Singtel launches NFV-based router and firewall

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Singtel has launched a new software-based router and firewall service based on NFV technology for enterprises in the APAC region.

The operator is pitching the service as a chance for enterprises to replace their physical router and firewall hardware with a more cost-efficient software system.

Virtualized routers and firewalls can be configured on demand via a web portal, simplifying the process of network management.

“The Singtel NFV service caters to enterprises with little or lean IT support but which operate physically in many locations,” Singtel vice president of global products for group enterprise Lee Han Kheng said.

“This software-based service helps customers minimise on-site set ups and support of IT equipment as network administration can be remotely accessed through a centralized portal. This means customers have the flexibility to pay only for what they use, without worrying about the fixed costs of owning networking equipment which may be underused or become obsolete over time.”

Singtel will initially offer its NFV service to subscribers to selected business broadband and WAN service plans, but will be ready for global deployment in the near future. Singtel also revealed plans to roll out additional NFV security-related services including unified threat management services. 

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