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The Business Case for Lean IT

Businesses of many sizes are evaluating whether Lean IT for branch offices, cloud, wide area networking, and applications is the right approach. There are many questions about what Lean-IT really is, who is it best suited for, who is in the best position to leverage it, and is there a business case to deploy it.

Join Robert McBride, Network Field Engineer at Versa Networks, for this webinar where he explains what Lean IT means for IT professionals responsible for networking, security, applications, cloud, and branch offices.

In this webinar you will learn
+ What is Lean IT
+ Which businesses and IT teams benefit most from implementing Lean IT
+ Why companies are leveraging Lean IT
+ What the business case is for Lean IT
+ How cloud Secure SD-WAN services such as Versa Titan address Lean IT requirements
Recorded Apr 16 2020 61 mins
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  • SASE to the Rescue: Addressing the State of IT Security Recorded: Jul 22 2021 51 mins
    Sunil Ravi, Chief Security Architect at Versa, and Beth Cohen, Cloud Technology Strategist at Verizon
    Supply chain attacks, ransomware, state-sponsored attacks, and VPN hacks are pervasive and the threats have grown worse over the last 18 months. Understanding the current state of security vulnerabilities and some strategies that organizations should take to protect their network today and beyond is essential.

    Join Sunil Ravi, Chief Security Architect of Versa Networks, and Beth Cohen, Cloud Technology Strategist in the Verizon Security Overlay Team, as they discuss key trends, market insights, future predictions, and approaches you can take using SASE to protect against the growing security threat.

    In this webinar you will:
    · Gain an understanding of the current "State of Security"
    · Learn key lessons from recent attacks and breaches
    · Develop insights about strategies for securing a post-COVID workforce  
    · Identify potential approaches to protect against new threats using SASE
  • 5G Readiness: Requirements and Use Cases for Speed and Security Recorded: Jul 8 2021 43 mins
    Nikhil Desai, Senior Director of Product Management, Versa Networks
    With laser fast speeds, high performance, and low latency, 5G brings massive changes to connectivity around the world. However, 5G also adds significant complexities to enterprise and mobile networks, requiring significant security measures as network elements are distributed at the edge and virtualized.

    Join Nikhil Desai, Senior Director of Product Management with Versa Networks, as he explains what the core requirements and use cases that organizations should look for in an SD-WAN appliance that supports 5G. Nikhil will discuss how the market needs appliances that natively support 5G at the WAN Edge and the risk mitigations that are needed for secure connectivity.

    In this webinar you will:
    • Understand the specific architectural challenges of SD-WAN appliance supporting 5G
    • Learn the basic requirements of an embedded 5G module that provides security, connectivity, and analytics
    • Review real-life use cases of how 5G appliances can optimize mobility, IoT (Internet of Things), artificial intelligence, and much more
  • 5G Security and SASE: Securing the Future Recorded: Jun 24 2021 59 mins
    Rohan Ravindranath, Principal Systems Engineer, Versa Networks
    The fifth-generation (5G) of mobile network technology comes with the promise of laser fast speeds and powerful performance exceeding 10’s of Gbps. While 5G technology comes with exciting new possibilities such as Smart Manufacturing, Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality (AR/VR), IoT, Next-Gen Analytics, connected devices, and gaming, it also creates a growing list of security and vulnerability concerns to the ecosystem.

    For businesses to thrive in a new era of unparalleled connectivity, it is of paramount importance to ensure that network and security SLAs are met, despite the increase in the number of connected devices and data sources. Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) is the only framework that is designed from the ground up, to be an enabler to secure and transform the 5G ecosystem.

    Join Rohan Ravindranath, Principal Systems Engineer for Versa Networks, as he shares:

    -How SASE delivers end-to-end security, visibility, and telemetry to 5G Infrastructure and Services
    -How SASE can create a secure IoT Ecosystem with a single pane of glass management and control
    effective methodologies for 5G network slicing to meet a wide variety of business use cases
    -How SASE delivers secure, hyperscale MEC platforms with optimal network and security SLAs
    -Technical approaches to effectively manage 5G security risks and keep them in check
    -How to architect secure private 5G mobile networks
    -How MNOs can create value-added security services to their customers using SASE as a driver
  • Accelerate Your SASE Transformation with Ease Recorded: Jun 10 2021 61 mins
    Saleem Muhammad, Product Management - Dell Technologies; Bob Laliberte, Sr. Analyst - ESG; Michael Wood, CMO - Versa
    SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) is the convergence of security and networking in the cloud to provide a holistic approach to providing secure connectivity in a highly distributed environment. The need for SASE has been buoyed by an increase in applications being shifted to the public cloud and workers to their home offices and the dissolution of the traditional corporate security perimeter. Organizations find themselves needing to transform their existing legacy environments and begin their journey to a SASE solution.

