Verizon launches SDN WAN service

Verizon has begun offering a software-defined WAN service using Cisco’s Intelligent WAN (IWAN) technology.

The service is aimed at supporting enterprises manage network traffic, claiming to offer enhanced network security and performance.   

Verizon and Cisco will both market and sell the managed solution to their respective enterprise customers in the US beginning in September. The companies plan to roll out the solution in Europe, the Middle East and Africa by the end of the year.

“Our focus is to help enterprises improve the performance and security of their networks by using the most effective means of connecting mobile users to cloud applications. More than ever, today’s networks require rigorous oversight and expert management to meet the constant demands of the digital age,” said Shawn Hakl, vice president of enterprise networking and innovation, Verizon.

The new solution will be supported by Verizon’s IT consulting group which aims to help enterprises manage their transition to SD-based networking.

In April, Verizon revealed plans to implement SDN infrastructure that it claims will lay the groundwork for upcoming services and applications and transform its network. It is working with Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Nokia Networks, Cisco and other vendors on the deployment of SDN.

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