Versa Networks Brings SD-WAN to the Branch

SD-Branch offering expands the use cases for Software Defined WAN.

By Sean Michael Kerner | Posted May 11, 2017
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Software Defined WAN (Wide Area Network) is a class of technology that has become increasingly popular in the last few years. Versa Networks is now expanding its SD-WAN platform with a new capability that it refers to as SD-Branch.

Kelly Ahuja, CEO of Versa Networks, explained to EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet that SD-Branch is an expansion of the use case and value proposition from software-defining the WAN to software-defining the whole branch.

"Software-Defined Branch is a super-set of Versa’s software-defined solutions portfolio and use cases (SD-WAN, SD-Security) and is the next step evolution in branch and WAN networking," Ahuja said. " It is a combination of enhancements Versa has brought to market in our Versa FlexVNF, Versa Director and Versa Analytics product components."

There are several new element in the SD-Branch including local networking capabilities for Wi-Fi and wired Ethernet as well as hosting of third party IP services, including Virtual Network Functions such as unified communications, WAN optimization and advanced malware protection.

Ahuja said that Versa Networks now software defines more than just the WAN connection. Software defined means that Versa is converting legacy hardware to a centrally managed and contextually policy-based software model.

"This is about software-defining the whole branch, of which the WAN is a subset," Ahuja said. From a deployment perspective, Ahuja said that Versa Networks customers with existing Versa certified white-box appliances that are currently deployed with Versa FlexVNF can leverage these new enhancements with simple software-upgrades.

"Versa is committed to continue our aggressive mission of software-defining more branch services, focus more on aiding IoT and enabling further automation," Ahuja said. "That means making the branch and WAN more agile, responsive and cost effective and not the bottleneck it often is today! Software-defining of the network is far from over."

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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