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Riverbed/Versa SD-WAN Pact Targets Large Enterprises

Riverbed and Versa Networks, two players in the burgeoning software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) arena, have entered into a partnership that targets large enterprise penetration.

Riverbed is known for its SteelConnect SD-WAN offering, while Versa provides a variety of SD-WAN, SD-Security and other next-gen networking offerings alongside its Secure Cloud IP architecture that integrates cloud, networking and security services.

Riverbed said the pact will add a new SD-WAN solution -- coming in the second half of this year -- to it portfolio along with SteelConnect, leveraging the Secure Cloud IP software platform.

The new solution will expand Riverbed's reach and ability to address larger and more complex enterprise SD-WAN deployments, the company said, allowing it "to more fully go after our large enterprise installed base."

A Versa statement emphasized the large-enterprise targeting: “Versa is teaming up with Riverbed to leverage the organization’s global reach into large enterprise, industry-leading support and services, and expertise and leadership in digital performance, which will drive greater opportunities for Versa and a strong offering for enterprise customers.”

Both companies have been active in the next-gen, software-defined networking (SDN) space, where SD-WAN initiatives have taken the lead in enterprise penetration. For example, just last month, Riverbed updated its SD-WAN offerings and announced a cloud-based SaaS Accelerator, targeting Software-as-a-Service apps such as O365, Salesforce, ServiceNow and Box.

Versa, active in industry partnerships, has also emphasized cloud products, recently targeting AWS with SD-WAN solutions and earlier this year unveiling Versa Titan, a cloud-managed SD-WAN branch/security solution offered to simplify the complexity associated with enterprise WAN transformations.

Looking forward, Riverbed said, "The new SD-WAN solution will deliver high scalability, a full stack of enterprise and carrier-grade routing and advanced network security capabilities, which complement Riverbed’s powerful SD-WAN, application acceleration and digital experience management solutions, providing a complete family of offerings to meet the needs of all organizations -- from the mid-market to the world’s largest enterprises."

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