Versa Networks, the recognised secure access service edge (SASE) leader, is no stranger to recognition for its technology by Gartner. “After being chosen as a Leader in the 2020 Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure, then receiving the highest product score for the Large Global WAN Use Case’s Magic Quadrant for its Versa Networks (VOS) in 2021, Versa has again been acknowledged by Gartner. This is a great accolade and one that confirms our decision to align ourselves with leading suppliers of technology that benefits our customer base,” says Andre Kannemeyer, CTO at Duxbury Networking, local distributors of Versa technology.

Gartner, the leading provider of research and analysis on the global information technology industry, has recognised Versa as a Leader in the 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for SD-WAN1 report. This marks the third consecutive year in which Versa has been recognised as a Leader in this category, as the report was previously titled the Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure2 where Versa was positioned as a Leader the previous two years.

According to Gartner, “I&O leaders responsible for networking are selecting products to connect branches and remote workers to applications and other enterprise locations. They should select software-defined WAN and, increasingly, secure access service edge to connect enterprise sites to cloud workloads securely...By 2025, 50% of new software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) purchases will be part of a single vendor secure access service edge (SASE) offering, which is a major increase from 10% in 2022.”1

The 2022 Magic Quadrant for SD-WAN report evaluated 14 different vendors on several critical criteria and positioned Versa in the Leaders Quadrant. Versa was recognised for its Ability to Execute and Completeness of Vision in the Gartner Magic Quadrant.

“We believe Versa Networks’ placement in the Gartner Leaders Quadrant validates our strategy and strong execution and continued traction,” says Kelly Ahuja, CEO with Versa Networks. “More than 10 years ago, our founders Apurva and Kumar Mehta made the strategic decision to integrate security and networking.


“Today, we offer the broadest and most capable solution in this market for both networking and security, and we have the most complete and comprehensive product strategy to align with current and future customer requirements. We believe that our AIOps capabilities like Verbo, a natural language processing (NLP) based chatbot, and Versa Advanced Network Insights (VANI), an AI/ML-based network and security anomaly detection and prediction solution, deliver self-management/self-healing secure network and automate operations.”

Gartner also stated: “There is a trend to more autonomous and self-driving networks in which AI/ML technologies can be leveraged to make networking decisions without or with limited human intervention. The objective is to make networking easier for configuration and deployment with a focus more on Day 2 operations for end users, reduce operating expenditures (opex), increase speed/agility and improve uptime/performance…Select SD-WAN vendors that can improve Day 2 operations with network automation and AI networking capabilities. As differentiation between features/capabilities reduces, organisations should look at how to optimise supporting the network to improve uptime, performance and efficiency.”1

According to Gartner, “We expect to see more single-vendor, integrated SASE solutions incorporating the SSE and SD-WAN branch components. This will simplify sourcing and offer a tighter technical integration, ultimately offering a better user experience…Implement a SASE architecture for branch office and remote worker secure connectivity to cloud workloads.” 1

Versa’s unified SASE (of which Versa SD-WAN is one of the offerings) delivers best-of-breed functions that tightly integrate and deliver services via the cloud, on-premises, or as a blended combination of both via VOS™ with a Single-Pass Parallel Processing architecture and managed through a single pane of glass. Versa delivers SASE services such as Secure SD-WAN, Next-Generation Firewall, Next-Generation Firewall as a Service, Secure Web Gateway (SWG), Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA), Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), Data Loss Prevention (DLP), Remote Browser Isolation (RBI), and User and Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA). Versa’s unified SASE goes above and beyond management console automation integration, by providing the ability to integrate networks, points of presence, policy definitions, application definitions, agent logic, and data lakes.

Note 1 – Gartner, Inc. “Magic Quadrant for SD-WAN,” by Jonathan Forest, Naresh Singh, Andrew Lerner, Karen Brown on 12 September 2022.

Note 2 – Gartner, Inc. “Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure,” by Jonathan Forest, Naresh Singh, Andrew Lerner, Evan Zeng, on 20 September 2021.

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