Before, adding a router or firewall could take weeks – even months. Businesses had to buy multiple appliances to run these specific networking functions. It's expensive, cumbersome and takes too long.
"Building networks by deploying network functions in software is a major shift in network design," said Ralph de la Vega, Vice Chairman of AT&T Inc. and CEO of AT&T Business Solutions and International. "We've broken through traditional, cost-prohibitive barriers. Our software platform delivers a simple, flexible and efficient experience for any business, virtually anywhere and anytime they need it."
Our software-defined network technology is behind the AT&T Network on Demand platform. The platform offers a highly secure and scalable network built to meet customers' individual needs. It speeds ordering, simplifies network operations and helps improve total cost of ownership. This provides customers with a foundation to create flexible services that can grow as their needs change.
AT&T Network Functions on Demand is the third service we're rolling out on the platform.
Leading global companies are interested in the service. One is global appliance manufacturing company, Fisher & Paykel.
"We quickly realized AT&T Network Functions on Demand would help us transform our business. We can launch, change and manage network functions in our offices around the world quickly and easily," said Jon White, General Manager, Information Technology, Fisher & Paykel Appliances Ltd. "We often talk about simplifying our on-site network infrastructure upgrades and deployments – this solution checks that box. It will not only provide us with visibility and control to drive down IT and operations costs, but also help us quickly respond to evolving business needs."
The first AT&T Network Functions on Demand capabilities that customers can choose from include:
- Juniper Networks virtual routing
- Cisco virtual router
- Fortinet virtual security
- Riverbed virtual WAN optimization
Since its launch in 2015, more than 1,200 businesses across multiple industries have signed up for AT&T Network on Demand solutions. We'll continue to add additional products and features on the platform in the future.
Businesses looking to increase their business agility can visit www.att.com/nfv to learn more.
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