Orange partners with Cisco for SD-WAN NFV

07 February 2018 | James Pearce


Orange Business Services has launched a new software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) solution which includes network function virtualisation on boarding as part of a collaboration with Cisco.

The latest addition to Orange’s SD-WAN portfolio uses Cisco’s Enterprise Network Compute System (ENCS) platform, which delivers a fully functional virtualised solution for network services.

It falls into Orange’s universal customer premise equipment (uCPE) offering and is in addition to existing appliance or cloud-based deployment options.

Pierre-Louis Biaggi, vice president, Connectivity, Orange Business Services said: “This work strengthens our long-standing partnership with Cisco. Together we are bringing innovations in SD-WAN and the wider network to our customers worldwide. 

“These developments will help realize the promise of intent-based networking, which will use artificial intelligence to automatically orchestrate networks based on predicted user demand. This will help improve application performance, security and business continuity.”

In addition Orange can provide enterprises in multiple locations with automated Cisco SD-WAN deployment, based on Viptela technology, using uCPE central orchestration. This allows the use of multiple virtual functions, such as security, which can be orchestrated centrally and chained.

“SD-WAN provides the essential foundation for Service Providers to transform their network services,” said Sachin Gupta, senior vice president, product management for Cisco Enterprise Networking. 

“One of the truly global providers, we are excited Orange is accelerating the adoption of SD-WAN technology leveraging Cisco’s ENCS platform. Our partnership will accelerate customers’ transformation to cloud and digital while delivering new-age capability for simplified operations, application visibility and performance.”