Versa Networks Validates FlexVNF Solution for Virtualized CPE (vCPE) with EMC Technology

Addressing Service Provider Requirements for Agile and Cost-Effective Managed Services with “vCPE in a Box” Solution

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – February 2, 2016 – Versa Networks, a networking and security company providing next-generation WAN and branch solutions for service providers and enterprises, today announced it has worked with EMC to validate a solution for creating agile managed network and security services using virtualized network functions (VNF) and x86-based open hardware.

Versa has tested and validated the interoperability of its FlexVNF™ software on EMC’s Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure® (NFVi) platform to create an integrated “vCPE in a box” solution for deploying virtualized network and security functions in service provider points of presence (PoP) or data centers. Deploying Versa FlexVNF on EMC’s NFVi architecture stack enables service providers to create a wide range of managed services that combine low-cost virtualized customer premises equipment (vCPE) with advanced network and security services in the telco cloud. Commonly called vCPE services, these next-generation managed service offerings benefit both service providers and their end customers through faster service agility/provisioning, up to 80% lower CPE cost, and the ability to provide smaller customers (e.g. small to medium businesses, or SMB) with near enterprise-level technology and security.

The offer leveraging Versa and EMC products supports a variety of Virtual Infrastructure Management choices, including VMware VIO with NSX and ESX, and Red Hat OpenStack Platform (OSP) with OpenStack Open vSwitch (OVS) and KVM. Hardware abstraction and orchestration is provided by EMC’s NFVi Manager software and high-performance storage is provided through EMC ScaleIO. VNFs are provided by Versa FlexVNF software and include a wide range of networking and advanced security functions including routing, VPN, CGNAT, next-gen firewall, URL filtering, AV/IPS and more with integrated service chaining.

Versa with EMC vCPE is highly efficient and cost effective for service providers because it provides multi-tenancy across all its services, coupled with the ability to easily add VNFs by provisioning additional virtual machines (VMs). Each Versa VNF supports up to 250 end-customer organizations – greatly reducing head-end capex for providers versus having to deploy individual aggregation devices for each end customer.

Service providers can benefit from Versa Flex VNF with EMC through increased service agility, reduced capital costs, and increased market opportunity. Providers can increase the agility of their managed services through significantly faster deployment times – often in hours vs. months – due to the zero-touch provisioning of Versa FlexVNF on EMC’s NFVi stack. Capital costs can be reduced up to 80% versus proprietary networking and security hardware appliances. Providers can also increase their market opportunity through creating richer services and higher revenue streams while still providing an affordable service for SMB customers.

“EMC has decades of experience helping global corporations build, scale and operate mission critical infrastructure as well as helping communications service providers build high-margin offers,” said David Hudson, General Manager of Telecom Modernization at EMC Corporation. “By working with innovative VNF vendors like Versa Networks to validate their solutions on EMC’s NFVi solution architecture stack, we are bringing that expertise to bear to make NFV a reality for more service providers and network operators.”

“We continue to hear from our provider customers and prospects that they want to decouple networking and security software from hardware, and realize the benefits of network function virtualization (NFV),” said Mark Weiner, CMO of Versa Networks. “Just like server and storage virtualization has dramatically improved the cost and agility of data center resources, NFV is bringing the same value proposition to carriers and their managed service offerings. We are aligned with EMC to bring the benefits of NFV innovation to provider customers globally.”

Versa Networks and EMC will be exhibiting at several major industry conferences in 2016, including Mobile World Congress, the mobile industry’s premiere event, February 22-25 in Barcelona, Spain. Demonstrations of Versa FlexVNF will be available on EMC’s NFVi stack at Hall 3, Stand 3K10.

Availability
Versa VNF solutions are available now. More information can be found here: www.versa-networks.com/products

To request a demo, please visit the Versa Networks at www.versa-networks.com/demo

About Versa Networks
Founded by network industry veterans, Versa Networks is an innovative vendor in the NFV and virtualized network functions (VNF) market. Versa solutions enable service providers and large enterprises to transform the WAN and branch networks to achieve unprecedented business advantages. Versa’s carrier-grade VNF software provides unmatched agility, cost savings and flexibility vs. traditional network hardware. The company is backed by premier venture investors Sequoia, Mayfield and Verizon Ventures. For more information visit http://www.versa-networks.com.

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