Verizon Business is giving its enterprise customer base another option for managed WAN services by adding Juniper Networks' (NYSE: JNPR) SRX service gateways to its service set.
Previously offered over Cisco platforms, Verizon (NYSE: VZ) says the addition of Juniper's SRX will enable it to provide its multinational business and government agencies another option that's integrated with managed service security support.
"While in the U.S., we do support a number of hardware vendors, this is the first time we're going to expand our global service to support a second vendor with full development and integration of that platform into our infrastructure," said Danellie Young, Director, Networking Solutions, Verizon. "This means all of our network management design tools we provide to our account teams and our technical specialists in the field, all of the provisioning processes so we can fully support the SRX suite from Juniper."
By certifying Juniper Networks' SRX router series with its global portfolio of managed WAN services and integrated security services enables Verizon to design, procure, install, service and manage Juniper's routers in the 142 countries it services. In addition, Juniper's SRX routers have been fully integrated into Verizon's managed network design tools, provisioning processes and network management systems including the company's innovative IMPACT system, which provides proactive monitoring and identification, fault isolation, and resolution and performance reporting.
Although IP and Ethernet is the future, the near-term reality is that it's not everywhere. With that in mind, the SRX platforms can support both next-gen IP/Ethernet as well as traditional legacy protocols such as TDM and various flavors of DSL-attributes that will key for Verizon as they expand further into international countries where they don't have network facilities everywhere.
For enterprise customers that choose to outsource their network and security processes to Verizon, they can retain more of their focus on their core business processes, while leveraging one device that can provide security and network management.
While Verizon has been offering managed WAN services for a number of years with Cisco, Young said value is not just about the core technology they offer, but rather how they work with each customer.
"One of the things over the years we have been able to refine from a managed WAN perspective is being able to have that consultative relationship with the customer so we can offer our expertise and being able to determine what the requirements are and create and design the right solution for our customers," Young said. "The tools that we offer to our sales team will now include the feature set from Juniper's SRX family."
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