Verizon and Riverbed Technology have devised an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect Bundle solution, responding to the enterprises’ need for hybrid cloud architectures.
Enterprise customers can use this hybrid solution to connect their branch offices and data centers to AWS environments through managed, secure and optimized network services.
The AWS Direct Connect Bundle solution, which was debuted at this week’s AWS re:Invent 2016 event, combines Riverbed’s SteelHead WAN optimization solution, Verizon’s Secure Cloud Interconnect and Virtual Network Services solutions, and AWS Direct Connect solution into a single offering.
This partnership and others have been driven by the emerging cloud-first strategy trend. As more enterprises adopt a cloud-first strategy, businesses with multiple locations ranging from headquarters to branch offices need to ensure that all of their employees have secure, fast, consistent network access, regardless of their location or if they are using a fixed or wireless device.
The transition to the cloud has driven more enterprises to leverage the capacity and cost economics of broadband internet that complements MPLS-based networks. WAN optimization, according to a recent IDC study, is an increasingly critical element in migrating to a hybrid architecture.
Verizon’s Virtual Network Services (VNS) and Secure Cloud Interconnect solution allow enterprise customers to leverage universal customer premises equipment to provide managed connectivity to their employees over a secure, efficient high-performance network.
Implemented as a virtual network function within Verizon’s VNS and Secure Cloud Interconnect environments, Riverbed’s SteelHead WAN optimization accelerates cloud application performance, addressing both bandwidth and latency issues. SteelHead accelerates access for users from virtually any location and accelerates cloud migration.
Being able to offer new service bundles that address the hybrid cloud opportunity with partners like Riverbed makes sense for Verizon, particularly as it looks to turn the revenue ship in its enterprise business.
During the third quarter the service provider reported that Global Enterprise revenues declined 3.4% year over year to $2.89 billion from $2.98 in the same period a year ago.