Masergy Communications, the cloud and security provider, is launching a network functions virtualization deployment platform for enterprise customers, comparing the novel business model to a mobile app store.
Called Virtual f(n), the new NFV shop launches on Wednesday, with initial offerings that include Brocade virtual routers and Fortinet firewalls. Additional services such as session border controllers and WAN accelerators are slated to be added. Customers can purchase and deploy the virtual network functions through Masergy’s online portal.
“They’re right where the industry is going,” says analyst Jim Metzler of Ashton Metzler & Associates. Masergy “just happened to get there first,” he adds.
Ease and speed of NFV deployment have been seen as impediments to the technology’s growth in the enterprise, a challenge Masergy hopes to capitalize on.