    Join Saleem Muhammad, Product Management with Dell Technologies, Bob Laliberte, Sr. Analyst with ESG, and Michael Wood, CMO with Versa Networks as they outline the challenges facing IT organizations today, why there is a need to begin the SASE journey now, and real world solutions for implementing SASE via the cloud, on-premises, or as a blended combination of both.

    In this webinar you will learn
    - What are the top 5 challenges facing IT today
    - What are the issues with traditional implementations and why they fail
    - What is the solution for application and user sprawl
    - How real world implementations are delivering solutions
  • Evaluating the Efficacy of NGFW Techniques in the Cloud Recorded: May 20 2021 59 mins
    Sunil Ravi, Chief Security Architect
    NGFW is dead.

    Or is it? As organizations leverage more data and workloads in the cloud, the security perimeter that traditional NGFW vendors protected seems to be a relic of the past. Given that COVID has made it normal for users to work-from-anywhere, enterprises looking to protect their critical assets need to extend advanced NGFW protection mechanisms to their cloud infrastructure, which comes with its own limitations and complexities.

    Join Sunil Ravi, Chief Security Architect with Versa Networks, as he examines how traditional NGFW techniques like sandboxing, deep packet inspection, network segmentation, and web caching can be extended to the cloud to protect against modern attacks. Sunil will evaluate the limitations that organizations have with NGFWaaS (Next-Generation Firewall as a Service) and what you can do to overcome limitations to bolster your security posture.

    In this webinar you will learn:

    -- Traditional NGFW approaches to block threats and protect your perimeter
    -- Limitations of NGFW and NGFWaaS when it comes to protecting cloud data and workloads
    -- A new approach to extend robust NGFW techniques to protect data in the cloud
  • Core Tenets of Strong Zero Trust Network Access Recorded: May 6 2021 59 mins
    Dogu Narin, Head of Product Management, Versa Networks
    COVID has made VPNs inadequate to address the growing threat landscape of allowing a work-from-anywhere environment and Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) has emerged as the solution to protect users and devices. But as more people start returning to the office, organizations need to take a deeper look into what makes a strong Zero Trust Network Access solution by not only it’s feature set but it’s interoperability.

    Join Dogu Narin, Head of Product Management with Versa Networks, as he explains what are the tenets that make a strong ZTNA solution, what threats and vulnerabilities can be mitigated, what basic integration requirements are necessary, and what benefits you can achieve.

    In this webinar you will:

    -Understand how both the “work-from-anywhere" and “return-to-office" offer unique challenges
    -Learn the core tenets that organizations should follow to ensure they implement strong ZTNA
    -Watch a live demo of how Zero Trust Network Access can provide secured, private access to any resource on-premises or in the cloud
  • SWG and SD-WAN: Better Together Recorded: Apr 22 2021 56 mins
    Dogu Narin, Head of Product Management, Versa Networks
    As data and applications move to the cloud, it is increasingly more critical to secure and manage all user and device access to protect your organization from web-based threats. However, when security practitioners bolt-on Secure Web Gateway (SWG) to their existing Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) solution, they oftentimes find it difficult to maintain a consistent level of visibility and control across the entire network, branches HQ, DC sites, and with remote users.

    Join Dogu Narin, Head of Product Management with Versa Networks, as he explains why Secure Web Gateways, traditionally thought of as a separate security solution to network architecture, need to natively integrate and support your SD-WAN capabilities so that together: they can become a force multiplier.

    In this webinar you will learn:

    -Why traditional SWG configuration does not address modern threats.
    -How to get a single pane of glass for all Internet threats on-premises vs in the cloud or public Internet.
    -Why a native integration between SWG and SD-WAN means less complexity and costs all while delivering higher performance and security.
  • Zero Trust Security vs. SASE: An Architecture Deep Dive Recorded: Apr 8 2021 60 mins
    Sunil Ravi, Chief Security Architect, Versa Networks
    As security practitioners are preparing for a return to the office and/or supporting a distributed workforce, they need to find an effective approach to protecting this expanded Enterprise perimeter. Two approaches to protecting globally distributed users, devices, and applications have emerged on the market: Zero Trust Security and Secure Access Service Edge (SASE).

