Globe first telco to roll out network virtualization platform in PH

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Telco Globe Telecom, through its enterprise arm Globe Business, made history by becoming the first telco in the country to launch its own network virtualization platform.

By using Globe’s Network Function Virtualization Orchestrator or NFVO, enterprises in the Philippines can now set up their Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) requirements virtually, accompanied by cybersecurity and communications applications.

An SD-WAN is a Wide Area Network architecture created virtually so that companies can use any combination of services like Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS), Long-Term Evolution (LTE) and broadband internet services so that their users can securely connect to applications.

“Before NFVO came to fruition, companies were required to install multiple hardware to get their network running seamlessly. With the limitations caused by COVID-19 and the ever-rising demand for internet connectivity, it became apparent that virtualization would be the next step to revolutionize networks,” shared Peter Maquera, Senior Vice President for Globe Business, in a statement released to Frontpageph.com.

“NFVO provides businesses with stable, reliable, and scalable networks by replacing physical appliances, such as routers, firewalls, IP PBX systems, and load balancers, with virtual ones,” Maquera adds.

These virtualized network functions include SD-WAN capabilities and Virtual Firewalls (vFW). SD-WAN allows businesses to use any existing connectivity and deploy their own virtual private network to any location. vFW, on the other hand, provides companies with the ability to grant or block traffic and protect private networks against threats.

NFVO makes it possible for businesses to connect to cloud resources; enhance and automate branch connectivity; manage and control incoming and outgoing network traffic; enable routing, firewall security, and virtual private network connectivity; and get subscription-based and cost-efficient business telephony services hosted in Globe data centers.

“Aside from the security, real-time network visibility, and control that NFVO gives, the platform also equips businesses with a competitive edge through speed and agility,” added Maquera. “A physical network setup usually takes more than a month. With Globe’s scalable solution, service-level agreements are cut down to mere hours, if they already have existing connectivity in place, leading to more cost savings and no interruptions to services since everything’s virtual.”

Globe Business’ NFVO forms part of the telco’s plans to strengthen its digital transformation journey, from connectivity, cybersecurity, and to Cloud. Through a single network solution, Globe aims to empower enterprises to benefit from multiple virtualized features and functions provided by trusted global vendors. With it, businesses across industries can expand their operations and further contribute to the country’s economic recovery.

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