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Bouygues Telecom Entreprises is constantly on the hunt for innovations to boost the digital growth of companies. This is why it announced recently the signing of a strategic partnership with the SD-WAN benchmark player, Versa Networks. Thanks to the technological contribution of this pure player, Bouygues Telecom Entreprises will be in a position to propose a simple, powerful and innovative solution to companies looking for centralized and secure control of their own networks.
Canadian telco TELUS and Nuage Networks from Nokia have joined forces to launch TELUS Network as a Service (NaaS), a new software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) solution that enables businesses to virtually build, manage and cloud-optimize their networks quickly, easily and cost-effectively through a flexible self-serve platform.
For Canadian businesses, establishing or expanding a network, or changing its configuration, can be a complex, expensive and time-consuming process. In fact, according to IDC Analyst Connection, 80 percent of Canadian organizations agree that simplifying management of their networks would be a significant business benefit.
At a time where IT teams and budgets are already stretched thin, a new network initiative can divert IT resources and focus from strategic projects that drive growth and profitability, claims TELUS.
“Businesses looking to grow can be challenged by lengthy lead times and the complex IT required to build or change a network,” said Navin Arora, Senior Vice-President of Business Solutions at TELUS.
“TELUS Network as a Service is a game-changer for Canadian businesses, helping them optimize their IT and reduce costs. Our cloud-based integrated connectivity platform is fast, easy to install and has self-serve capabilities; making it convenient for businesses looking for managed services.”
TELUS NaaS can reduce network deployment time by up to 80 percent, and provides full line of sight to network performance data. Businesses can enjoy cloud-optimization through improved network performance and customizable policies that ensure mission-critical traffic, like VoIP, is prioritized over other types of traffic.
Robust firewalls along with a 99.9 percent uptime guarantee and automatic wireless LTE backup in the event the primary connection fails ensures data is safe and protected to prevent costly system downtime.
The solution can be installed over any TELUS Internet solution and those of most other providers, making it available to businesses across Canada.
“TELUS is seizing the benefits of SD-WAN technology and the greater automation and flexibility it brings to its business customers,” said Nuage Networks from Nokia founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sunil Khandekar. “Our technology provides a flexible and open SD-WAN infrastructure that can serve as a foundation for TELUS’ next-generation WAN offerings.”
Nokia announced that it has been selected by Vodafone to be a global supplier of software-defined networking (SDN). Nuage Networks - the Nokia SDN venture - will be the supplier for SDN for the datacenter. As part of the selection, a VPN+ live pilot project with Vodafone is also underway, which will demonstrate the benefits of SD-WAN in providing leading-edge NFV and IoT applications.
The Nuage Networks Virtualized Service Platform (VSP), which will be at the heart of the Vodafone deployments, is the only network virtualization, SDN and automation solution offering a single framework to provide policy-based automation across both the datacenter and WAN. It empowers customers to transform their IT and build truly automated and agile application delivery and cloud networks.
The end-to-end policy-based automation provided by VSP, across datacenter, WAN sites and public cloud providers, delivers synergy across network offerings, such as MPLS VPN and hybrid WAN services as well as hosted cloud services, by leading service providers such as Vodafone and other large cloud providers.
"We look forward to working closely with Nokia on the successful roll-out of our Vodafone Ocean implementation and our new SD-WAN with our enterprise customers," said David Amzallag, head of network virtualization, Vodafone Group. "An open, multi-vendor SDN infrastructure is key for delivering better, faster and smarter services to our customers."
The Nuage Networks VSP solution enables high-performance, reliable SDN and policy-based automation for cloud deployments at scale, and provides seamless virtual overlay networking across on-premises and public cloud environments as well as remote WAN sites for end-to-end automation and application delivery.
It also supports a range of cloud orchestration platforms for infrastructure-wide automation, including OpenStack and CloudStack open source platforms, and it works across heterogeneous application platforms and workload types, including virtual machines, containers and bare metal applications to minimize disruption and accelerate cloud-readiness.
The data center and cloud networking framework of the VSP - Virtualized Cloud Services (VCS) - automates the configuration, management and optimization of virtual networks, including security services that provide tenant isolation and access controls to individual applications and workloads.
A centralized policy manager and SDN controller automate configuration and tuning of network and security devices, accelerating IT tasks, increasing scale and reducing errors. VCS integrates with a broad range of open source reference architectures and management solutions to deliver virtual networking and automation in a highly scalable cloud environment.
"Nokia started the SDN/NFV journey with Vodafone more than three years ago, so we are now honored to be selected as a partner and to be awarded as a global supplier for SDN solutions," said Sunil Khandekar, founder and chief executive officer of Nuage Networks from Nokia. "We are pleased that our Nuage Networks solution is Vodafone's top selection to transform their datacenter applications and VPN+ service offer with the highest levels of agility, simplicity and automated flexibility for all users."
Australia’s largest telecom company Telstra announced a strategic partnership with US-based VeloCloud Networks, the Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN (software defined wide area networks) company, which simplifies and automates enterprise branch networking. The partnership includes an investment by Telstra Ventures in VeloCloud as part of their latest funding round.
According to Mark Sherman, Managing Director of Telstra Ventures, the investment was consistent with Telstra's overall network strategy, with Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) increasingly playing a role in offering greater network flexibility and agility for enterprise customers.
