The rise of network functions virtualization, software-defined networking, and software-defined WAN have created a new technology base that service providers offering managed network services can build upon for their customers. The result is software-defined managed network services.
The goals of emerging software-defined managed network services are threefold:
- make the service portfolio dynamic and flexible;
- make the provision of services simpler and cheaper; and
- make the consumption of services simpler and cheaper.
Big carriers like AT&T and Verizon are in the early days of developing and rolling out their software-defined managed network services offerings. Other managed network service providers like Masergy are further along, as they had already deployed an NFV-style consolidated customer-premises appliance and a management portal to control it. Other carriers like CenturyLink and Comcast, and network-as-a-service providers like TeloIP and Aryaka, are also moving fast in this direction or using an existing NFV model for a broader service portfolio. Read More…