Versa Networks Selected as Finalist for RSA Conference Innovation Sandbox Contest 2016

Versa Recognized for Innovation in Virtualizing Network Security to Address the Primary Challenges of Service Providers and Large Enterprises in Delivering Robust Security for Branch Offices

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – February 3, 2016 – Versa Networks, a networking and security startup providing next-generation WAN and branch solutions for service providers and enterprises, today announced that is has been named one of 10 finalists for RSA® Conference Innovation Sandbox Contest 2016 for its innovative work in leveraging Network Function Virtualization (NFV) to address the increasing challenges that service providers and large enterprises face in delivering robust security for branch office sites. On Monday, February 29, 2016, Versa Networks will have the opportunity to showcase its innovative information security technology to the Innovation Sandbox Contest panel of judges for a chance to be named “RSAC Most Innovative Startup 2016.”

Innovation Sandbox Contest promotes new approaches to information security technology, provides advice and counsel for entrepreneurs, and exposes the RSA Conference community to venture capitalists, industry experts, senior level business practitioners and thought leaders.

“It’s no secret that past winners of this honor have become successful additions to the information security industry, and there’s no doubt this year’s crop of finalists will produce another hit,” said Sandra Toms, vice president and curator for RSA Conferences. “This event gives startups the kind of visibility and validation that can easily turn into high growth and increased funding, which we expect to continue with this year’s top 10.”

About Versa VNF Portfolio

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 security and network hardware. For service providers, Versa FlexVNF enables next-generation managed services for branch security, virtual customer premises equipment (vCPE), and managed software-defined WAN (SD-WAN). For enterprises, the software provides carrier-grade solutions for SD-WAN and branch security projects.

Versa Director is a platform that simplifies the creation, automation and delivery of security and network services using Versa FlexVNF software. The platform provides the essential management and orchestration capabilities needed to deliver Versa VNF-based network and security services for a variety of use cases, including branch security, virtual CPE (vCPE) and SD-WAN. Security and network functions managed by Versa Director range from basic connectivity to branch security to SD-WANs with layered security.

Versa Analytics is a real-time big data solution purpose-built for Versa FlexVNFs and the managed services and enterprise WANs they are deployed in. The software provides visibility and control, base lining, correlation, prediction and a feedback loop into all Versa VNFs. Additionally, Versa Analytics provides real-time and historical search and can generate reports on usage patterns, trends, security events and alerts. It analyzes the vast amounts of historical data sent from Versa VNFs to find and present critical data points, resulting in actionable analytics and reports. Tight native integration with Versa VNFs ensures optimized storage, search results and system performance.

“The amount of data breaches we’re seeing at the branch level is alarming,” said Kumar Mehta, CEO and Co-Founder of Versa Networks. “We believe the Versa offering, based on virtualized security functions, gives service providers and enterprises the ability to deliver highly flexible and layered security solutions with key capabilities like next-generation firewall, secure web gateway and unified threat management to better protect branch offices from today’s advanced threats.”

“RSAC Most Innovative Startup 2016” will be determined at the conclusion of Innovation Sandbox Contest after each finalist gives a short presentation to a panel of judges that includes Asheem Chandna, partner at Greylock Partners; Gerhard Eschelbeck, vice president of security and privacy engineering at Google; Renee Guttman, chief information security officer for Royal Caribbean International; Patrick Heim, head of trust and security at DropBox; and Paul Kocher, president and chief scientist of cryptography research division at Rambus.

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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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