    What is the relationship between these two approaches to Enterprise security and how do they differ from one another? Which approach is the best fit for your organization?

    Join Sunil Ravi, Chief Security Architect with Versa Networks, as he evaluates the pros and cons of each security architecture and how they relate to each other. Sunil will also give real-life examples of Zero Trust and SASE implementations, both separately and combined to show how to protect your organization from security vulnerabilities and threats.

    In this webinar you will learn:

    -- Requirements and market challenges driving the two architectural approaches
    -- Deep-dive walkthrough of how Zero-Trust and SASE protects against threats
    -- Benefits and use cases delivered from each one or a blended combination of both
  • SASE for Lean IT Recorded: Mar 18 2021 60 mins
    Rob McBride - Principal Field Network Engineer, Versa Networks
    As IT levels of complexity continue to increase while performance and overall customer satisfaction continue to decline, what is needed is an advanced application intelligence managed from the cloud, making it easier for IT to manage and secure their branch services.

    In this session come learn about how your organization can reduce cost, time, and complexity associated with WAN transformation. Experience how you can manage your network edge, while simplifying the branch with fewer devices.

    Join Rob McBride, Principal Field Network Engineer at Versa Networks as he shares how to:
    • Automate deployments with zero-touch provisioning to quickly and easily get your sites up and connected.
    • Deliver an integrated SASE architecture – addressing secure SD-WAN and secure Web Gateways
    • Maximize the performance of all available bandwidth and links with SASE for user and application-level visibility and control.
    • Deliver differentiated control and security posture and access management for remote workers and VIP employees
  • Building a Bridge for Secure, Multi Cloud Connectivity with SASE Recorded: Mar 4 2021 61 mins
    Rohan Ravindranath, Senior Solutions Architect - Versa Networks
    Most Enterprises, businesses, and organizations do not fit a one-size-fits-all implementation of either cloud or on-premises. Most organizations have a variety of locations which differ by size, services, and complexity.

    Some locations may require more SASE services be delivered on-premises (i.e., a power branch with several service available for clients and employees) while other locations benefit from more SASE services delivered via the cloud (i.e., a light branch offering basic services to clients) and still other locations may need a blended combination of SASE via the cloud and on-premises.

    Join Rohan Ravindranath, Senior Solutions Architect at Versa Networks, as he shares how to seamlessly deploy a blended combination of both cloud and on-premises services to create consistent services, features, policies, and configuration regardless where the service is delivered.
  • Accelerate Government Modernization with SASE Recorded: Feb 18 2021 61 mins
    Mark Orndorff, Principal Consultant with Suss Consulting
    The government is moving from a time when networks and systems could be defended at network boundaries built around the work locations of the organizations the boundaries are intended to defend. With the growth of mobile access, the significant increase in telework and the shift to cloud computing, this model is no longer providing the best performance and security balance. Innovations in cyber defenses provide an opportunity to support these new access and service delivery models with enhanced security.

    SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) is a category created by Industry Analyst Gartner as part of a 2019 research report. The Gartner definition of SASE describes the concept of delivering networking and network security from the cloud or on-premises. SASE implementation provides easy onboarding of disparate and misaligned systems; segmentation and zero-trust network access to reduce exposure; along with integration to cloud resources on which Federal, State & Local governments increasingly depend.

    Join Mark Orndorff, Principal Consultant with Suss Consulting as he highlights key government IT initiatives with proven solutions you can implement today to accelerate your agency’s digital transformation and modernization.

    In this webinar you will be learn:
    --The fundamentals of SASE Networking & Security Functions
    --Why Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) & SASE matter to your agency teams to transform security management.
    --Best practices to help your agency achieve modernization objectives without sacrificing security.
  • Five Real World SASE Customer Case Studies Recorded: Feb 4 2021 61 mins
    Kelly Ahuja, CEO & Michael Wood, CMO for Versa Networks
    SASE is growing in interest, acceptance, planning, and implementation. The Gartner definition of SASE describes the concept of delivering networking and network security from the cloud or on-premises. Many customers have been deploying SASE delivered on-premises, via the cloud, or a blended combination of both.

