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Versa SD-WAN Integrates with Microsoft Virtual WAN

Versa Networks today announced a partnership to integrate its software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) with Microsoft's Azure Virtual WAN to improve branch connectivity.

Microsoft this summer announced a public preview of Microsoft Azure Virtual WAN, which lets organizations connect their branch networks to the Azure cloud with SD-WAN and Virtual Private Network (VPN) devices, enjoying automatic connectivity and configuration management.

The company announced partnerships with multiple SDN vendors for the initial preview and promised more to come, with Versa Networks being the latest.

The pact will let organizations use the Versa Secure SD-WAN -- part of the company's Versa Secure Cloud IP Platform -- as the on-premises branch solution, connecting to the closest of Azure's 130 edge sites or Points of Presence (PoPs).

"This service provides optimized fast path routing between on-premises, virtual appliances and Azure hosted workloads with secure connectivity using automated IPsec tunnels," Versa said. "Enterprises can now leverage and utilize a Microsoft-powered backbone for optimized and secure connectivity across a virtual WAN."

That enables dynamic and secure branch-to-branch and secure branch-to-Azure connectivity, with SD-WAN application-aware intelligent traffic being routed across the cloud backbone.

Versa said the simplification of configuration and the management of services helps organizations:

  • Create logical Site and VPN Connections between Site VPN Gateways in Azure
  • Automate the downloading of IPSec Configuration from Azure required for a Versa Branch CPE
  • Automate the establishment of Secure IPSec Connectivity by applying the downloaded IPSec VPN Configuration to a Versa CPE

More details on technical underpinnings of the new joint solution can be found here.

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David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.

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