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FlexWare Solution Gets Improved Capabilities from AT&T;

October 05, 2016

A flexible network infrastructure lets organizations adapt to existing conditions, as well as future demands without the delay and cost of legacy systems. While in the past any change to the infrastructure meant adding new hardware, today it can be accomplished almost instantly with on demand platforms service providers are offering. The AT&T FlexWare solution is one of the services making this possible, and the company just announced it has improved the flexibility and increased network control of this platform.

The company said FlexWare will have a new device option and functionalities for expanding global availability through its AT&T Network on Demand platform. What this means for businesses is there will be able to set up multiple virtual network functions (VNFs) on a single FlexWare device and deploy them in multiple countries around the world and manage these functions through an easy to use online web portal.

The simplicity and flexibility of the solution gives businesses of any size access to a global presence with two new devices, a small and large versions that run two and up to four VNF applications respectively. The modular platform of FlexWare also allows businesses to address different needs by mixing and matching devices and applications while at the same time being able to refresh their technical cycles by adding other virtualized functions on the same device as needed.

"AT&T FlexWare offers businesses flexible networking options. One size fits all doesn't allow businesses to compete. Our software-centric ecosystem allows businesses to start with one set of network functions and add as they go. We're empowering businesses to control and change their services to match their needs across the world," said Roman Pacewicz, senior vice president, Offer Management and Service Integration, AT&T Business Solutions.

This global expansion is part of AT&T's plant to deliver uniform networking infrastructure experience in more than 150 countries and territories by providing best-of-breed technology and services with propriety solutions as well as collaborating with other vendors. The addition of Palo Alto Networks' next-generation security platform to its catalog is an example of this collaboration.

The AT&T Network Functions on Demand is now available in the Americas, Asia-Pacific region and EMEA with more than 1,700 businesses across multiple industries having signed up for the service. Using software defined technology, this platform gives businesses a secure and scalable network built to speed ordering, simplify network operations and improve total cost of ownership by creating flexible services that can grow as the needs of each organization changes.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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