    Join Kelly Ahuja, CEO & Michael Wood, CMO for Versa Networks, as they review these real-world customer case studies including the challenges and problems each of these customers were facing prior to implementation of SASE, what solutions they required, and the final configuration of what they implemented.

    In this webinar you will learn:
    -- Where SASE plays a role in addressing your IT challenges
    -- What architectural approaches pave the way for a smooth transition to SASE
    -- What the differences are between Secure SD-WAN and SASE
    -- The SASE differentiation for your company’s networking & security needs
  • Future Proof Your Network Security with Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) Recorded: Jan 21 2021 60 mins
    Sunil Ravi Security Principal with Versa Networks
    Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) provides an updated security approach to current measures that fail to address the inherent vulnerabilities in the network and application connectivity protocols of the past.

    Many organizations today recognize the need to change their approach to user access control by better securing user authentication and authorization.

    Join Sunil Ravi Chief Security Architect with Versa Networks as he highlights key business drivers and technical functionality SDP provides organizations to defend against new variations of old attack methods that are constantly surfacing in existing networks and infrastructure perimeter-centric networking models.

    In this webinar you will be learn:
    -- Software Defined Perimeter deployment models and workflows
    -- Security & business benefits of deploying a Software Defined Perimeter solution
    -- Use Cases addressed by Software Defined Perimeter
  • How To Standardize & Streamline Your Secure SD-WAN Deployment Recorded: Jan 7 2021 59 mins
    Matthew Iakhov, Systems Engineering Manager with Versa Networks
    Secure SD-WAN deployments require knowledge of network design, scale for thousands of sites, and empowering software to take responsibility for some network maintenance duties. This is where Secure SD-WAN templates come into play.

    Join Matthew Iakhov, Systems Engineering Manager with Versa Networks, as he shares the key capabilities of Secure SD-WAN templates and why they are important.

    In this webinar you will learn:
    -- Drivers for network transformation
    -- Template-based Secure SD-WAN configuration
    -- Types of templates and relationships between them
    -- Workflows automation
    -- Use Cases: SASE & Automation
  • Laying the Foundation for SASE with Secure SD-WAN Recorded: Dec 3 2020 60 mins
    Roy Chua, Founder and Principal at AvidThink & Michael Wood, CMO Versa Networks
    SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) is a cloud-native technology that establishes networking and network security as an integral and embedded function for digital initiatives. SASE takes the place of legacy services offered by single-purpose point-solutions located in location-locked corporate premises such as data centers.

    There are multiple architectural approaches to SD-WAN and not all of them pave the way for a smooth transition to SASE. Many of the current approaches are point product based, driven by the original architecture and design with which the vendor started. These approaches necessitate a bolt-on integration approach to add functionality needed through acquired technologies which were not designed into the original solution. The starting point of current approaches are router-based, SD-WAN-based, WAN Optimization-based, Firewall-based, and Secure SD-WAN. A successful Secure SD-WAN architecture begins with full-featured SD-WAN, complete integrated security, advanced scalable routing, genuine multi-tenancy, and sophisticated analytics in a single software image.

    Join Roy Chua, Founder and Principal at AvidThink & Michael Wood, CMO Versa Networks as they discuss:
    --Scenarios for Secure SD-WAN such as mobile, branch and cloud components
    -- Pain points driving SASE adoption today
    -- Key Capabilities a SASE Solution provides as a valuable tool for businesses to move forward.
  • Secure SD-WAN Architecture with 5G and Edge Compute Recorded: Nov 19 2020 59 mins
    Chitresh Yadav, Global Head of Systems Engineering & Rohan Ravindranath, Senior Solutions Architect for Versa Networks,
    The industry is now poised to roll out the new wave of fifth generation (5G) mobile-network technology. 5G comes with the promise of a number of advances including peak speeds up to 10 Gbps with ultra-low latency connectivity. This will create a new wave of opportunities around Smart Manufacturing, Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality (AR/VR), IOT, Next-Gen Analytics, connected devices and gaming to name a few.

    These opportunities however come with several challenges around security, connectivity to the existing infrastructure and ensuring that SLAs are met, despite the increase in number of connected devices and data sources. Secure SD-WAN with its in-built SASE capabilities is purpose designed to be application aware and transport agnostic, making it the prime candidate to transform the 5G ecosystem.

