The recent ‘Evaluating Secure Service Access’ Radar report released by GigaOm, highlighted two of Duxbury Networking’s partners as excelling, with Versa Networks designated as a market leader.
Both Versa Networks and Ananda Networks scored well within the top ten suppliers in a number of categories addressed by the survey.
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“A relatively new concept, secure service access (SSA) represents a significant shift in the way organisations consume network security, enabling them to replace multiple security vendors with a single, integrated platform offering full interoperability and end-to-end resiliency.
Encompassing secure access service edge (SASE), zero-trust network access (ZTNA), and extended detection and response (XDR), SSA shifts the focus of security consumption from the data centre or network edge to ubiquitous users, apps, and devices everywhere,” says the report.
“SSA solution vendors enable organisations to roll out reliable and robust access controls for any user, device, or application anywhere in the world, thereby increasing organisational confidence in ubiquitous security without introducing new complexities or reducing performance,” the report continues.
“The report states that ‘Versa claims to be the only vendor delivering a fully integrated, converged SSA solution deployed either on-premises or in the cloud—or as a hybrid combination of both—in a single software stack (VOS) built on a single-pass parallel processing architecture.
A converged, integrated, and scalable solution, Versa SASE offers best-of-breed security, advanced networking, industry-leading SD-WAN, true multi-tenancy, and advanced analytics.
Available on-premises, cloud-delivered, or hosted by Versa-powered service providers, it simplifies and streamlines the management of networking and security policies and services’,” says Andre Kannemeyer, CTO for Duxbury Networking.
GigaOm highlights Versa’s strengths as: “Built from the ground up, Versa SASE delivers increased security and consistent security policies across branches, remote offices, and individual users, eliminating security gaps and vulnerabilities introduced when connecting multiple security solutions.
Customers deploying Versa SASE also report significant increases in business and application performance for multi-cloud and on-premises deployments.”
Versa is considered a forward mover in the Market Leader category, specifically with respect to platform play and innovation.
Key criteria serve to differentiate one solution from another based on features and capabilities, outlining the primary criteria to be considered when evaluating secure service access solutions.
Evaluation metrics serve to differentiate one solution from another based on the impact that the solution may have on an organisation, reflecting fundamental aspects like flexibility, ease of use, and total cost of ownership.
Specific security capabilities serve to differentiate one solution from another based on specific functionality required to reduce the attack surface, detect threats, and mitigate risk.
These capabilities provide a comprehensive—but not exhaustive—list of functions enterprises and organisations require to take advantage of modern IT architectures.
Versa was considered to be exceptional (outstanding focus and execution) in the following categories under the key criteria: software defined architecture, defence in-depth, dynamic segmentation and autonomous networking.
It achieved exceptional status under the evaluation metrics of interoperability and redundancy.
“Similarly, it scored as exceptional across the board in the security capabilities section, which included the categories domain name system security, secure web gateway, Firewall-as-a-Service, cloud access security broker, Zero-trust network access, endpoint threat detection and response, and network threat detection and response,” says Kannemeyer.
Offering LAN-like connectivity by finding the optimal route between any two users, servers, devices, or cloud services located anywhere in the world, Ananda minimises the threat surface.
If required, Ananda dynamically spins up multi-cloud-based Nitro relays or waypoints—available in hundreds of different locations globally—to maximise link speed and quality.
Eliminating most traffic backhaul caused by forcing traffic to pass through gateways or points of presence (PoPs), SG-LAN delivers speeds up to 25x faster than competitive solutions and legacy VPNs.
Ananda Networks scored as an outperformer with respect to feature play and is gaining traction based on innovation.
Its strengths, according to GigaOm, are its Ananda SG-LAN, which offers a unique unified approach for accelerating, orchestrating, and securing network traffic, with several patent-pending networking protocol and route selection innovations expected to boost network speeds and quality.
Requiring no fixed infrastructure and with set up times of as little as 15 minutes, Ananda simplifies network design, deployment, and management, offering significant cost savings.
“Under the key criteria metrics comparison, Ananda achieved exceptional status for software defined architecture, defence in-depth, dynamic segmentation and identity-based access.
In the evaluation metrics comparison, it received exceptional status for ease of use, performance, interoperability, redundancy, and roadmap and vision.
Exceptional status was achieved under the specific security capabilities of domain name system security, Firewall-as-a-Service, and Zero-trust network access,” says Kannemeyer.
“The GigaOm report provides an objective overview of the vendor landscape based on a number of stakes, which are mature, stable solution features common across all vendors.
We are justifiably proud to be distributors of both the Versa and Ananda technology solutions,” says Kannemeyer.