Launching and deploying new services to enterprise customers can prove a significant challenge. If you have an inflexible network infrastructure, you’ll incur higher CapEx and OpEx costs to physically install and provision services on customer premises equipment (CPE) in each customer location. Plus, when a customer wants to change a service or add capacity, you need to go on-site again to reconfigure, update, or swap out the device.
From a customer’s perspective, any change requires them to schedule time and wait for the service to be turned on, causing delays and revenue loss for their business. That can lead to lost revenues and lower customer satisfaction for you, as well.
Virtual customer premises equipment (CPE) helps you take advantage of common network functions virtualization (NFV) infrastructures for services deployed in the cloud and in the network. With NFV, where multiple core network functions are offered, virtual CPE lets you adopt a cloud model. And a cloud model enables you to share a common pool of resources and dynamically allocate physical compute and network resources to virtual network functions (VNFs). You can deploy individual instances of VNFs and offer them as on-premises services at the customer’s locale.
Enterprise customers can spin up or spin down instances of network functions or order new services that can be dynamically provisioned in a single location or multiple global locations. If you set up a self-service web portal, customers can order and provision services on their own. Self-service allows you and enterprises alike to move from the complexities, costs, and long delivery cycles associated with deploying physical devices to a cloud-centric, automated, and agile model of on-demand service delivery.
All F5 VNFs can be deployed as a service, including load balancing as a service (LBaaS), firewall as a service (FWaaS), and DNS as a service (DNSaaS). By taking advantage of virtual CPE, you’ll achieve faster deployments in the network, faster recognition, higher revenues from service monetization, and a higher return on investment (ROI).