Versa Networks released a cloud-managed SD-WAN branch and security service designed for managed service providers and mid-market enterprises. Alongside the Versa Titan offering, it released Versa Cloud Services Gateway, a series of appliances that provide security and SD-WAN.
In conversation at MWC Barcelona, Versa CEO Kelly Ahuja said that the company is focused on solving the problems of enterprise networks. “The whole architecture of what they have to do is [to] evolve and change and that’s the problem we solve for them. Giving them the tools and abilities to simplify the network, scale the deployment to what they need to, and ease their operation and at a much lower cost.”
At that time, Ahuja also noted that when Versa was founded in 2012, it placed two strategic bets: “One was that security was going to be needed for this site-to-site and site-to-cloud construct as you connect that site directly to the internet; the second part is we actually bet on going to market with service providers, and that’s starting to actually pay off.”
Versa Titan leverages both of these bets by providing SD-WAN and software-defined management tools for visibility into security flaws and vulnerabilities, application behavior, network performance, and bandwidth utilization.
Versa has always prided itself on offering better visibility to its enterprise customers, Ahuja explained. “Having that visibility and control is what enterprises need. And to get that visibility and control today requires even more stack of appliances. That intelligence is contextual, which most SD-WAN vendors don’t do. It’s policy-based, it’s full visibility, it could talk about users, devices, traffic type, etc.”
Versa’s “traditional” SD-WAN software is a full software stack that includes routing, SD-WAN, and security that can be deployed anywhere.
With this new Titan service, Versa is still providing the full stack, but by delivering it as a managed and cloud-based offering it’s more accessible. Which means that it meets the need for mid-market enterprises without sufficient internal IT resources and removes the barriers of integration by decreasing the complexity, cost, and footprint of legacy networking services.
Additional features include improved bandwidth utilization, reliability, and efficiency through multi-link WAN load balancing; improved flexibility and wireless access reliability leveraging LTE and Wi-Fi; robust network threat and vulnerability detection; application prioritization; and business edge protection using advanced security and malware protection.
Enterprises will have access to Versa’s full cloud IP suite of services through a single user portal with integrated support to centrally manage enterprise WANs and branch offices. Customers can also access the portal via mobile application for activation and management.
Titan will be offered to Versa’s managed service provider customers (the company counted more than 80 in February, according to Ahuja), value-added resellers, and systems integrators.