07.21.2016Enterprise Tech

Verizon’s Virtual Network Services creates “living” network

By: Janet Brumfield

Delivering on its Software Defined Networking and Network Functions Virtualization strategy, Verizon Enterprise Solutions is launching Virtual Network Services. The new service enables enterprises to transition to a virtual infrastructure model, providing greater agility and on-demand resources.

Available immediately around the globe, the new services will be delivered as-a-service fundamentally transforming the network into software-based solutions running on open platforms—a significant departure from how network services are provisioned and consumed today. Driving this change is digitization of business, IP communications, Internet video, and mobile to cloud.

Verizon’s Virtual Network Services will enable clients to essentially operate a “living” network that can be changed quickly to address the number of company locations and users, bandwidth required by application, and application use by employee to enable a secure, high performance and efficient network.

The new services will provide a range of business and technical benefits to enterprises including:


  • Agility: Improved time to market through reduced hardware deployment and rapid software provisioning.
  • Reduction in total cost of ownership: On-demand, flexible pay-as-you-go pricing model along with reduced hardware requirements.
  • End-to-end management: Fully automated and managed orchestration platform to enable Virtual Network Function (VNF) service chains (a range of services deployed simultaneously using the same platform) via a Web portal with point-and-click simplicity.
  • Flexible service tiers: Features and functionality consumed as needed.


  • Flexibility: Multiple network functions/vendors supported on same platform/universal customer premise equipment.
  • Dynamic scaling: Capacity to meet the needs of businesses with hundreds or thousands of locations.
  • Rich technology partner ecosystem with world-class vendors: Initial service release includes Cisco, Juniper Networks, Fortinet, Riverbed, Palo Alto Networks, and Viptela.
  • Rapid and easy service deployment: Use of self-service portals to rapidly enable the order and deployment process.

“The way in which network services are delivered is going through an unprecedented shift—the biggest we’ve seen since the broad adoption of MPLS,” said Shawn Hakl, vice president of networking and innovation, Verizon. “Today the network is transitioning to a virtualized model using similar technology that drove the disruption in the data center market. With our new solution set, enterprises will be able to balance agility, performance, cost and security necessitated by the growth of mobile-to-cloud applications and the Internet of Things.”

Traditional networks no longer offer businesses the agility required to successfully compete

Traditional networks worked well when market demands on enterprises were less dynamic, but businesses today have to be more innovative and agile. Yesterday’s networks have become increasingly more complex and operationally difficult to manage over time. Most don’t allow applications to scale as quickly as required which can lead to lengthy and painful deployment cycles.

Additionally, today’s networks need to work harder to keep up with increased bandwidth demands. In fact, industry analyst firm IDC predicts digital transformation will drive connectivity levels 50 percent higher across all industrial sectors in 2016 alone*.

Virtualized networks are ideal for enterprises with distributed organizations with multiple remote locations; aging networks requiring a hardware refresh; restricted or decreased capital expense budgets and early technology adopters looking for new innovative ways to propel their business.

“Virtualized services are the way of the future,” said Nav Chander, IDC Research Manager, Enterprise Telecom. “As a global networking leader, Verizon is out front with its global launch of Virtual Network Services. Their vision, strategy and service deployment are right on point. I expect others in the industry to follow suit.”

Verizon to offer three deployment models for virtualized services

Verizon will offer three models to clients for deploying virtualized services including: premises-based universal customer premises equipment (CPE), cloud-based virtual CPE services (available Fall 2016) and hybrid services where clients can mix premises-based and cloud-based deployment models to meet their individual business and technical requirements.

Verizon’s initial Virtual Network Service packages are: Security, WAN Optimization, and SD WAN services, and include:

Virtual Network Services Technology Partner
Juniper Networks

Palo Alto Networks

vWAN Optimization







Juniper Networks

Verizon’s new services can be delivered across public, private and wireless networks from Verizon or other service providers, or a combination of multiple providers across multiple networks.

To help clients plan for and deploy Virtual Network Services, Verizon’s professional services staff can help clients with a networking assessment and networking design for their implementation.

For more information, visit: http://www.verizonenterprise.com/products/networking/.