Versa Customers Colt and Tata Communications Stake a Claim in Innovation, Placing as Finalists in This Year’s Leading Lights Awards

On Monday, May 15, the telecommunications community will gather at Brazos Hall in Austin, Texas for the 13th annual Leading Lights awards — the telecom industry’s most credible and authoritative awards program. The event will honor companies across 25+ categories for their commitment to innovation, business acumen and diversity in the communications industry.

Because we have a strong commitment to our customers and their success, we are very proud that Colt and Tata Communications were announced as finalists in the Most Innovative SDN/SD-WAN Deployment Strategy (Network/Data Center Operator) category. Colt, an on-demand network and communications provider, leverages Versa’s SD-WAN platform for its SD-WAN service, providing its customers an agile and secure data network with guaranteed quality of service. Tata Communications also placed as a finalist in the Most Innovative SDN/SD-WAN Deployment Strategy (Network/Data Center Operator) category. It leverages Versa’s SD-WAN and SD-Security software in 20 cloud gateways delivering global SD-WAN reach. Tata tapped Versa as a key element of its SD-WAN strategy, enabling its customers to achieve their digital and cloud transformation globally.

In addition, Versa Networks has been nominated as a finalist in the Most Innovative NFV Product Strategy (Vendor) category for its unique NFV- and software-based approach to WAN and branch networking/security for service providers and enterprises. This strategy leverages the core NFV principal of virtualized network functions (VNF) and disrupts how service providers develop and operate managed network services.

Versa’s NFV-based solution addresses the cost and complexity of building and operating a WAN and branch network using traditional network and security hardware devices. Providing unmatched agility, cost savings and flexibility, it runs on commodity hardware and leverages NFV principals providing elasticity, service chaining and programmability. Its NFV innovation is truly system-level, converting traditional network hardware infrastructure (i.e., routing/security/SD-WAN products) to software-based functions. This approach allows providers to more efficiently build and operate managed networks at a national or global scale — increasing profitably and agility. Lastly, Versa’s NFV-based solution enables a broad set of use cases and deployment scenarios such as managed SD WAN, managed SD-Security and virtualized CPE (i.e. head-end based functions). These services can also replace the physical branch router if desired, increasing margins and reducing complexity.

We are excited to see who wins during the Leading Lights dinner on May 15, 2017, and wish our customers the best of luck!