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Our vision for NFV/SDN/SD-WAN services

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Our vision for network services

We are already deploying NFV/SDN/SD-WAN services, but these are just the start, we have much more to come in 2016 and beyond.

Network Function Virtualisation (NFV), Software Defined Networks (SDN), Software Defined Wide Area Networks (SD-WAN). The labels for these emerging technologies can be confusing. Put simply, we’re using software, rather than hardware, to reposition, reinvent and renew the network. In a nutshell, virtual is here and the future network is going to be nothing like what has come before.

Our vision is to deliver you more control over a network which is more adaptable, more flexible and with lower hardware costs. We will enable you to deploy both network and software services in minutes, no matter where you are. We will offer the best elements of your existing network services and combine it with the benefits of a truly cloud based intelligent solution.

This is more than a vision, these services are a reality today for BT customers with a range of options already delivering benefits. These  include cloud acceleration and security, our Connect Intelligence IWAN service and the use of SDN in the delivery of BT Compute services and our Apps store.

Our Connect Intelligence IWAN service can deliver a network solution which offers greater application visibility, traffic balancing, WAN optimization and the ability to easily offload traffic onto the internet.

You can trust us to guide you through the landscape of virtualised network services with a clear and simple roadmap. Why? Because we’ve been involved since the beginning. We led the research and helped develop policies and standards as a founding member of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute. We’ve tested vendor equipment, run proof of concepts for our customers, completed trials, and now we’re launching new services. Nobody knows better than BT the need to plan for the future, while building for today. So we’re continuing to invest heavily in R&D to create a new era of networks.

These services need a platform to be built upon. To maximize the benefits you need a global network, with a broad range of private and public network options. You need the ability to deploy hybrid networks with cloud connectivity including direct connectivity to 3rd party providers. You need to have access to a wide range of services beyond the network including voice, data centre and contact centre services. We believe we are the only providers who can offer this complete solution.

Our roadmap

We are investing in delivering the services of the future.

We are investing heavily in delivering these new services, but this isnt new we have been focused on this for years not months. This means that we are already delivering on our vision.

We have already delivered cloud acceleration and security services. We utilise SDN services within our Compute and Apps offering. We are running pilots with our customers and the leading vendors. And we have launched our Connect Intelligence IWAN service. But we have much more we are going to deliver.

We have grouped these in 5 key areas:

Cloud Connect Services – We will launch new 3rd party cloud providers and locations, we will offer faster provisioning of cloud providers and enable configuration or order changes on My Account.

SD-WAN – We will launch an alternate SD-WAN service to Cisco, utilizing a low cost SD-WAN supplier and we will enable customer site configuration for SD-WANs and cloud services on SD-WANs.

Connect Intelligence IWAN – We will Offer IWAN services within the cloud, control of IWAN from My Account and performance based routing on IWAN.

vCPE On clients sites – We will offer the option of deploying non Cisco virtualised services on Cisco devices or an alternate low cost device.

Service – We will offer real time flexing or scheduled flexing of port speeds.

Talk to your BT account team if you want to find  out how these developments can help your organisation.

The independent view

We listen to the views of our customers and independent analyst views.

To understand the issues facing our customers and determine the focus areas for our investment in the future of networks, we speak to our customers and speak to independent analysts.

Nav Chander is a Research Manager for telecom business services and associated carrier network infrastructure within IDC’s Worldwide Telecom Division. He provides an independent view of what is driving change in the market and what are the latest developments which will meet the needs of a future network solution.

We feel the investments BT is making meet those market needs, now and in the future, as set out by Nav in the video below:

Transforming Enterprise WAN Communications in a Digital & Cloud Connect World

Nav Chander is a Research Manager for telecom business services and associated carrier network infrastructure within IDC’s Worldwide Telecom Division. In this video Nav highlights the benefits and importance of NFV, SDN and SD-WAN's in a future network solution.

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In the resources section below, we have a supporting document from IDC which answers some of the key questions facing our customers:

To what extent are organizations using public and private cloud services for hosting business applications and workloads (e.g. O365, salesforce.com, etc.), and which cloud providers will organisations move to in the next 12 months?

  1. Are organizations leveraging more of the internet and broadband communications for some of their branch office WAN communications requirements, and why?
  2. What type of hybrid network connectivity choices should organizations consider to support existing enterprise hosted premises-based applications and cloud hosted applications that connect to external cloud service providers' platforms?
  3. What types of organisations are considering and would benefit from moving to SD-WAN and SDN/NFV- based solutions, and which sites would they be focused on (e.g. HQ, branches)?