GBI expands Versa Networks partnership in the Middle East

GBI expands Versa Networks partnership in the Middle East

02 June 2021 | Natalie Bannerman

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Gulf Bridge International (GBI) and Versa Networks have extended its long-standing collaboration with GBI joining the Versa ACE Partner Program.

The Versa ACE (Accelerate, Captivate, Engage) Partner Program is an ecosystem of partners that will provide GBI with incremental and formalised sales, pre-sales and technical training that will enable them to build their competencies around secure SD-WAN and SASE.

“We are fully committed to delivering exceptional SD-WAN and SASE products to the Middle East and are excited to be on this journey with Versa Networks,” said Cengiz Oztelcan (pictured), CEO of GBI.

“The nature of business and networks are changing, and digital transformation is no longer the future, it is the now. As such, providers of connectivity and security must evolve so that enterprises have access to best-in-class solutions and services that span on-premises and the cloud, protecting every corner of the decentralised network while providing the flexibility for employees.

Together, GBI’s terrestrial and subsea cable network – delivered via GBI’s Smart Network - provides users with optimal performance across SD-WAN deployments. While Versa SASE with Secure SD-WAN delivers services for enterprises, combining full multi-tenancy, multiple deployment options, zero-touch provisioning and security functions, such as next-generation firewall, secure remote access, and unified threat management services.

“As more businesses adopt a digital-first approach to their operations, and with current network and network security architectures failing to effectively serve the requirements needed for modern enterprises, there is a need for networking capabilities that provide agility, flexibility, quality, and security, in a seamless and cost-effective manner,” said John Atchison, head of global partner marketing at Versa Networks.

“As we continue to support remote workers and a hybrid approach to business, it is the forward-thinking and security conscious enterprises that are turning to GBI seeking a solution to their cloud, networking, and security conundrum. GBI have been an important partner in the Middle East and we are delighted that they are joining our ACE Partner Program.”

In addition, GBI is also confirms the provisioning SASE capabilities. Connecting endpoints to the service edge, SASE provides flexibility and security through offering built-in security features to ensure secure access across the network.