give users the ability to move into virtual infrastructure models and offer benefits accordingly.

Available on an as-a-service basis, the Virtual Network Services platform opens up the ability to rapidly make changes to a network to achieve what's needed from the network. Numbers of locations and users can be changed, the changing amounts of bandwidth needed to run applications, and how employees use these applications can be altered almost on the fly, making for a more secure and efficient network.

Along with the improvements in network efficiency come several other useful benefits, including reduced time-to-market thanks to less hardware needing to be deployed to accomplish the same tasks, along with an accompanying reduction in total cost of ownership. A complete string of functions to allow for virtual network function (VNF) services can be put in place, allowing users to deploy several services at once from one central platform, and a new flexibility to consume features and functionality when the need arises comes into play as well.

Those interested will have a slate of three deployment models to choose from for access to Verizon's virtualized services, ranging from a premises-based universal customer premises equipment (CPE) program that seems to be available now, a cloud-based virtual CPE that will be available starting this fall and a set of hybrid services that likely won't be available until the virtual version is available as well.

With a set of technology partners from Cisco to Juniper Networks joining in to provide these services—from virtual security to software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) and beyond—the end result is a lot more options for users from Verizon. That's a point worth noting; after all, service versatility is an important selling point, and with Verizon offering so much under one roof, it's a better likelihood that customers will gravitate toward the vendor that has several items at once. If something goes wrong, it's easier to get in touch with one vendor rather than several, and that reduces costs as well by being easier to manage.

Competitive advantage is everything in a market, and being able to move faster than competitors can be a huge edge. Verizon is not only offering the measures to be more agile, but also safer in the process. That should not only make Verizon's users come out ahead, but also Verizon itself.

Edited by Alicia Young

Contributing Writer

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