We’ve explained how vCPE and SD-WAN technologies can be used for anything, ranging from basic connectivity to a suite of data center applications and virtual network functions (VNFs). Virtualizing network functionality enables enterprises and service providers to re-evaluate their on-premises strategies.
This is why service providers are investing in the technology, because they see it as a huge opportunity to offer new services to their WAN customers as VNFs. The IT services business is a $300 billion industry, so service providers are interested in many different kinds of applications and business services they could sell to customers once a WAN link is established.
Enterprises and network managers want their network services simplified; they want a simple, IP-based connection that can get them access to a wide range of cloud services.
Below are some examples of how key network services can be virtualized at the customer edge, including the potential benefits of those services.