Deliver and control your network functions centrally

Virtual Network Functions allow you greater efficiency and flexibility.

Overview

You need to deploy network functions, such as firewalls or acceleration, but shipping hardware to every site you need is time-consuming, difficult and expensive.

And once on site, you need to install and maintain the hardware, which only adds to the cost and need for local technical resource.

What if you could implement a simple, flexible and agile solution that delivers quick deployment from anywhere? Virtual network functions (VNFs) allow you to deploy from a central portal to an edge device. And because they’re virtualised, they’re maintained, updated and supported centrally.

This new “as-a-service” approach to network functions offers huge savings and also opens up new approaches to commercials. So, virtualised functions can be deployed as short-term fixes, as well as long-term solutions.

You get the control through our managed solution, and you have a choice of industry standard VNFs and the ability to use VNFs which are important to your organisation.

This approach won’t make financial sense in every situation, but where it does, we can help you design and build the solution that’s best for you.

 

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The time and cost of shipping, installing and maintaining network hardware are huge, so the virtualisation of these services is a revolutionary change for networks. Our Connect Services Platform lets you virtualise your own functions and add to leading solutions, such as Checkpoint, InfoVista and Riverbed. These are deployed on your edge device (our Connect Edge portfolio), and you can choose from a range of Cisco ENCS for your different site types.

You can have a solution which is a simple evolution of your existing Cisco estate, where you can create your own sandbox of VNFs and you can take advantage of our expertise and trials to make sure your solution is a success.

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This fully managed, secure solution is delivered using our experience in large scale deployment and application management.

We offer best-of-breed reporting and analytics to improve your SD-WAN visibility and control.   

Our managed solution is a great choice as you migrate towards a software-enabled service. It lets you:

  • see your whole network online
  • better route your important applications
  • stay secure with an encrypted network
  • use orchestration to integrate your other services more easily
  • scale your network as it becomes more complex.

And, if needed, our dedicated specialist team can also do the configuration and maintenance of your SD-WAN service in-life.

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Agile Connect is our unique SD-WAN solution. It’s ideal for branch solutions, offering fast, simple site set-up, easy control and our added security wrap.

Because it’s an SD-WAN, you can meet additional bandwidth demand and improve the performance of your priority applications.

It’s unique to us because it’s built on, and integrated into, our global network, plus it’s controlled through our portal - the same portal you can use to control your wider network services. It comes already built with regional gateways, hub connectivity, and added security including against cyber attacks. You can control the service yourself, or we can control it for you, and our service wrap will make sure you have a successful solution.

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As a digital business, your network needs the right technology to enable it to be flexible, secure and agile.

You also need to integrate the old with the new, all while controlling spend. We can help you achieve this.

First we define your desired business outcomes and uncover the true state of your IT infrastructure to make informed decisions, based on fact.

We can then help you understand the benefits of a future networking strategy so that together we create a vision for the future and a transformation roadmap.

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We can cover your software defined network architecture with a fully managed service and consistent security policy so you give the best user experience while maximising efficiency, your connectivity and your cloud use.

We provide a DC-LAN refresh and interconnect with DyNS plus seamless, private and secure connectivity to public cloud through the landing zone and our private cloud with DC-LAN BT Cloud. We can also provide DyNS and a DC Cloud (Nuage) with private and secure connectivity to public cloud through the same landing zone. You can work across multiple clouds with a single view and get end-to-end visibility and control with our CMS service management platform.

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Diamond IP is our IP address management (IPAM) solution which streamlines management of your entire IPv4 and IPv6 address lifecycle across your premises, branch remote, private and public cloud domains. We offer software, hardware and virtual appliance (private and public) products, as well as managed IPAM services.

We facilitate multi-cloud IPAM with virtual appliances for AWS, Azure, Oracle VM, VMware, Hyper-V and others. And our cloud automation appliance dynamically automates the assignment and tracking of private and public cloud instance IP addresses and DNS names. Our DNS security products supplement your defense in depth security strategy at the DNS layer.

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