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Versa Networks: A Software-Defined Zero-Touch Branch Network Solution

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

Software-Defined WANs (SD-WANs) have crossed the mainstream threshold — at least when it comes to mindshare. Most enterprise organizations are now looking at various SD-WAN options or approaches as they re-envision their branch strategy for the fast, modern age.

Versa Networks believes that enterprise organizations need to look beyond just SD-WAN and instead have created what they call the Software-Defined Branch — a zero-touch solution that combines all the benefits of SD-WAN with full routing capabilities, advanced and integrated security and even local WiFi support.

Moreover, they have positioned themselves as a software-defined platform for branch operations, enabling them to plug in additional functionality such as voice support or WAN optimization from other providers. By providing complete, out-of-the-box networking and advanced security support (e.g. next-gen firewall, IDS, malware protection), along with the ability to add-on additional functionality, the company believes that they offer organizations the flexibility and adaptability they need during business and digital transformation efforts.

Provided as a software-only appliance or via partners on pre-loaded servers, the company enables enterprise organizations to consolidate all branch operations into a single management platform, deliver zero-touch provisioning of new and existing branches, administer universal branch routing and security policies and enables the organization to dynamically adapt their branch configurations to changing business needs.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at pr@intellyx.com.

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Jason Bloomberg is a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting), and several software and web development positions.