    Join Chitresh Yadav, Global Head of Systems Engineering and Rohan Ravindranath, Senior Solutions Architect for Versa Networks, as they share:
    •How Secure SD-WAN can simplify management across an expanding 5G footprint
    •Boost security and reliability across on-premises, cloud and the edge
    •Provide flexible network topologies with a fully distributed architecture across the cloud and edge, to meet unique level of application requirements
    •Leverage application aware routing and intelligent traffic steering to ensure high performance of mission critical applications
    •Deliver purpose-built automation for 5G frameworks like network slicing, to meet aggressive SLAs
    •Provide end-to-end visibility into application, security and network telemetry across the entire fabric
  • Secure SD-WAN Architecture: Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) Recorded: Nov 5 2020 61 mins
    Apurva Mehta, Founder and CTO & Neil Danilowicz, Principal Architect - Versa Networks
    Secure Access Service Edge, or SASE (pronounced “sassy”), is an emerging cybersecurity concept that Gartner’s Andrew Lerner defines as “the convergence of wide area networking (WAN) and network security services like CASB, FWaaS and Zero Trust (ZTNA) into a single, cloud-native service model.” Gartner expects that by 2024, at least 40% of enterprises will have explicit strategies to adopt SASE.

    Join Apurva Mehta, Founder and CTO & Neil Danilowicz, Principal Architect with Versa Networks, as they share how the key capabilities of SASE address the demands of enabling a digital transformation today.

    In this webinar you will learn:
    oWhat is SASE and how your enterprise can benefit from it.
    oThe key capabilities of SASE
    oHow to bring together the benefits of SASE and SD-WAN with simplified deployment and operation of multiple security services.
  • Secure SD-WAN Architecture: Cloud Services with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Recorded: Oct 22 2020 58 mins
    Rohan Ravindranath, Senior Solutions Architect - Versa Networks
    Organizations are shifting many applications, services and workloads to the cloud. Network architects are being asked to integrate seamlessly with these cloud services and workloads.

    Secure SD-WAN provides an architecture which enables secure, reliable and simple integration with cloud services today.

    Join Rohan Ravindranath, Senior Solutions Architect for Versa Networks, as he shares how to seamlessly integrate with Amazon Web Services (AWS) using Secure SD-WAN.

    In this webinar you will learn:
    oNetwork and security requirements for implementing AWS
    oChallenges to be aware of when connecting to cloud services
    oHow Secure SD-WAN mitigates challenges and increases security.
    oHow to consolidate compute, storage, networking and security with implementations such as AWS Wavelength.
  • Secure SD-WAN Architecture: Cloud Services with Microsoft Azure Recorded: Oct 8 2020 62 mins
    Rohan Ravindranath, Senior Solutions Architect - Versa Networks
    Organizations are shifting many applications, services and workloads to the cloud. Network architects are being asked to integrate seamlessly with these cloud services and workloads.

    Secure SD-WAN provides an architecture which enables secure, reliable and simple integration with cloud services today.

    Join Rohan Ravindranath, Senior Solutions Architect for Versa Networks, as he shares how to seamlessly integrate with Microsoft Azure using Secure SD-WAN.

    In this webinar you will learn:
    oNetwork and security requirements for implementing Microsoft Azure
    o Challenges to be aware of when connecting to cloud services
    o How Secure SD-WAN mitigates challenges and increases security.
    o How to consolidate compute, storage, networking and security with
    implementations such as Azure Edge Zones
  • Secure SD-WAN Architecture: Sophisticated Analytics Recorded: Sep 24 2020 56 mins
    Roopa Bayar, Director of Engineering for Versa Networks
    Most Enterprises agree that setting goals, identifying metrics, and measure results are the best way to maintain a healthy network and to continuously improve. Learn how taking an integrated network approach to analytics can demonstrably improve Its ability to positively influence applications, users, device, and cloud experiences.

    Join Roopa Bayar, Director of Engineering for Versa Networks as she shares industry best practices on achieving holistic visibility, base-lining, correlation and predictive analysis for network, application usage and security events.

    In this webinar, you will learn how to:
    - Achieve High Performance through put while delivering a Scalable, Reliable & Cost-effective operations ready Analytics Platform
    - Delivering Comprehensive Visibility, Control and Monitoring for Applications, Users & Cloud
    - Derive actionable insights that can be used to reduce network downtimes, detect security attacks and improve quality of experience.
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