Versa Networks: Secure Cloud IP Platform for Visibility, Control, and Resilience

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Kelly Ahuja, CEO
The evolution of multi-cloud and hybrid-cloud infrastructures has led to organizations reconstructing their corporate network architecture, in order to ensure greater visibility, control, and resilience of corporate ecosystems. Emphasizing the significance of flexibility with wide area networks (WANs) for such corporate ecosystems, Kelly Ahuja, CEO of Versa Networks—a company that specializes in SD-WAN branch networks—shares a noteworthy analogy that sheds light on the company’s proficiency in addressing challenges pertaining to corporate networks.

One of Versa’s clients had an interesting situation at hand when an employee was listening to music on a laptop through the Spotify application. As the laptop was connected to the internet through a corporate Virtual Private Network (VPN), Spotify streaming accounted for a significant portion of the bandwidth shared across the corporate ecosystem. The client could not mitigate the excessive data traffic across the allotted bandwidth, as they did not have adequate visibility or control over the applications that accessed the internet through the corporate VPN. With Versa’s solution in place, the client established a policy that allowed employees to use applications such as Spotify within acceptable use and bandwidth allocation policies, so that business critical apps would maintain bandwidth utilization priority. The policy ensured that the primary bandwidth paths remained unaffected by applications—that are not part of the corporate ecosystem— accessing the internet. A solution such as this allows Versa’s clients to monitor and regulate corporate networks effectively and safeguard them against infringements such as phishing and malware breaches that often occur due to third-party applications.

Versa’s unique value proposition lies in its secure-cloud IP platform that empowers organizations to attain business transformation by optimizing Software Defined Networks (SDNs). “We are on a mission to consolidate proprietary command line-based manual operations in hardware and streamline all of those operations and functionalities through software,” explains Ahuja.
The company’s SDN solutions enable clients to reap the benefits of Versa’s unified software suite that simplifies and automates various organizational processes, which would otherwise be achieved through multiple physical or virtual appliances. These benefits have earned the company a well-deserved recognition among its clientele—comprising over 65 service providers and 600 enterprises worldwide—as one of the go-to-solution providers in the SDN landscape.

Built on its Secure Cloud IP architecture, a next-generation software platform integrating security and networking services, Versa’s solutions allow organizations to orchestrate, visualize, and obtain analytics impacting their corporate network. This enables the elimination of redundant appliances such as legacy routers, WAN optimization devices, security hardware peripherals, and LTE backups through a single piece of software that checks all the boxes. Versa’s solution can be deployed at remote offices, data centers, public or private clouds along with WAN transports such as Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), broadband, or LTE channels for diversity and better network uptime. The solution has a built-in intelligence module to necessitate policies and prioritize tasks in accordance with the organizational requirements, which allow the network to run without external assistance.

Versa’s portfolio aids organizations that have multiple offices at different locations in gaining better transparency into the applications accessing the corporate servers. Adobe, one of Versa’s prominent clients, has deployed the company’s SDN solutions across their global network for corporate communications. The company’s SD-WAN routing and security functions helped Adobe work toward their vision of building an optimized network infrastructure to achieve performance milestones, deliver application-specific Service Level Agreements (SLAs), and accomplish organizational objectives. Its engagement with Adobe substantiates how Versa’s portfolio can be tailored to fit various go-to-market strategies of clients, through either a customized on-premise model or a do-it-yourself model for enterprises.

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Versa Networks Teams up with Advantech for Large-scale SD-WAN deployments

In order to better serve large enterprises with lower cost white box hardware, Advantech announced on Tuesday that it made a new addition to its portfolio of appliances qualified by Versa Networks.

Advantech's FWA-5070, a verified Intel Select Solution for universal customer premises (uCPE), is now supported by Versa FlexVNF for large-scale SD-WAN deployments. The solution targets large enterprise and cloud gateway installations at the SD-WAN provider’s point-of-presence (PoP) where higher bandwidth and aggregate throughput are required to connect to the major cloud application providers.

Advantech said its FWA-5070 has raw data throughput capabilities of up to 220 Gbps—throughput is use-case and traffic dependent—and features eight to 28 physical processor cores and specialized security, encryption and compression algorithms using Intel QuickAssist Technology.

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It provides the compute headroom that's needed to improve the performance and reliability of networked cloud applications while enabling increased packet processing in network function service chains including security functions such as next-generation firewalls. Increased security capabilities have been a major trend this year for the larger SD-WAN vendors and their firewall partners.

The broad choice of network interfaces available on the FWA-5070 makes it ideal for multi-circuit internet service provider load-balancing and failover while the higher processor core counts enable accelerated deep packet inspection (DPI) and real-time traffic shaping across interfaces for better overall WAN application performance.

“The long-term collaboration between Advantech, Versa Networks, and a vibrant ecosystem of VNF vendors has enabled service providers and integrators across the globe with the means by which to redefine the enterprise WAN landscape,” said Sandy Chen, senior director of Advantech Cloud-IoT Group, in a statement. “The ability to scale up seamlessly from customer premise to cloud native instances running on a single codebase is key to deploying a flexible and elastic network.”

In addition to the FWA-5070, VERSA FlexVNF is supported on Advantech FWA-1010VC, FWA-1012VC, FWA-1320, FWA-2320, FWA-3260 and FWA-5020 white boxes for wide-scale deployment.

“Our new high-end offering for SD-WAN responds to growing service provider requests for modular integrated solutions that scale in step with the latest Intel CPU technology to meet ever increasing processing and throughput demands.” said Versa Networks' Atchison Frazer, head of marketing, in a statement. “By extending our high-end with the new Versa-1800 based on Advantech’s FWA-5070 we are able to exceed over 20 Gbps SD-WAN and NGFW throughput with all encrypted traffic, using IMIX packet distribution. This far exceeds performance numbers over previous generation offerings.”

Versa Networks has deployed its SD-WAN solutions with CenturyLink, Comcast Business and China Telecom, among others.

Versa Networks

San Jose, CA

Kelly Ahuja, CEO

Versa enables simplicity, speed, and agility for the digital era by transforming how the enterprises build, deploy, and operate WANs and secure branch connectivity services. The software-based networking and security Cloud IP runs on x86 servers or white box appliances, combined with management, orchestration, and analytics. Its broad set of integrated, advanced networking and security services deliver SD-WAN (Software-Defined WAN) and Software-Defined Security (SD-Security) in the co-location, data center, and cloud. Using Versa’s solution, enterprises see up to 80% lower WAN, branch infrastructure and circuit costs, and up to 50% savings over traditional WAN scenarios due to lower-cost Internet circuits, zero-touch deployments, and automation