"We expect SDN will continue to transform enterprise networking around the world and VeloCloud SD-WAN can help companies achieve more agile and responsive networks as well as reduce costs," said Mr. Sherman.
"We are excited about the opportunity to work with VeloCloud on solutions for our enterprise customers, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region where their technology can help businesses manage their networks in dynamic environments across multiple locations. Our first step will be to offer VeloCloud technology to customers in mainland China."
Telstra's joint venture in China, Telstra PBS, is a provider of enterprise services to customers in mainland China and is adding VeloCloud SD-WAN solutions to its product suite.
"VeloCloud is very pleased that Telstra is an investor and partner in our recently concluded funding round," said Sanjay Uppal, CEO and Co-founder of VeloCloud. "We see great opportunities in Asia where more businesses are leveraging both public and private networks and relying on cloud services and applications. We look forward to working closely with Telstra given the strength of their network, customer relationships and experience in the Asia-Pacific region."
VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN enables enterprises to securely support application growth, network agility and simplified branch and end-point implementations while delivering optimized access to cloud services, private data centers and enterprise applications. It enables both enterprises and service providers to benefit from the multi-tenant cloud gateway architecture and supports real-time applications over private, broadband and wireless links.
Delivering on its Software Defined Networking and Network Functions Virtualization strategy, Verizon Enterprise Solutions is launching Virtual Network Services. The new service enables enterprises to transition to a virtual infrastructure model, providing greater agility and on-demand resources.
Available immediately around the globe, the new services will be delivered as-a-service fundamentally transforming the network into software-based solutions running on open platforms—a significant departure from how network services are provisioned and consumed today. Driving this change is digitization of business, IP communications, Internet video, and mobile to cloud.
Verizon’s Virtual Network Services will enable clients to essentially operate a “living” network that can be changed quickly to address the number of company locations and users, bandwidth required by application, and application use by employee to enable a secure, high performance and efficient network.
Viptela announced that its SD-WAN platform will be a part of Verizon Enterprise Solutions’ new Virtual Network Services that will enable enterprises to transition to a virtual infrastructure model, providing greater agility and on-demand resources.
“Through joint deployments with Verizon, we can help Fortune 500 companies migrate to a managed SD-WAN model which delivers new levels of agility, quality of service and application performance,” said Amir Khan, chief executive officer, Viptela. “The Viptela platform's ability to seamlessly integrate with Verizon’s existing networks and infrastructure will enable globally distributed enterprises to cost-effectively transition their WAN into a virtual network service.”
With the increasing adoption of cloud and mobile services, organizations are struggling to maintain acceptable levels of application performance even in remote locations. Addressing changing business needs quickly, reliably, securely and cost effectively has become increasingly more complex and operationally difficult with traditional networks. Most traditional networks don’t allow applications to scale as quickly as required which can lead to lengthy and painful deployment cycles. Viptela’s SD-WAN offering is a part of Verizon’s Virtual Network Services portfolio enabling organizations to transform their network to create a single intelligent platform that responds to their applications’ needs and allows them to make rapid changes. This fully integrated and customizable hybrid networking solution is implemented and managed by Verizon to fit each organization’s specific business needs.
The new Verizon services will provide a range of business and technical benefits to enterprises including:
- Agility: Improved time to market through reduced hardware deployment and rapid software provisioning.
- Reduction in total cost of ownership: On-demand, flexible pay-as-you-go pricing model along with reduced hardware requirements.
- End-to-end management: Fully automated and managed orchestration platform to enable Virtual Network Function (VNF) service chains (a range of services deployed simultaneously using the same platform) via a Web portal with point-and-click simplicity.
- Flexible service tiers: Features and functionality consumed as needed.
- Flexibility: Multiple network functions/vendors supported on same platform/universal customer premise equipment.
- Dynamic scaling: Capacity to meet the needs of businesses with hundreds or thousands of locations.
- Rich technology partner ecosystem with world-class vendors: Initial service release includes Cisco, Juniper Networks, Fortinet, Riverbed, Palo Alto Networks, and Viptela.
- Rapid and easy service deployment: Use of self-service portals to rapidly enable the order and deployment process.
“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,” said Shawn Hakl, vice president of networking and innovation, Verizon. “Today the network is transitioning to a virtualized model using similar technology that drove the disruption in the data center 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 the Internet of Things.”
Traditional networks worked well when market demands on enterprises were less dynamic, but businesses today have to be more innovative and agile. Yesterday’s networks have become increasingly more complex and operationally difficult to manage over time. Most don’t allow applications to scale as quickly as required which can lead to lengthy and painful deployment cycles.
Additionally, today’s networks need to work harder to keep up with increased bandwidth demands. In fact, industry analyst firm IDC predicts digital transformation will drive connectivity levels 50 percent higher across all industrial sectors in 2016 alone*.
Virtualized networks are ideal for enterprises with distributed organizations with multiple remote locations; aging networks requiring a hardware refresh; restricted or decreased capital expense budgets and early technology adopters looking for new innovative ways to propel their business.
“Virtualized services are the way of the future,” said Nav Chander, IDC Research Manager, Enterprise Telecom. “As a global networking leader, Verizon is out front with its global launch of Virtual Network Services. Their vision, strategy and service deployment are right on point. I expect others in the industry to follow suit.”
Wide area network technology vendor Silver Peak has appointed Netpoleon as its distributor for ASEAN, giving companies in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, and Myanmar direct access to its Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN technology.