Verizon Is Betting on SDN Technology To Deliver Faster Services

Looking to jump into the next generation of networking technology, Verizon is working with Cisco, Juniper Networks, Nokia Networks, and Alcatel-Lucent to deploy a software-defined network (SDN) architecture.

Essentially, Verizon is laying the groundwork for operational efficiencies that will set the stage for faster delivery of new services and applications. SDNs make it possible for network admins to manage network services more dynamically and cost-effectively. ItEUs a perfect solution for high-bandwidth applications in the telecom industry.

EUThis will become the foundation for innovative, new Verizon services and applications,EU said John Chambers, Cisco chairman and CEO. EUBoth companies share a vision to transform the entirety of the network architecture to achieve the speed and operational efficiency required to meet the needs of today, as well as capture the growth opportunities to monetize with the Internet of Everything over the next decade and beyond."

Adapting Faster

Verizon is not the first carrier to drive a software-centric architecture, but the company does have a history of staying on the cutting edge. This move should help Verizon keep up with the cloud-based competition.

"Cloud technologies hold the promise for true innovation in our industry,EU said Rajeev Suri, Nokia president and CEO. Verizon and its partners have co-authored an SDN network architecture document that includes all interface specifications and reference architectures and requirements for the control layer and forwarding box functions. This sets the stage for the development of solutions to drive the business and technical benefits of a SDN-enabled network.

EUNetwork innovation is fundamental to deploying highly scalable, secure and efficient cloud environments that adapt in real time,EU said Rami Rahim, CEO of Juniper Networks. Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent execs also chimed in on the possibilities for SDN technology to help Verizon instantly adapt to the needs of businesses and consumers.

Old School Competition

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