Verizon and Cisco Expand Virtual Network Function Delivery on OpenStack

Cisco and Verizon announced an expansion of their partnership, providing Verizon customers with a library of capabilities using Cisco’s Virtual Managed Services (VMS).

Jared Headley, Senior Director, Product Management, NFV business unit at Cisco, told EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet that the first offering on the VMS is Cisco’s Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) service.

“The VMS solution will enable Verizon to automatically deploy their SD-WAN service that enables Verizon’s customers to more quickly gain greater application visibility and control into all their network services,” Headley said. “Verizon has been using Cisco’s SD-WAN (IWAN) solution for some time, but now can deploy it in an automated, zero touch fashion as well as provide greater visibility and control to their Enterprise customers.”

Verizon first engaged with Cisco for the iWAN SD-WAN service in September 2015. SD-WAN is an emerging technology area that could help organizations replace costly MPLS links with high quality Software Defined public Internet WAN links.

From an infrastructure perspective, Headley noted that the Cisco VMS solution runs on an OpenStack environment at Verizon. Both Cisco and Verizon and members and supports of the open-source OpenStack cloud platform.

“We are helping our enterprise customers have more insight and control over their IT and networking infrastructure through virtualization,” Shawn Hakl, vice president of networking and innovation at Verizon, said in a statement. “Cisco is an important technology provider helping us to plan and deliver secure, high-performance virtualized services with agility to our clients.”

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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