Virtual Edge Automated Application Delivery & vApps

Virtual Edge Automated Application Delivery & vApps
Netsocket’s Virtual Edge solution now delivers cloud-based, Automated Application Delivery (AAD) of a wide range of open-source and commercially available virtualized applications. 

Virtual Edge is capable of automated service creation, delivery, management and orchestration of qualified third party applications called vApps, which significantly broadens the service catalogue that MSPs can offer their customers.  All applications, both networking and non-networking, are hosted on the Virtual Edge’s MicroCloud Server, a commodity x86 platform. 

Through advanced orchestration of the hypervisor environment, Virtual Edge has achieved a level of application delivery automation not yet seen in the industry today.  The AAD capability supplements Virtual Edge’s virtual networking capability to provide a holistic platform for extending an impactful, high-ARPU, profitable managed services catalogue to the MSP’s customers. In fact, service providers can increase their revenue per user easily by a factor of 4 times the revenue achieved through managed virtual networking alone.  This is achieved because of the complete automation of the process of application deployment, the lower costs of virtualized applications that run on the MicroCloud Server, and the high value that managed services command from business users.

vApps for Virtual Edge

Netsocket’s initial manifest of virtualized applications, or vApps, includes a broad set of open source and commercial applications. This set of vApps is expanding rapidly through Netsocket’s Virtual Technology Partner Program.

Automated Application Delivery (AAD) Value Proposition to MSPs:

  • Higher average revenue per user (ARPU) - through broader, more agile service portfolio
  • Higher service profitability – through 10:1 lifecycle opex savings and >3:1 capex savings and reduced site appliance bloat.   Capex savings increases dramatically as additional virtualized applications are deployed on the same MicroCloud Server.
  • Increased closing rates – by starting managed service trial in minutes with no appliance cost or truck rolls
  • Expanded geographical footprint - Virtual Edge allows an MSP to extend their geographical footprint beyond the reach of their truck fleet, yielding much more responsive service through centralized service desk operations.

Automated Application Delivery Ease of Use
With a legacy networking approach, services are constrained by the capability of the customized hardware, and new services must be deployed on new appliances, with the associated wiring and manual configuration that has come to be expected at the enterprise edge.   Automated Application Delivery from Netsocket provides for all services to be deployed via the cloud onto one common extensible MicroCloud Server.

Virtual Edge, A Platform for Managed Services Extensibility and Agility
How easy can it be?   The service desk personnel for Virtual Edge simply chooses an application for the remote site using the vNetCommander cloud-based management system.  vNetCommander creates the virtual machine application “container”, and then installs, configures and wires the application in minutes with zero touch by the end user or the service provider.  Applications can be pre-installed or downloaded later at any time.   Virtual Edge remains loosely coupled to the 3rd party applications, providing a portal to the application’s native configuration tools for any advanced configuration requirements.

Summary
The Automated Application Delivery capability of Netsocket’s Virtual Edge solution allows a Managed Service Provider to profitably deliver a broad, high-ARPU set of managed services to its customer base. The Virtual Edge vApps that serve as the core of these managed services broaden an MSPs service catalogue, significantly improve ARPU and dramatically increase the profitability of those services through cloud-based automation.
Commercial application vendors can learn more about qualifying their virtualized app by visiting our Netsocket Virtual Partner Program for Technology Partners here.

 

 

For more information on Virtual Edge for SMBs, visit the Virtual Edge for SMBs page.

For information on how Netsocket Virtual Network can benefit service providers, visit the Virtual Edge for Service Providers page.

Making the Business Case for Distributed Enterprises

Netsocket’s Virtual Edge delivers on the promise of SDN and NFV with a network solution that can address the needs of today’s dynamic business applications with a virtualized infrastructure that provides end-to-end visibility and centralized remediation for the entire network, transforming it into an asset that is responsive to the needs of the business. Deployed on commodity x86 servers, Virtual Edge interconnects enterprise branches in just a few minutes, with no networking expertise required at the site. Its switching and routing components are automatically deployed and provisioned to each branch office using the centralized, intuitive web-based GUI designed to handle automated deployment, installation, configuration and orchestration of virtualized networks all from a centralized console.

The immediate benefits of virtual distributed network for your remote sites using Virtual Edge over a legacy routed network are substantial and compelling:

  • Low cost, secure, reliable Edge connectivity for remote sites at a fraction of the cost of traditional solutions (10:1 operational savings)
  • Future-proof extensible remote platform – Deploy cutting-edge services and scale sites with no service interruption
  • Automation of service deployment (site activation, software installation & initial provisioning) enables rapid moves, adds & changes
  • Centralized management and orchestration gives single-pane-of-glass to entire distributed network

The Netsocket Virtual Edge implementation is the most cost effective, flexible approach available for distributed enterprise networks. Virtual Edge centralizes and automates enterprise-wide network management workflows through its cloud-based lifecycle management application that provides authenticated access through a browser.

Virtual Edge eliminates the need for expensive, special-purpose router hardware. All networking functions including routing, L2/L3 switching, firewall and tunnels are completely virtualized, allowing them to be hosted on commodity X86 MicroCloud servers at each site. These servers may be used to host other site-virtualized applications such as LTE backup, Wi-Fi, session border controller, voice services, and more. Whether the enterprise network is managed by internal staff or through a trusted Managed Service Provider (MSP), the Netsocket approach drastically reduces total cost of ownership, delivering a 10:1 reduction in operational costs over legacy edge network solutions.

MicroCloud servers running NVN’s virtualized components are distributed at each enterprise branch or location. A single controller (vFlowController) is installed at the data center while the data plane component, (vFlowSwitch) is hosted at each site.   The controller plus the many site virtual switches work together to behave as a single highly distributed router, and is managed as such through a single pane of glass cloud-based management system.

Ironclad inter-site security and privacy is provided through a set of fully-meshed encrypted tunnels between sites as well as stateful firewall access control lists (ACLs). End-to-end QoS is enabled through policing, priority queuing and rate limiting. Interoperability with legacy router components through routing protocols (OSPF/BGP/static/default) allows an at-your-pace, site-to-site infrastructure migration schedule. A full range of edge routing and LAN features including network address translation (NAT), port forwarding and network access control (NAC) are available. All of these features and capabilities are tailored to enterprise campus and remote branch office requirements.

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