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How Versa’s NFV Platform Enables Easy BSS/OSS Orchestration for SD-WAN and Security Services

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By Versa Staff
Versa Networks
December 12, 2018

SD-WAN continues its rapid growth, as enterprises look to simplify WAN infrastructure and provide new services that help them compete in today’s software-driven environment. Software and automation are the leading technologies that will drive IT and networking systems to support business-critical operations and strategic initiatives.

While enterprises have been the primary benefactors of SD-WAN, the trend is moving toward the consumption of networking and security as managed services. In fact, IDC predicts SD-WAN managed services will soon out-pace do-it-yourself (DIY) SD-WAN, and grow to $5.4 billion by 2022. This follows a similar direction that enterprises have taken, moving from internally managed IT, to consuming IT as a service from cloud and SaaS.

The SD-WAN Opportunity for Service Providers

Service providers are looking for solutions that help them rapidly address their customer demands, and a managed SD-WAN service is a perfect fit. They can protect their existing MPLS services, take advantage of new SD-WAN revenue opportunities, and differentiate with value-added services.

The opportunity for service providers to garner new business and generate additional service revenue from existing customers is promising. However, there are significant challenges when integrating and automating SD-WAN, virtual network functions (VNF) services, and virtualizing diverse WAN connections into business and operational orchestration platforms. SD-WAN brings significant changes to WAN service topologies. It also brings a new approach for managing, provisioning and supporting a WAN overlay model.

Integrating Orchestration, Management, and the Monetization of Virtual Network Services

With Versa, those challenges are now a thing of the past. We recognize management and orchestration are critical for adding services that connect with existing business and operational systems. Versa’s next-generation secure cloud IP platform includes cloud, networking and security services to automate and deliver SD-WAN, multi-layered security, and other “over the top” value-added services, all seamlessly integrated with leading OSS/BSS orchestration platforms. Using standard APIs, service providers can automate the deployment of service chains utilizing a variety of VNF-enabled service functions – all managed through their market-leader orchestration platforms such as AMDOCS.

The Versa secure cloud IP platform enables managed SD-WAN, SD-Branch and SD-security services for the WAN Edge. Service providers can streamline their ability to provide multi-tenant, software-defined services (routing, SD-WAN, Security, Branch and cloud-edge) built on SDN and NFV principles. Automated service workflows and provisioning simplify delivering to their customers the ability to rapidly change and control their WAN Edge through a user portal, across customer premises, data centers, and multiple clouds.

Versa enables SD-WAN and security services to be easily integrated with any operations and business systems (OSS/BSS). Service providers can quickly deploy and generate new revenue from managed SD-routing, SD-WAN and SD-security services, while reducing deployment and operating costs.

Versa SD-WAN integrates networking with full contextual policy management, analytics and infrastructure automation within a single, flexible software platform that can be deployed as bare metal, virtual or as a uCPE platform.

Service providers can now achieve unprecedented scalability for enterprise customers of any size with Versa’s single software platform. They can create a full range of advanced security services, and deliver comprehensive threat protection with Versa’s multi-layered security capabilities, such as application awareness and control, intrusion prevention, anti-virus, web filtering, mobile security, network performance analytics, and more. VNF and PNF services from other vendors can also be easily service chained to create network and security solutions based on service provider vendors preferences.

Versa Networks is transforming service provider infrastructure from proprietary hardware-based networks to open, automated software-defined networks that are cloud-native and fully support existing underlay networks. The many challenges of building next generation network service operations that eliminate deployment risk have been successfully addressed. And the opportunity to quickly generate additional revenue from new operations, and offer differentiated services that deliver high-quality user experiences is now a reality.

To learn more about how Versa technology makes easy for NFV orchestration of SD-WAN services, view the recent press release published by AMDOCS here: https://www.amdocs.com/media-room/amdocs-partners-fortinet-and-versa-networks-deploy-pre-integrated-extensible