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Singtel taps Versa for software-defined branch service

Singtel anchors its managed software-defined branch service with technology from Versa Networks; MegaPath looks to Fortinet to bolster security for its managed SD-WAN service.

Singtel this week introduced a managed software-defined branch service as part of a broader network functions virtualization initiative. 

The Singapore-based service provider underpins its software-defined branch service with Versa Networks' Cloud IP Platform, a software-defined platform that targets branch networks and enables integration with virtual network functions (VNFs).

Singtel software-defined branch service supports multiple VNFs at existing or new branch offices and can be hosted on white boxes, according to a company statement.

"Enterprises can also add new functions, such as unified threat management, to the same hardware without incurring additional installation charges," the statement said.

Singtel released its SD-WAN services in 2015, following up with cloud-based NFV in 2016.

MegaPath secures its managed SD-WAN with Fortinet

MegaPath boosted its managed SD-WAN portfolio with security from Fortinet. The integration, announced last week, adds Fortinet Security Fabric to MegaPath's enterprise SD-WAN services. The Fortinet software segments the network, allows for centralized management and orchestration and automates threat responses.

MegaPath underpins its SD-WAN portfolio with SD-WAN technologies from a pool of different SD-WAN vendors, including VeloCloud. The service provider, based in Pleasanton, Calif., uses a multivendor approach to anchor its customized packages.

FatPipe joins the VNF game

FatPipe Networks earlier this month expanded its SD-WAN portfolio with VNF software supporting a variety of enterprise functions. The VNF platform includes SD-WAN functionality that can be integrated with routing, firewall, security, quality of service and WAN optimization, among other services.

The VNF software can be hosted on FatPipe's own hardware and on NFV hypervisors, including OpenStack, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, according to a company statement. The VNF software is pre-installed on FatPipe's hardware; customers can also roll out third-party VNFs, if desired, the company said.

FatPipe said its features will let enterprises access and deploy more NFV and VNF options, without the complexity that comes with using multiple vendors.

Lanner and 128 Technology move to universal CPE

White box switch vendor Lanner and routing software developer 128 Technology debuted a universal customer premises equipment (uCPE) platform that supports a variety of VNFs and SD-WAN deployments.

The companies made the announcement at the SDN NFV World Congress in The Hague, Netherlands, earlier this month.

Most SD-WAN services run on proprietary boxes installed at a customer's site; Lanner's white box appliance will run 128 Technology's secure vector routing software, which uses session-oriented routing to send IP traffic over predetermined paths. Lanner struck a similar alliance with Versa Networks in 2016, offering customers a white box CPE running Versa's SD-WAN software.

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SD-WAN moves away from stand-alone devices

The software-defined branch concept continues to grow

SD-WAN trends to expect in 2018

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