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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 [email protected].

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

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).

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