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Verizon Business and Equinix automate connections to MPLS and Private Ethernet

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Automatic access is software defined in new Network-as-a-Service arrangement.

Verizon Business is working with data centre giant Equinox to automate the connection of enterprise clients to hundreds of cloud services, network infrastructures and service providers. 

Access will be achieved by improvements to its global supply of MPLS and Ethernet private networking, which will be facilitated by the mobile telco’s Software-Defined Interconnect (SDI) system.

The SDI system is part of the Verizon Business Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) strategy.

Faster activation

Verizon Business claims that network services will be activated faster for customers, with lower access costs and more networking options.

“Organizations are seeking more agile ways of working from anywhere on any device,” said said Massimo Peselli, Senior VP of Global Enterprise at Verizon Business.

New systems are emerging that were built on 5G, such as real-time data analytics and Artificial Intelligence, better security and Augment and Virtual Reality.

Enterprises won’t get them to work without a flexible, programmable, scalable and reliable platform that delivers network services in a much more resilient and cloud-centric way, according to Peselli.

“This SDI expansion provides our customers with the agility to meet their needs as they migrate to the cloud,” he said. 

Networks must be consistent

Verizon and Equinix have worked together since the launch of SDI in 2019. The service initially included same day provisioning of Private IP to Equinix’s colocation environments.

It will now support Ethernet E-Line and E-LAN wide area networks. Verizon now promises network performances of up to 10 Gbps in tandem with Equinix Fabric, which grants the global connectivity to Verizon’s MPLS and private Ethernet services.

“Network delivery needs to be globally consistent, in order to create digital advantage,” said Bill Long, Senior Vice President, Core Product Management, Equinix.