Versa Networks Announces Major EMEA Channel Expansion

Leading Network Integrators Interdata (France), Xantaro (Germany & UK), Ymon (Finland) and Axians (UK) Embracing the Transition from Proprietary Hardware Systems to Network Function Virtualization (NFV)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – March 8 2016 – Versa Networks, a networking and security startup providing next-generation WAN and branch solutions for service providers and enterprises, today announced a major channel expansion taking place across Europe.

To help service providers and large enterprises deploy software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) and security (SD-Security), and virtual customer premises equipment (vCPE), Versa has partnered with leading network integrators in France (Interdata), Germany (Xantaro), Finland (Ymon), and the UK (Axians) – all of whom have embraced the opportunity transition customers from proprietary hardware systems to the new world of network function virtualization (NFV) running on commodity hardware.

“In Europe, service providers embracing NFV are also adopting SD-WAN to increase their addressable markets and revenue streams,” said Hector Avalos, vice president EMEA strategy & business development, Versa Networks. “Both enterprises and providers are utilizing SD-WAN to append their MPLS networks, integrate advanced security and VPN services and deliver network visibility. Versa partners will be able to leverage this major market trend and deliver turnkey SD-WAN, SD-Security and vCPE, as well as training, support, consulting and professional services.”

“Service providers and large enterprises are increasingly seeing the value of moving from a hardware-based to a software-based architecture for many of their networks and offerings,” said Gerold Arheilger, CTO, Xantaro. “As a result, they are embracing network function virtualization, which began here in Europe, to redesign their networks. Xantaro has the expertise and resources to leverage innovative NFV technologies and best-of-breed vendors like Versa Networks to bring the benefits of software-based networking and security to our customers across Europe.”

“Axians has seen interest in SD-WAN grow significantly across our customer base over the last year,” said Richard Groome, Sales Director of Axians UK. “Given our ongoing focus on innovation in networking and security, we have partnered with Versa Networks for SD-WAN to bring their unique software-based solution to the UK market.”

“SD-WAN is becoming a key project for major customers in Finland, and Versa Network’s ability to seamlessly layer software-defined security (SD-security) onto SD-WAN is a real differentiator and needed capability,” said Jarkko Salomäki , CTO at Ymon.

“We believe that NFV and SD-WAN are now a reality and will redesign the landscape of networking infrastructures in the coming years,” said Jean Marc Odet, managing director of Interdata. “Thus, we have decided to invest; and we have chosen to do so with Versa Networks because of its innovative solution that integrates all services into one software platform, and then simplifies the deployment of centrally automated delivery. We also believe that Versa Networks can create a real disruption in the market because of its pure NFV approach, and we want to be among the first to participate in this revolution.”

About Versa FlexVNF

Versa FlexVNF allows service providers and large enterprises to transform the WAN and branch network to achieve unprecedented business advantages. Versa’s software-based approach provides unmatched agility, cost savings and flexibility vs. traditional network hardware. For service providers, Versa FlexVNF enables next-generation managed services for virtual customer premises equipment (vCPE), managed software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) and managed security. For enterprises, the software provides carrier-grade solutions for SD-WAN and branch security projects.

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

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