Ericsson picks Verizon for managed SD-WAN

Staff writer
Telco SDN/NFV Asia

Ericsson has selected Verizon’s managed services to accelerate the transformation of its corporate IT environment.

In a statement, Ericsson said the initial implementation will focus on the deployment of Verizon’s Managed Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD WAN) service integrated with virtualized security services and Managed Enterprise Radio Access Network (E-RAN) solutions.

Johan Torstensson, CIO and head of IT at Ericsson, said, "The use of Verizon’s software defined services accelerates the automation of operations, maintains application performance and enables on-demand implementation of WAN policies.”

“This is critical to ensure the ongoing security, integrity and agility of our business. In addition, the use of E-RAN, which leverages the Ericsson Radio DOT System and Pico RBS, will enhance the performance and appeal of our corporate facilities paving the way for new applications to be delivered by indoor mobile network infrastructure,” the executive said.

Verizon’s Managed SD WAN and Managed E-RAN solutions are part of Verizon’s Network-as-a-Service offerings. The management layer delivering these services is a joint development effort that incorporates Ericsson’s Dynamic Orchestration, Closed loop service assurance and Automated Validation and Onboarding Platform (AVOP).

Ericsson will consume virtualized network functions (VNFs) as a utility in a pay-as-you-go, usage-based model. This solution will allow Ericsson to expand the global reach of its corporate IT infrastructure using Verizon’s Global IP network for public and private networking solutions.

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