Verizon to Replace All Legacy Edge Router Functions with New SDN-based Multi-Service Edge Solution by 2019

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Verizon to Replace All Legacy Edge Router Functions with New SDN-based Multi-Service Edge Solution by 2019 Image Credit: Verizon

Verizon – along with Cisco and Juniper Networks – is using software-defined networking (SDN) technology to combine all of its existing service edge routers for Ethernet and IP-based services onto a single platform.

Verizon aims to improve the operational efficiency of its networks while also adding increased functionality and flexibility with the new solution.

This new multi-service edge solution features a disaggregated control plane and leverages external compute to enhance the capabilities of that control plane beyond that of a traditional router.  

Simplifying the networks’ edges allows Verizon to drive process improvements in the deployment and provisioning of infrastructure on its networks, as well as in customer-focused areas such as Ethernet, internet and VPN-based services. It also allows Verizon to respond to technology changes in the industry more rapidly which, in turn, allows its customers to adopt changes in their technology at a much faster pace.

Deployments began on the Verizon IP networks in early 2018 and are slated to continue through the end of 2019. This platform will eventually replace all of the legacy edge router functions within the Verizon networks.

Michael Altland, Director, Network Infrastructure Planning, Verizon
By decoupling the control plane from a carrier-grade provider edge routing platform and moving it to general compute servers, we can serve our consumer and enterprise customers from the same platform, giving them all the functionality they need, while running our networks far more efficiently. 

Bikash Koley, CTO, Juniper Networks
Next-generation services that require low latency and real-time response are moving closer to users at the network edge, creating new gains in performance and business agility.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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