Masergy serves up software-based router, firewall capabilities, furthers NFV vision

Masergy is offering Virtual f(n), a virtualized network function platform that will enable its business customers to add routing and firewall capabilities via software and forgo the need to purchase network appliances and the associated management requirements.

Underlying this service is the implementation of network functions virtualization (NFV) on Masergy's network.

Business customers can purchase Virtual f(n) today online through Masergy's Intelligent Service Control (ISC) portal. After logging into the portal, customers can enter their requirements and then Masergy will immediately configure and deploy network functions to their desired locations.   

Masergy said that software-based routers from Brocade and Fortinet firewalls are currently available. It plans to release other services, including including session border controllers and WAN accelerators, upon certification.

The service provider has been an active participant on the software-based services movement. In March, Masergy began offering its Network as a Service (NaaS) self-service option.

As an extension of Masergy's software-defined networking (SDN) platform, the NaaS with self-service allows customers to connect their branch offices and remote locations with the service provider's virtual private network.

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