Telefónica announces SDN/NFV PoC with NEC and NetCracker

Telefónica Announces Successful Proof of Concept for SDN/NFV with NEC and NetCracker.

NEC Corporation, NetCracker Technology and Telefónica Business Solutions have successfully completed a Proof of Concept (PoC) based on SDN/NFV that allows Telefónica to accelerate its strategy to automate operations and provide a new agile WAN on the business market.

Telefónica, which won the award for “Operator of the Year” in the category of network virtualization, has partnered with NEC and NetCracker on this PoC, combining software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) to provide more dynamic services on the worldwide WAN portfolio for enterprises. This is a big step forward as the previous PoCs were isolated elements of the solution.

As part of the PoC, NEC/NetCracker and Telefónica built an end-to-end solution for a virtualized VPN service over a virtual CPE. The solution includes a full orchestration and self-care stack from NEC/NetCracker, integrated with Telefónica’s virtual infrastructure solution and several virtual network functions, such as virtual SSL termination gateway, virtual firewall, etc.

The orchestration solution successfully handled automated provisioning and the activation of both virtualized and traditional networks to establish virtualized VPN service and deploy the virtual network functions on the cloud.

The solution enabled the fully automated provisioning of a virtualized VPN service triggered by customers from a self-care portal, as well as fully automated value-added service provisioning and configuration. The solution allowed customers to access the VNF settings, including provisioning new remote VPN users on an SSL gateway straight from the self-care portal, establishing and modifying firewall and Web content filtering policies and giving the remote employees access to corporate network resources as well as policy-driven access to corporate resources on public cloud services.

“The rising complexity of the WAN Network is a significant drain on our time-to-market KPIs,” said Eduardo Guardincerri, Service Development & Planning Director at Telefónica Business Solutions. “That is the primary reason to invest in Proofs of Concept, to address this important challenge.”

“Given the increasing demand for virtualized solutions, we are excited to work with Telefónica and demonstrate the in-depth capabilities of our innovative SDN/NFV solutions,” said Frank DeTraglia, Chief Customer Officer at NetCracker. “We are pleased with the results of this PoC and look forward to expanding our relationship with Telefónica as the market and demand for virtualized technologies grow.”

This technology will help reducing time to deliver for Telefónica from weeks to minutes and manage customer requests in real time once the service is provisioned.

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