Nokia is introducing the latest release of Nuage’s Virtualized Network Services (VNS) platform, offering powerful and secure end-to-end network governance across a multi-cloud environment, with complete visibility and control from a single management interface.
The VNS solution, which is being referred to as SD-WAN 2.0, is more than a network connectivity platform according to Nuage as it provides an architecture to deliver and orchestrate enterprise IT services across data centers, public cloud services, SaaS provider clouds and enterprise branch sites.
Enterprise IT departments have embraced the concept of SD-WAN, with leading telecommunications research firm IDC forecasting the worldwide market for SD-WAN infrastructure will record a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 40.4 percent from $833 million in 2017 to more than $4.5 billion in 2022. IDC expects the market will expand by about 58% in 2018 to be worth more than $1.3 billion.
As Nuage explains, though, first generation SD-WAN solutions were limited in their ability to automate and manage connectivity to branch offices, which are underserved by VPN services. However, as more enterprises migrate their business applications to the cloud, they must provide seamless WAN connectivity. This includes connectivity not only between customer premises equipment at branch and regional sites, but also to their private data centers, SaaS providers and public clouds — all within a unified security and governance model. Moreover, there is demand from enterprise customers to leverage this services platform to deploy and manage value added services including VoIP, next-generation firewall, IoT, and WiFi access.
Nuage’s VNS is purpose-built to solve these new enterprise IT challenges. SD-WAN 2.0 opens up a new dynamic in networking by providing services with flexible multi-cloud capabilities, the industry’s most robust, built-in end-to-end security and a versatile architecture to deliver value-added services anywhere. These capabilities provide an immediate reduction in operational expenses and cost, superior agility, operational consistency across a multi-cloud environment and the ability to offer a diverse set of applications and services that can be consumed at the branch and/or the cloud. Longer term, the platform enables enterprises to future-proof their networks, addressing not only today’s IT challenges, but also quickly adapting to their future needs.