Versa announced a service expansion today and we’re going to explain what it means to you and your customers.
The SDN capabilities now extend past SD-WAN to include something called SD-Branch – loosely defined as the ability to virtualize and software-define the entire branch and WAN.
What does that mean?
Traditionally we know that WANs are used to connect branch locations. We also know that a WAN’s responsibilities have outgrown the technology used to create them – branch offices today need to not only connect to each other – they also need to connect to a variety of cloud applications and services – salesforce, Office 365, etc.
Some Key Stats
- 2/3 of Enterprises manage more than 6 Physical network & security devices at each branch location
- More than 50% of companies state that managing network and security devices at branch locations is the most challenging aspect of managing their WANs
SD-WAN provides hybrid WAN capabilities and reduces bandwidth costs. It does not solve the complexities and challenges of the entire WAN at each branch. With this new expansion of services, the branch can continue to expand into digital services, application, and cloud adoption while simultaneously reducing network complexities, interdependencies and branch sprawl.
Versa expansion includes the following services:
- Ability to host third-party virtual network functions (VNFs) – providing a smooth migration to SD-WAN while simplifying lifecycle management and maintaining existing functions at the branch
- Integrated Wi-Fi and Ethernet switching software support for reduced infrastructure sprawl and simplified single-pane management
- Embedded LTE for reduced clutter and more resilient deployments
- Multi-vector malware security to protect against both known and zero-day threats, performing an on-premises scan initially and then a cloud lookup if the reference isn’t already captured on the local platform
What this means for your customers:
- Combined network and security capabilities to provide a full suite of Layer 3 to Layer 7 IP services that are built on a cloud-native, multi-tenant software platform
- Increased # of deployment scenarios by integrating Ethernet switching, Wi-Fi & LTE
- Hosting third-party VNFs with integrated service chaining makes it easier to deploy in environments where enterprises want to maintain some of the functions provided by other vendors