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AT&T announced its new Network Functions on Demand for businesses, which allows companies to choose from among the following services: Juniper Networks virtual router, Cisco virtual router, Fortinet virtual security and Riverbed virtual WAN accelerator.

“With Network Functions on Demand, businesses can deploy a single universal piece of equipment, choose virtualized functions and deploy them in different countries simultaneously –  a process that typically takes months, take minutes,” AT&T reports in a statement. “By simplifying the process of buying and adding network functions and reducing hardware requirements, businesses can create a simple, more agile network experience. And it’s now available in 76 countries and territories.”

Areas of availability are in the Americas (including the U.S. and Canada), Asia Pac (including South Korea and Australia) and EMEA (including France, Germany and the U.K.)

"Building networks by deploying network functions in software is a major shift in network design," Ralph de la Vega, vice chairman of AT&T and CEO of AT&T Business Solutions and International. "We've broken through traditional, cost-prohibitive barriers. Our software platform delivers a simple, flexible and efficient experience for any business, virtually anywhere and anytime they need it."

AT&T Network Functions on Demand is the third service the company is rolling out on the AT&T Network on Demand platform. It says it will continue to add additional products and features on the platform in the future.

"We can launch, change and manage network functions in our offices around the world quickly and easily," Jon White, GM, IT at Fisher & Paykel Appliances Ltd., observes. "We often talk about simplifying our on-site network infrastructure upgrades and deployments. This solution checks that box.”

 

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