The new features will allow Versa’s enterprise and service provider customers to further virtualize their branch locations and WANs. Versa’s Cloud IP Platform is primarily used to create a software-defined branch.
In Versa’s Cloud IP Platform, “cloud” means the functions are cloud-native, and “IP” means that it covers functionalities in Layer 3 through 7, said Kelly Ahuja, president and CEO at Versa.
“We’re not just an SD-WAN company. All of those capabilities are combined into a single piece of software that you can install in multiple places and can connect all of those with a hybrid support infrastructure. And because we have the context and analytics that we do, you can have a policy-driven environment,” Ahuja said.
Specifically, the platform now has a built-in hypervisor that allows for third-party virtual network functions (VNFs) and services. Security services from companies like Fortinet, Avaya, and Riverbed also can be integrated into the platform.
The platform runs on standard x86 hardware. By using white box partners, Versa was able to embed an Ethernet switch, WiFi, and an LTE adaptor into the box. These embedded functions can be managed as if they were standalone services and offered to enterprises with branch offices.
The Cloud IP Platform also has enhanced malware protection to protect against known and zero-day threats. Initially, it performs an on-premises scan and then a cloud look-up if the threat hasn’t already been identified.
Versa has recently made a push toward addressing more service provider customers, and security has been a key component in helping it do that, said Mark Weiner, CMO at Versa.
“SD-WAN can make things more complex as a standalone offering if you don’t have security or other functions built-in,” Weiner said.