Verizon taps CENX for NFV-based IP, optical network service assurance

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Verizon has taken the next step in its virtualization plans by implementing an orchestrated real-time analysis engine that aggregates IP and optical network data to provide service assurance for NFV (network functions virtualization) deployments.  

As part of this effort, Verizon has turned to CENX, which will provide the tools that deliver a unified view of the state of physical and virtual components across multiple network systems and data centers.

Service providers like Verizon that operate multiple networks are at a turning point with their NFV deployments. As NFV implementation scales up across networks, operational complexities are rising accordingly.

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By having a singular view from a software provider like CENX simplifies those complexities with views of network inventory, service topology, faults, performance, and usage. This information is then correlated with KPIs to generate end-to-end performance monitoring.

"CENX's service assurance capabilities enable us to manage the inherent complexities that come with virtualization while meeting the high bar we set for service delivery,” said Eric Lia, executive director of network infrastructure planning for Verizon, in a release.

While CENX is the latest vendor Verizon has announced for NFV, it’s just one of many the telco is working with for its virtualization efforts.

Just last week, Verizon Enterprise Solutions said it will use new technologies from Ericsson to improve its virtualized services, including its SD-WAN (software-defined wide area networking) offerings, for example.

Other vendors that Verizon has cited as its virtualization partners include Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks, Nokia, Dell, Big Switch Networks, Red Hat and others.