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TMCNet:  CRN Names Versa Networks One of 10 Hot SASE Companies to Watch in 2023

[February 23, 2023]

CRN Names Versa Networks One of 10 Hot SASE Companies to Watch in 2023

Versa Networks, the recognized leader of single-vendor Unified Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), today announced that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Versa one of the industry's 10 Hot SASE Companies to Watch in 2023.

According to CRN, Versa Networks offers a Unified SASE platform that combines the company's "well-known SD-WAN technology" with networking functions, including routing and security. The company recently told CRN that its architecture always emphasized the tight integration between the security and networking elements from the inception. "In recognition of its traction in the SASE market, Versa raised $120 million in new funding in October, to further the development of its platform and accelerate the expansion of the 100-percent channel-focused company as it prepares to go public."

CRN noted that accelerated by the distribution of the workforce in the post-pandemic era and shift to cloud, SASE has attracted huge interest from businesses in recent years thanks to its promise of providing secure remote access to applications. SASE helps boost security, visibility and agility for businesses that need to provide their workforce with secure remote access to applications. In tandem, the number of companies with SASE offerings on the market has surged. Gartner has predicted the market to grow at an average rate of 32% a year to reach nearly $15 billion by 2025. Gartner analysts have also noted that in addition to improving security and compliance, SASE can boost visibility and agility for businesses while also simplifying the management of both security and network services, and providing their workforce with secure remote access to applications. For more information, see

Versa's single-vendor Unified SASE delivers organically developed best-of-breed functions that tightly integrate and deliver services via the cloud, on-premises, or as a blended combination of both, 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, Cloud Network Firewall, Unified Threat Management (UTM) including Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), 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 single-vendor Unified SASE platformgoes 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.

"Versa is recognized throughout the industry and the channel as the single-vendor Unified SASE leader, and being named by CRN as one of the hottest SASE companies delivering to the channel adds to the list of accolades Versa has already received in 2023," said John Atchison, Head of Global Channel Marketing with Versa. "Our growing channel partner ecosystem turns to Versa to offer the best in tightly integrated security and network services for their end-user customers. Based on customer demand, the channel is transforming from offering isolated networking, SD-WAN and security offerings to providing highly integrated services that only SASE can deliver."

Versa sells 100 percent through the channel via the Versa ACE Partner Program, the company's global channel partner program for VARs, SIs, SPs and MSPs. The program expands the ecosystem of highly engaged Versa partners delivering unique customer value through its differentiated Versa SASE and Versa Titan solutions. The program provides formalized sales, pre-sales, and technical training focused on enabling partners to build specialties and become SASE Specialized and/or Titan Specialized. The program offers the industry's first SASE accreditation to its partners. Versa ACE partners are rewarded for achieving competency and expertise in their specialty areas and are eligible for discounts, and sales and marketing benefits to provide new revenue opportunities.

Versa simplifies how enterprises protect and connect their users, devices and sites to workloads and applications anywhere, anytime. As the leader in SASE, the fastest growing category in cybersecurity, Versa is the only company delivering a differentiated Unified SASE architecture that converges security and networking to ensure an improved security posture, enhanced user-to-application experience and operational efficiency. Gartner has identified Versa SASE as having the most SASE components out of all 56 vendors Gartner evaluated and named Versa as one of the vendors delivering single-vendor SASE. Also, KuppingerCole Analysts AG named Versa a leader in every evaluation category in its recent SASE Integration Suites Leadership Compass report. In addition, Frost & Sullivan honored Versa with its SASE Global Enabling Technology Leadership Award for Versa's industry-leading SASE solution. Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) also found that Versa SASE has the most SASE supported functions, as published in its industry report; while 650 Group recognized Versa as the market share leader for both Deployed SASE and Enabled SD-WAN. Finally, the CIO CHOICE 2023 Honor and Recognition program distinguished Versa SASE as the Most Trusted Brand by CIOs for SASE.

About Versa Networks

Versa Networks, the leader in single-vendor Unified SASE platforms, delivers AI/ML-powered SSE and SD-WAN solutions. The platform provides networking and security with true multitenancy, and sophisticated analytics via the cloud, on-premises, or as a blended combination of both to meet SASE requirements for small to extremely large enterprises and Service Providers. Thousands of customers globally with hundreds of thousands of sites and millions of users trust Versa with their mission critical networks and security. Versa Networks is privately held and funded by Sequoia Capital, Mayfield, Artis Ventures, Verizon Ventures, Comcast Ventures, BlackRock Inc., Silicon Valley Bank, Liberty Global Ventures, Princeville Capital, RPS Ventures and Triangle Peak Partners. For more information, visit or follow Versa Networks on Twitter @versanetworks.

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