What is the Verizon SD WAN Solution?
Verizon leverages their strong integration with Cisco to provide managed and co-managed SD WAN solutions (see, What is the Verizon managed, co-managed and DIY services solution?), using Cisco Meraki and Cisco Viptela. The solution is split into three sections, physical, virtual and cloud. Physical services allow clients to deploy their network from a single universal customer premises equipment (uCPE) device, such as a router (vEdge Series Routers, ISR1000 Series Routers, ISR4000 Series Routers or ASR1000 Series Router). Virtual services are available for Cisco platforms designed for virtualisation, using Verizon uCPE, Verizon Hosted Network Services (HNS) and Cisco ENCS. Finally, cloud-based services allow clients to connect to private and public cloud services to optimize SaaS applications. This includes Verizon Secure Cloud Interconnect, Cloud OnRamp for SaaS (Office 365, Google, SFDC), Cloud OnRamp for public clouds such as AWS, Azure and Google Cloud.
Despite strong connections with Cisco, Verizon also offers SD WAN from VeloCloud (VMware) and Fortinet. Their global IP backbone offers connection via 32 network-based SD WAN gateways in a wide range of locations worldwide.
Clients can choose to deploy their network via a single universal Customer Premises Equipment (uCPE) device, or from a cloud-based virtual Customer Premises Equipment (vCPE) device, or a combination of both. WAN is available with bandwidth on-demand for Ethernet, MPLS, Internet and cloud connectivity.
Verizon SD WAN solutions are designed to combine public and private networks to automate traffic flow and boost bandwidth. The product is available in three different services packages: Essential, which offers basic WAN routing services; Core, which includes all services from Essential but with more granular features; and Complete, combination of all Core services with added WAN routing features to support critical locations and applications. All products are available as managed services and can support Verizon 5G LTE across SD WAN networks. Verizon offer a SaaS delivery model through HPE Aruba’s Unity EdgeConnect platform to integrate WAN optimization and SD WAN in a single solution.
Configuration-Based Key Features:
- QoS: Uses public and private WAN traffic to prioritize specific applications within a WAN circuit.
- uCPE: SD WAN services can be deployed via uCPE, which has routing, security and WAN optimization capabilities.
- vCPE: SD WAN services can also be deployed via a cloud-based vCPE.
- Vendor Neutral: Clients can choose services from different vendors, tailoring their solution to suit their needs.
- Global IP Backbone: Includes 32 network-based gateways worldwide, offering connectivity to a wide number of locations.
Security-Based Key Features:
- Verizon offer a range of managed security services as well as SASE.
Performance-Based Key Features:
- Network Orchestration: Offered as a managed service, Verizon’s network orchestrator is deployed via a uCPE box. Clients can deploy centralized security services from vendors, through the orchestration manager - this can be done without contacting vendors themselves. Network orchestration is available in three options: Service Automation, which delivers Verizon VNS, adapts services to a clients needs and integrates new network functionality; Service Orchestration, automates deployment and policy management whilst coordinating SD WAN, VNS and session border control; and Service Virtualisation which enables rapid VNF onboarding and testing whilst simplifying infrastructure management.
- WAN Optimization and Application Acceleration: See, Does Verizon offer WAN acceleration and optimization?