Verizon’s software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) service—powered by Viptela—is integrated with virtualized security services and managed Enterprise Radio Access Network (E-RAN) capabilities. Verizon’s Managed SD-WAN and E-RAN products comprise the company’s network-as-a-service (NaaS) offerings. The management layer that delivers these services is a joint development effort incorporating Ericsson’s Dynamic Orchestration, service assurance, and Virtual Network Function (VNF) onboarding platform.
In addition, Verizon uses Cisco’s turn-key, software-defined Virtual Managed Services (VMS) as the foundation for the delivery of the Verizon SD-WAN. Verizon SD-WAN also leverages VMS to help enterprises order SD-WAN services. Key to the Verizon SD-WAN service is the assistance in moving from today’s multiple services to a single SD-WAN platform, managed as one service, as well as its ability to enable new business models such as usage-based billing for virtual services.
Verizon SD-WAN Features
Viptela’s technology creates a separate control and data plane, can manage policies centrally, and supports network segmentation. Other highlights of the Verizon SD-WAN platform include the following Viptela features:
- Centralized management and increased agility. The ability to use centralized management and zero-touch capabilities to quickly deploy changes in service policies.
- Application performance and service availability. Clear visibility into application and infrastructure performance to enable informed decision-making concerning resource utilization and application tuning.
- Strong security. Added protection in the form of authentication for every device and every packet in the network.
- Service-chaining. Supplementary Layer 4–Layer 7 services such as WAN optimization, firewalls, and data leak prevention delivered from the Verizon cloud across the enterprise network.
“The Verizon/Viptela global SD-WAN offering is a watershed moment in managed, cloud-enabled networking services given the new capabilities enabled by this technology,” said Nav Chander, research manager within IDC’s Worldwide Telecom Division. “Verizon is well positioned to help its customers seize Software-Defined Networking’s (SDN’s) benefits and the potential it offers enterprises.”
Verizon SD-WAN Evolution
In late 2015, with its Cisco partnership, Verizon was the first major U.S. carrier to offer a widely available managed SD-WAN service. More recently, the company has fulfilled its promise of a multivendor SD-WAN approach with its Viptela partnership. In 2016, Verizon SD-WAN made Gartner’s Global Network Services Quadrant.