Ciena is introducing a virtual service software solution - Agility Matrix - for Managed Services Providers (MSPs) to offer virtualized network functions as an on-demand, consumption-based business service.
According to Ciena, the new Agility Matrix solution enables service providers to adopt a more agile and profitable strategy for adding and expanding network services and appliance functionality with a simple web interface and a consumption-based billing model. The platform modernizes the acquisition, distribution, consumption and payment of virtualized network functions (VNF) and allows enterprises to drastically improve performance of all enterprise and cloud-based applications and better manage distributed networks, added Ciena.
Included in Ciena’s new Agility Matrix software is the VNF Market, an open, online marketplace for a variety of third-party VNFs such as encryption, firewalls, and VPNs and Director, a management and orchestration engine. Ciena said that it is building out its VNF Market, currently working with several leading virtual appliance vendors, including BlackRidge Technology, Brocade, Certes Networks, Silver Peak and Spirent Communications.
Ciena also announced that it established a new business division, Ciena Agility, to power service velocity, innovation and business value across the wide area network (WAN). This division includes dedicated resources for software development, product line management, product marketing, service and support, sales and business development.