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CRN Exclusive: Versa Networks CEO Aims To Trump Security Vendors Using NFV To Deliver Software-Defined Security

Former Juniper Networks engineering superstar Kumar Mehta says his startup Versa Networks is disrupting the security market by using telecom's network function virtualization (NFV) technology to unlock software-defined security.

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Watch Out, Security Leaders

One of the hottest network and security startups, Versa Networks, is utilizing the telecom industry's network function virtualization (NFV) technology to create what executives say is the first true software-defined security solution.

"We're trying to bring the innovative NFV concept from the telecom side to the software-defined security side," said Versa CEO Kumar Mehta, a former top engineer at Juniper Networks, in an interview with CRN. "I have not seen another vendor that has taken this software-defined focus, applying it to both security and networking, like the WAN. … Some security guys are basically contacting us."

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based startup Tuesday revealed enhancements to its SD-security Versa VNF (virtualized network function) by adding DNS security and secure Web gateway. Versa VNF already includes next-generation firewall, anti-virus, intrusion prevention and content filtering. According to the company, Versa is using NFV to make branch security solutions for enterprises and service providers completely software-defined.

Here, CRN takes a deep dive with Mehta into SD security, white box networking, NFV and the "rich" opportunities for solution providers.

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