Seven Ways Versa SASE Enables 5G Transformation
1. Software-based, Hardware-neutral
5G architecture requires an open, platform-agnostic environment where individual control- and data-plane components can be flexibly virtualized and consumed in a distributed manner in the front-haul, mid-haul and back-haul segments of the 5G network. Versa SASE is consumable on any cloud or COTS server, and can be flexibly consumed at different segments of the 5G network.
2. Cloud-native Unified Multi-services Stack
Open, programmable 5G networks need advanced security and networking intelligence from the ground up. VOS™ delivers full stack security, carrier class routing, SD-WAN and service chaining across LAN, WAN, cloud, and mobile infrastructure. VOS™ is application-aware, transport-agnostic, cloud-native and multi-tenant. VOS™ SASE architecture supports myriad security services on a single VM instance, including ZTNA, NGFW, UTM, DLP, SWG, IPS, URL filtering, SSL proxy, VPN, malware sandboxing, and DNS security. All services are programmable via a single pane of glass using the Versa Orchestrator.
3. Single-pass Architecture for Best Performance
5G promises very aggressive SLAs that demand networking and security capabilities—such as scanning with inline encryption/decryption—at cloud scale. Dedicated appliances for each different function cannot scale to this level. Versa’s SD-WAN single-pass architecture can, by ensuring that the majority of services are performed in the same cloud-service stack, at the same location and at the same time.
Versa Single Pass Architecture
4. Cloud-agnostic Multi-tenancy
5G infrastructure enables Multiple Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) to use a shared 5G infrastructure. 5G slicing also provides multiple virtual channels on shared infrastructure to deliver differing SLAs. These capabilities require multi-tenancy in all components. Versa SD-WAN delivers complete segregation per tenant of control-plane, data-plane and management-plane traffic. Each tenant can use a multi-level RBAC structure to manage the network with full segmented security.
5. Dynamic Auto-scaling
One promise of 5G is to enable an IoT ecosystem of a vast number of devices. This requires a scalable fabric based on user, device, or application demands. Versa SD-WAN delivers elastic auto-scaling and network intelligence to meet real-time capacity demands.
6. Globally Distributed Points of Presence
A key requirement of 5G architecture is to decouple its control-plane (such as AMF, SMF, PCF) and data-plane (UPF) components so that they can be separately virtualized, distributed and consumed based on SLA drivers or network slicing requirements. This allows servicing user traffic at the edge of the mobile network to maximize performance, but requires security also to be enforced at the edge. Versa SASE security can be consumed on-premises or in cloud, thus acting as a key enabler for 5G edge compute.
7. Zero-touch Cloud Instantiation
5G architecture demands the need for 100’s of MEC nodes, 1000’s of cell site routers and several 100,000’s (perhaps millions) of connected devices. Irrespective of the use case, the prerequisite for fast and seamless instantiation of different participating components has never been higher. Leveraging Versa automation, enterprises and ISPs can manage the complete lifecycle from creation to termination through a single pane of glass, in just a few clicks. This methodology significantly cuts down on operational involvement and delivers the agility to roll out 5G services.