CenturyLink has selected Nuage Networks’ technology as it looks to offer NFV-based services to its enterprise customers.

The US-based operator will add Nuage’s networking functionality to its software-enabled platform dedicated to the provision of services to businesses.

CenturyLink, which was one of the first providers to use NFV to deploy firewalls and content distribution networks, said it expects to begin deploying a range of virtualised data and voice infrastructure services in the coming months.

Alcatel-Lucent backed Nuage is providing its Virtualised Services Platform (VSP) overlay as part of the deal.

The vendor said the VSP unifies virtualised services with VPN, co-location and cloud services to create a single entity that enables services to be made available wherever the user is.

CenturyLink CTO Aamir Hussain commented: “CenturyLink is transforming its network to offer businesses quick delivery of reliable and automated services, and is pushing those services where they are most needed – at the edge of our network.

“This fundamental architectural shift will enable dynamic delivery of scalable services for customers and provide even more differentiated services in the future.”

Last week, Nuage and Telefónica Business Solutions said they had successfully completed a proof-of-concept based on service chaining of virtualised network functions in a multi-vendor SDN environment.

Nuage said service chaining helps to overcome the “time-intensive” and “error-prone” task of provisioning network and application services.

The PoC means the Spain-based operator can offer its enterprise customers automated, value-added services together with the optimal WAN service depending on needs for bandwidth, control, cost and quality of service, according to the two companies.

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