Riverbed Expands SD-WAN Focus with Versa OEM Agreement

One week ago we broke the news that Orange Business Services announced that it will be the first global service provider to offer managed Riverbed SteelCentral Aternity for monitoring application performance. This was part of the service provider’s visibility-as-a-service offering.

Now, Riverbed has signed a global OEM agreement with Versa Networks, combining Riverbed’s global support and services with channel-friendly Versa Network’s enterprise-class secure SD-WAN technology. No stranger to the market, since the initial 2016 launch of Riverbed’s SD-WAN solution SteelConnect, Riverbed has grown its SD-WAN customer base to 1,000+ global organizations.

This agreement strengthens Riverbed’s presence in the SD-WAN market and expands the company’s reach and ability to address larger and more complex enterprise SD-WAN deployments in order to help businesses of all sizes and types transform their networks and compete in the digital era.

See our interview with Brad Wood or Riverbed at SD-WAN Expo, part of the ITEXPO TECHSUPERSHOW.

Riverbed will offer an expanded portfolio of SD-WAN solutions alongside Riverbed SteelConnect, which will now include a new enterprise offering leveraging Versa Network’s Secure Cloud IP software platform. 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.

“The agreement with Versa Networks allows Riverbed to provide our customers with a broader set of choices and address the modern networking needs of organizations of all types and sizes – large, medium and small, cloud-first, hybrid and traditional – across the globe,” said Paul Mountford, CEO at Riverbed. “Versa’s enterprise-class technology complements Riverbed’s leading SD-WAN, application acceleration and digital experience management solutions nicely, and will be backed by Riverbed’s leading support and professional services that customers rely on. This expanded portfolio allows Riverbed to more fully go after our large enterprise installed base, which includes the vast majority of the Fortune 2000, and will empower our customers to choose the right SD-WAN solution to help them transform their networks, gain agility and remain competitive in their respective industries.”

“Riverbed is a trusted leader in enterprise-wide area networking and digital performance. Our partnership will provide customers with a complete family of next-generation networking and security solutions for today’s digital world with multi-cloud, multi-transport networks,” said Kelly Ahuja, CEO at Versa Networks. “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.”

This agreement makes a lot of sense for both companies. Versa was one of the first companies in the SD-WAN space and Riverbed has an established name in the networking space and strong enterprise relationships. We see this agreement as 1+1=3.

It also shows the renewed commitment Riverbed is making to the SD-WAN space.

Learn more about SD-WAN at the WORLD’s ONLY SD-WAN Expo, part of the ITEXPO TECHSUPERSHOW, Feb 12-14, 2020 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.