AT&T and CSC are extending access to the telco’s FlexWare service, its recently rebranded Network Functions on Demand service, to business customers.
CSC said it will offer AT&T FlexWare as part of the "Virtual Edge" service in its next generation offering portfolio.
Leveraging AT&T’s ongoing implementation of SDN, the two companies are going to deploy what they claim is the first systems integrate provided content into the AT&T FlexWare solution for CSC's clients. They are also developing a model to include CSC digital services at the edge of the network, where virtual network functions (VNFs) will reside.
Available through its global Network on Demand platform, AT&T FlexWare lets businesses adapt to their networking needs in near-real time, offering easy management of VNFs from a single device.
AT&T and CSC are hardly strangers as the pair currently serves a wide range of business customers, including the federal government. The telco companies said they will continue to look for other ways combine strengths to deliver innovative solutions. Given the fact that on-demand services are still relatively nascent, CSC customers will be able to try AT&T FlexWare before buying.
Establishing this partnership comes at a key juncture for AT&T and its on-demand service brand. Earlier this week, AT&T announced it would rebrand its Network Functions on Demand service into the FlexWare brand. The company also said it added several new options to the service, including a smaller device and security services from Palo Alto Networks.
FlexWare is a product of AT&T’s investments in SDN and NFV. AT&T has set a goal to virtualize 30 percent of its network this year on its way to virtualizing fully 75 percent of its network by 2020. By moving to SDN and NFV technology, AT&T says it can speed ordering, simplify network operations and improve total cost of ownership.
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