Axians and Versa SD-WAN partnership supports Zen in digitally transforming UK Enterprises
The partnership between Versa Networks, innovator of the Secure Cloud IP Platform, and Axians, the pan-European provider of ICT solutions and services, has resulted in a major UK customer signing in the form of technology service provider Zen Internet. Zen is taking advantage of the partnership between Versa and Axians, which is dedicated to assisting service providers and enterprises with the development of software-defined WAN and security services.
Leveraging the Versa visionary WAN edge infrastructure, Axians is offering technical integration and operations support for Zen as it further develops its offerings for the UK SD-WAN market. The support of Axians has already been key in enabling Zen to take Versa-powered SD-WAN solutions to market.
“The skills and capabilities that we have in our team allows our customers to focus primarily on their strategic business goals,” said Chris Gilmour, CTO of Axians. “For Zen, we consulted on the development of a software defined networking solution including head-end and analytics, professional services to support in the build of the platform and uCPE technology for lab and end-customer use. Our partnership continues as we support Zen on their go-to-market strategy.”
Versa’s SD-WAN solution combines full multi-tenancy, multiple deployment options, zero-touch provisioning and multi-cloud extensibility to enable solution providers to create high value NFV-based managed service offerings. As a result, enterprise customers are able to leverage these new capabilities to better manage their WAN costs while simplifying operations, enhancing network resiliency and improving application performance. Additional benefits also include resilient connectivity and critical security functions like next-generation firewall and secure web gateway that automatically integrate with other networking functions.
“Our customers’ WAN requirements are becoming increasingly sophisticated,” said James Albiges, General Manager – Networks & Communications, of Zen. “Many have international locations, others are looking for visibility and control at the application level, and all are looking for a flexible, fully-managed or co-managed WAN solution. By working together with Axians, we have been able to leverage their logistics capabilities and their expertise in software-defined networking. We can now provide an agile, cost-effective solution that incorporates sophisticated analytics and SLA management, as well as dynamic application and connectivity management, all supported by the expertise and support we are known for.”
Versa Networks is expanding its reach in Europe in part by helping large enterprises and service providers augment their existing MPLS investment and embrace VNF SD-WAN. It was through this expansion that Versa partnered with Axians in the UK to bring its unique software-based solution to market.
“We forged a relationship with Axians, to accelerate adoption of our innovative technology for enterprise customers,” said Atchison Frazer, CMO, Versa Networks. “Axians works well with Versa because they understand the whole Versa software stack and not just the SD-WAN overlay. Our mutual success in working with Zen is a testament to that chemistry, in that the Versa relationship with Axians is not only a technology partnership, but also a catalyst for digital transformation growth in the UK and across Europe.”
Zen has many years’ experience selling WAN connectivity to UK enterprises, largely based on tried and trusted MPLS technology, alongside its cloud and voice solutions. With a presence in over 400 locations across the UK, customers benefit from Zen’s ability to provide the most appropriate connectivity to each site, whether Ethernet, Broadband or 4G Wireless Broadband, backed by award-winning customer service.
Axians supports its customers – private-sector companies, public-sector entities, operators and service providers – in their infrastructures and digital solutions development.
To this end, Axians offers a comprehensive range of ICT solutions and services spanning business applications and data analytics, enterprise networks and digital workspaces, datacentres and cloud services, telecommunications infrastructure and cybersecurity. Axians’ specialised consulting, design, integration and service teams develop bespoke solutions that transform technology into added values.
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About Versa Networks
Versa Networks is the innovator of Secure Cloud IP architecture, a next-generation software platform that delivers integrated cloud, networking and security services. Versa’s visionary solution, with an unrivalled depth of features and capabilities, enables enterprises to transition off legacy WANs to achieve business agility, branch modernization, and TCO advantages toward their digital transformation journeys. The company has transacted over 150,000 software licenses through service providers, partners and enterprises globally. Versa Networks is privately held and funded by Sequoia Capital, Mayfield, Artis Ventures, Verizon Ventures, Comcast Ventures, and Liberty Global Ventures.
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