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.