Megaport has announced the launch of Megaport Virtual Edge (MVE), an on-demand vendor-neutral Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) service that enables branch-to-cloud connectivity on Megaport’s global Software Defined Network (SDN). With MVE, companies can host network functions such as virtual routers, SD-WAN controllers and future networking technologies directly on Megaport’s global platform to extend their network functions closer to the edge, in real-time and without the need to deploy hardware.
MVE is a globally distributed compute and network service in one. The compute aspect of the service enables customers to host NFV instances in locations where they need them, on-demand and manage them in a point-and-click manner. On the network side, MVE’s built-in transit gateway provides a highly scalable access point for connecting networks via the public internet to Megaport’s private SDN. Virtualised devices hosted on MVE can utilise the transit gateway to create connections between the Megaport SDN and their own networks including branch locations, data centres, and private clouds.
At launch, MVE is available in 11 metros across North America, Asia-Pacific, and Europe with 10 additional locations to be available at the end of April. This allows customers more flexibility to deploy virtual devices near concentrations of users to localise traffic and optimise data termination for performance.
Many businesses have embraced SD-WAN and internet connections as a means of simplifying their IT connectivity. However, dependence on end-to-end internet connections to key services and resources can impact performance, availability, and security. With MVE, customers can host localised virtual SD-WAN controllers on Megaport’s global platform and reduce the distance data traverses over internet paths from branch locations to critical services in public or private clouds and even other branch locations.
Once connected, customers can access Megaport’s leading ecosystem of more than 700 enabled data centres worldwide and over 360 service providers, including 200+ cloud on-ramps from the world’s leading clouds such as Alibaba Cloud, AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud, Oracle Cloud and Salesforce.
Megaport and Cisco have partnered to integrate Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Interconnect with MVE for enterprises that want their SD-WAN controllers to be able to provision on-demand cloud interconnects using Megaport’s SDN. Building a bridge from SD-WAN to Megaport enables software-defined cloud interconnect fabrics with reliable network performance, cost-optimised connectivity, and reduced provisioning time. This provides enterprise IT full control of SD-WAN (overlay fabric) and cloud interconnects (underlay fabric) from the same Cisco SD-WAN controller with the release of vManage 20.5.
Fortune 500 companies with a global presence that use Cisco SD-WAN for consuming multicloud applications can take advantage of Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Interconnect with MVE to enable on-demand provisioning of cloud interconnect with global reach. This capability of the underlay interconnect connectivity, in addition to the SD-WAN overlay, offers unprecedented control and visibility to enterprise IT.
Vincent English, CEO of Megaport, said, “As enterprises and service providers rapidly adopt SD-WAN technology to improve edge network connectivity, the ability for Megaport customers to easily and, in minutes, ‘spin up’ SD-WAN virtual appliances around the world on our platform is a big enabler for global organisations. Having these virtual appliances fully integrated into Megaport’s global Software Defined Network allows customers to optimise their SD-WAN connectivity via a single workflow to improve overall network and application performance at a fraction of the cost of legacy methods.”
As a neutral service, additional leading SD-WAN platforms are currently being integrated with MVE.