Ericsson in NFV deal with Verizon Enterprise Solutions

EricssonEricsson announced its NFV deal with Verizon Enterprise Solutions to provide enabling technologies for its virtualized global Managed Network Services offerings, including Software Defined Wide Area Networking (SD WAN) services.

The Ericsson technologies will allow Verizon’s enterprise customers to benefit from self-service ordering and configuration, automation and flexible payment models resulting in more efficient service delivery.

Verizon’s enterprise customers can utilize its self-service offerings to ensure flexibility in order to dynamically combine virtualized features from service options such as security packages, WAN optimization and data center load balancing for tighter service integration and better performance.

Verizon will benefit from Ericsson’s dynamic orchestration, service assurance and virtual network function (VNF) onboarding and testing. The solution is based on Ericsson’s orchestration offering in conjunction with consulting and systems integration services.

Ericsson Cloud Manager, including model-driven configuration management, and Ericsson Order Care provide the orchestration engine while the VNF Factory enables efficient onboarding and validation of VNFs into Verizon’s ecosystem, while reducing its time to market for new Verizon enterprise services.

“This project builds on the launch of mobile offering that leverages Ericsson’s cloud orchestration solutions to provide VPN capabilities for mobile devices. We are jointly developing on Ericsson’s platform to enable a range of secure virtual networking services to our enterprise customers,” said Shawn Hakl, vice president of Networking and Security Solutions, Verizon.

As part of Verizon’s Managed SD WAN offerings, Ericsson’s solution enables Verizon to manage and orchestrate hybrid client networks in real time, turning legacy networks into elastic infrastructures that are lightweight, programmable and more adaptable.

“Our latest work together in NFV Orchestration will help Verizon to continue to lead the industry with its hybrid managed networks at scale,” said Jean-Philippe Poirault, head of Business Unit IT & Cloud Services at Ericsson.