Versa Networks added to Verizon’s SDN ecosystem

22 August 2017 | Jason McGee-Abe


Versa Networks, an innovative vendor in the SD-WAN and SD-Security market, has today announced that it has been added to Verizon’s software-defined networking (SDN) platform for its new Software-Defined Secure Branch (SD-Branch) managed service.

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The Verizon offering includes software-based networking, cloud-based end-user management and virtualised security services for protecting and simplifying branch network architectures. The SD-Branch offering uses carrier-grade Versa’s FlexVNF software, which combines network and security capabilities to provide a full suite of Layer 3 to Layer 7 IP services that are built on a cloud-native, multi-tenant software platform.  

“Verizon has been an early and aggressive innovator in software-defining their network, as well as their customers’ networks,” said Kelly Ahuja, CEO of Versa Networks.

“Verizon saw the wider set of challenges that businesses were having across branch offices, and has designed a comprehensive service to virtualise, software-define, manage and secure the full branch.”

Verizon has incorporated the Versa solution into its virtual network services offering that allows customers to reduce complexity and control costs by virtualising multiple components of a branch office. These include public and private network connectivity management, wireless connectivity, multi-site network support, application based quality of service and multi-layered security.

Shawn Hakl, vice president of business networking and security solutions at Verizon, added: “Businesses are adopting digital technologies as mainstream elements of their go to market strategy. Software-defining the branch office and WAN provides them with a flexible networking platform to accelerate cloud and digital migration while reducing IT complexity and controlling costs.”

Versa’s solutions enable service providers and large enterprises to transform the WAN and branch networks to achieve unprecedented business advantages.

Verizon SD-Branch allows businesses to gain multiple benefits, including:

• Better cloud user experience: integrated application and path intelligence for improved cloud access

• Simplified branch office networking: reduced complexity 

• Simpler internet security: maintain security at the branch with less equipment

• Low operational cost and time: centralised control and automated provisioning