RAD and Versa Networks Joint NFV Solution Offers Lower Cost, Greater Agility

By Rory Lidstone March 07, 2016

Versa Networks and RAD have entered into a new partnership that promises to greatly simplify the way service providers and managed services providers (MSPs) offer innovative VPN services to their customers. The two companies plan to accomplish this with a joint solution that facilitates software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) implementations that leverage vCPE, creating an agile, automated infrastructure for managed VPN services with quality assurance, security and deep network visibility.

While Versa Networks mainly provides networking and security solutions that are focused on WAN and branch solutions for service providers and enterprises, the company is no stranger to SDN. In fact, the company’s virtualized network function (VNF) software was recently validated for EMC NFVI interoperability.

"Our strategic partnership and joint solution with RAD exemplifies how providers can deploy SD-WAN and vCPE to deliver best-in-class managed VPN and security services with integrated network and security visibility and analytics," said Hector Avalos, vice president of Strategy and Business Development at Versa Networks. "What's more, it's simple to deploy and operate, which reduces total cost of ownership and increases profits."

The joint solution from RAD and Versa enables advanced hybrid WAN deployment over multiple networks with local internet breakout and layered security functionality, along with application-aware load balancing and traffic engineering with SLA assurance. Put simply, the implementation enables faster rollouts, improved performance and lower costs compared to traditional appliance-based approaches.

The solution leverages RAD’s ETX-2i, a vCPE platform for the customer edge, integrating a powerful IP and carrier Ethernet NID/NTU with a field pluggable x86 NFV module that runs Versa's FlexVNF software with SD-WAN functionality. Versa FlexVNF is in fact stored in the repository of the RADview Orchestrator and is invoked on demand using standard OpenStack tools. Throughout, control and management of FlexVNF is handled by Versa Director in the provider cloud.

"The joint solution facilitates effective SD-WAN as well as flexible Hybrid Access deployments by enhancing existing NFV-enabled L2/L3 CPEs without expensive truck roll upgrades or sending new equipment to the customer site," noted Ulik Broida, vice president of Marketing and Business Development at RAD. "It broadens SD-WAN implementation options and makes the case for network function virtualization at the customer site even stronger."

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Contributing Writer

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