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Versa Review

Founded by network industry veterans, Versa Networks is an innovative vendor in the SD-WAN and SDSecurity market. Versa’s solutions enable service providers and large enterprises to transform the WAN and branch networks to achieve unprecedented business advantages. Versa’s carrier-grade NFV software provides unmatched agility, cost savings, and flexibility, compared to traditional network hardware. The company is backed by premier venture investors Sequoia, Mayfield, Artis Ventures and Verizon Ventures.

Versa Networks provides a diverse set of software-defined infrastructure for enterprises to address their WAN and branch office challenges. Versa Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) enables enterprises to increase their bandwidth and cloud experience, improve flexibility, and decrease the cost of their legacy WAN all with an application-driven and software-defined overlay solution. Versa enhances SD-WAN with Software-Defined Security (SD-Security) by offering next-generation firewall (NGFW) and unified threat management (UTM) services, securing application and user connectivity across the enterprise WAN, branch, and private/public clouds. Enterprises can combine SD-WAN and SD-Security to transform to a software-defined branch (SD-Branch) and experience the operational, financial and security benefits of a fully software-defined services architecture.

Solution Pros:

  • Versa Software-Defined Security (SD-Security) enables in-depth enterprises defense with a unified policy and security service framework including next-generation firewall, secure web gateway, AV and IPS
  • Versa Director provides essential management, monitoring and orchestration compatibilities from a single pane of glass console
  • Application and user level protection for filtering and security

Top Features Include:

  • Versa Analytics is a big data solution that provides real-time and historical visibility baselining, correlation, prediction and closed-loop feedback.
  • Cloud-native and multi-tenant services platform with native IP networking and security services consolidation
  • Optimize traffic steering for 2,700+ applications and improve cloud and SaaS user experience with app-driven policies

Overall

Versa Networks provide three main components in their SD-WAN solutions. The Versa Director provides all the essential management, monitoring, and orchestration capabilities from a single pane. It provides life-cycle management and CRUD operations, multi-organization support, centralized application policies, and the ability to integrate with 3rd party Orchestration, SDN and Management tools. Versa Analytics provides policy driven data logging, real-time history traffic usage and anomaly detection, reporting, and integration with monitoring tools. Lastly, Versa FlexVNF provides the broadest of functions including advanced routing, CGNAT, NGFW, UTM, zero-touch provisioning, end to end segmentation and encryption, and integration with 3rd party network or security services.

Architecture Type
On-premise, Cloud-based
Deployment Options
White-box appliance, VM, Public/Private Cloud
Security & WAN Optimization
Next-gen Firewall, AV, IPsec, VPN, secured gateway, 3rd party WAN optimization
Pricing Models
Annual subscription; varies by packages
Best for Network Size
Small to medium