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Your Right to Never Visit a Branch Again

The SD-WAN Bill of Rights talks about your right to never visit a branch office again. Depending on the size of your organization, budget, and operational preference etc there are various ways to exercise this right:

Option 1: Leave it to someone else

Last month, Verizon announced a new SD-WAN service that includes Cisco Intelligent WAN as a managed service offering. For customers, this means you get the best of both worlds. Verizon’s expertise in managing your network combined with the advantages of Cisco Intelligent WAN. Shawn Hakl, vice president of enterprise networking and innovation at Verizon speaks in this video about the two companies’ partnership.

“Verizon as a trusted service provider and Cisco as a trusted technology provider, together we give the customer the confidence to move forward and enjoy the benefits of the technology.”

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – September 11, 2015


Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco Partner Ecosystem news and stories, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way. Here’s what you might have missed this week:

Off the Top

Verizon Partners with Cisco to Launch SD-WAN Managed Service

Verizon outlined plans on Tuesday to offer a Managed WAN service based on Cisco’s software-defined infrastructure.  Verizon is the first carrier to do so on Cisco’s platform.

The partnership is a big step in Verizon’s march toward fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless technology.  Cisco’s SVP, Kelly Ahuja, has more on what this means for the future.

As always, let us know what you think of the blog. Feedback from partners, especially around partner programs, is vital for Cisco to keep producing programs that work for all of us.

Good Reads

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Verizon Becomes the First Service Provider To Offer Cisco IWAN

Verizon Becomes the First Service Provider to Offer Cisco IWAN

Today, Verizon announced a new software-defined WAN service, becoming the first global carrier to incorporate Software Defined-WAN as a key component of their managed network service offers. We are excited that Verizon has chosen Cisco Intelligent WAN (IWAN) as the foundation for this new service, which will give Enterprise customers even more flexibility when choosing how to purchase their SD-WAN solution.

Cisco recently published an “SD-WAN Bill of Rights”, a guide designed to help you evaluate SD-WAN solutions as you prepare your WAN for digital transformation. Together, Cisco and Verizon are strengthening your ability to achieve two of these “rights”: The Right to Choose Your WAN Connectivity and The Right to Flexible Deployment Models.

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Cisco EPN Manager Helps Carriers Drive Packet Optimized Transport

TDM transport remains the backbone of service provider networks throughout the world, but technology has matured to the point that we’re finally able to see a path toward truly converged, packet optimized transport networks. This shift puts service providers on a plan to eventually retire their SONET/SDH infrastructure, saving significant space, power, and other operational costs. For end users, it promises bandwidth flexibility and an even easier ability to tap into cloud-based applications.

Of course, such a change won’t happen overnight but will take time to ensure existing customer services aren’t affected in terms of the performance, latency, and availability.

While there has been a lot of talk about the technologies to enable IP and optical convergence — such as timing-over-packet standards and cost-effective circuit emulation — that’s just part of the solution. Just as important are the operational aspects as we converge (or “packetize”) networks, but how are we going to manage them? That’s the reason behind Cisco’s new Evolved Programmable Network Manager software, or EPN Manager for short.

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Verizon Enables Collaboration Around the World

The announcement that Verizon is offering global unified communication cloud service is good news for companies all over the world.

Large organizations tend to be slower to adopt new technology, and the cloud is no exception. Such wariness has its logic: with their scale, a wrong decision implemented across a large organization can be crippling.   However, too much prudence can undermine a company’s competitive position and ability to innovate, risking market share.

A strategy to mitigate this risk includes adopting cloud with a hybrid approach. This methodology enables an organization to keep its mission-critical applications on-premise in its private cloud. At the same time, it thoughtfully expands operations to the public cloud. There’s less risk but all the benefits of embracing new technology.

Multinational companies face a unique set of challenges. For these companies, moving to cloud is so much more than moving applications and data to a service provider’s data center. They need services that can span multiple data centers–preferably from the same provider. Furthermore, these services need to be consistent – and compatible – across borders.

That’s why Verizon’s UCaaS is so exciting. As Anthony Recine, chief marketing officer at Verizon Enterprise Solutions said, the aim of this new service is to provide multinationals with a “globally consistent offering for delivering UC as a service.” Verizon’s deployment of Cisco Powered cloud services enables multinational companies to move to the cloud on a global scale with confidence.

Part of the value of Verizon’s offering is its hybrid capabilities. Companies can choose the services they need at the scale they need them. To be able to achieve this took significant investment from Verizon, not just in technology, but in how the company structures delivery and pricing.

The new global UCaaS service is built on the Cisco Powered Hosted Collaboration Solution. The offering will be integrated with Cisco Collaboration Meeting Room Cloud when available in July to include voice, video and web conferencing. And, Contact Center services with mobility are expected to be added later in 2015.

For more details on Verizon’s new UCaaS offering, see the company’s official release.

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