Verizon Makes CPE Offering
May 9, 2017
has expanded its Virtual Network Services product offering by adding
x86-based whitebox options, leveraging OpenStack, to its universal
customer premises equipment (uCPE) portfolio. Verizon's uCPE eliminates
the need for enterprises to invest in separate hardware appliances for
critical virtual network functions (VNF) such as software-defined WAN
(SD-WAN), security, routing, WAN optimization, or any other network
function that can be virtualized.
"Verizon continues to deliver on our SDN/NFV transformation roadmap for
the enterprise," said Shawn Hakl, vice president of new products and
innovation at Verizon. "Our new uCPE options expand the range of choices
available to our customers, accelerate the enterprise transformation to
cloud based architectures, and increase the agility of organizations to
respond to market challenges."
Verizon has simplified the transition to software-defined,
application-centric network deployments for organizations of all sizes
by expanding its Virtual Network Services uCPE options from
vendor-specific platforms to an open hardware, open source whitebox
As featured at the 2017 OpenStack Summit, Verizon's uCPE portfolio
ranges in size from solutions suitable for small retail sites up to
large datacenter deployments and leverages commercial-off-the-shelf
(COTS) hardware using a globally distributed open source architecture.
This enables enterprises to deploy global services with Verizon's
leading application library quickly and easily.
"Verizon is excited by the pace of innovation within the OpenStack
community and its ability to provide organizations with more options to
deliver agility, efficiency and scalability from their cloud
infrastructure," said Hakl.
Using a combination of COTS hardware over a massively distributed
deployment of OpenStack allows customers to decouple hardware from
software and frees them from proprietary hardware. This flexibility
helps control costs, simplifies physical network architectures, and
gives customers the independence to pick the right mix of hardware and
uCPE solution incorporates service chaining and Enterprise Orchestration
for automation of onboarding and provisioning. Subsequent Enterprise
Orchestration releases will include service assurance capabilities for
fault and performance monitoring, as well as closed-loop healing and a
VNF factory. Integrating a full-service life-cycle orchestration
solution into Verizon's uCPE will enable enterprises to deploy near
real-time SDN technologies.
As Verizon's customer needs evolve, Verizon continues to expand its
virtual network portfolio to evolve with them. Verizon's uCPE portfolio
with orchestration and auto provisioning expands equipment options now,
while open source enables the expansion of virtual network functions in