Not all SD-WAN products were designed for managed services
Enterprises are increasingly looking for cost-effective and simpler alternatives to WAN connectivity and sprawling branch networks. Software-defined WANs (SD-WAN) are an evolving solution that addresses many enterprise requirements around WAN costs, simplified operations and improved application performance.
For service providers building SD-WAN offerings, however, the majority of managed service operational and cost challenges can still exist — the need to deploy proprietary hardware/software at both the branch office and head-end for every end customer, as well as the lack of capability or simple integration with critical security functions like firewalls and secure web gateways.
Versa SD-WAN: designed for agile and efficient managed services
Versa’s VNF-based SD-WAN solution allows service providers to deliver a comprehensive, cost-effective managed SD-WAN service that includes advanced connectivity and security functions.
Based on Versa networking and security VNFs, coupled with commodity hardware, the Versa SD-WAN solution includes key managed service capabilities such as multi-tenancy, multi-service, elasticity and zero-touch provisioning. Multi-tenancy, both at the data center/cloud and branch site, improves service agility when provisioning new customers, as well as significantly lowers capital and operating costs. Multi-service capabilities and service chaining ensure that providers can include critical security functions like next-generation firewall and secure web gateway in their managed service and have them automatically integrate with other networking functions.
The Versa managed SD-WAN solution has built-in service chaining to easily integrate with existing third party network and security functions in the branch office, further accelerating deployment time and agility.
Operational costs are minimized through zero-touch provisioning and centralized management, which together eliminate truck rolls and greatly simplify ongoing operations.
The result is incremental revenue, much better differentiation and less price sensitivity than connectivity-only service offerings.