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To further their commitment towards the Middle Eastern enterprise market with access to top tier SD-WAN and SASE products for the digital transformation,  GBI (Gulf Bridge International), a global cloud, connectivity, and content enabler, and Versa Networks, the leader in SASE, are collaborating with the Versa ACE Partner Program.

Under the arrangement, GBI will be part of the award-winning Versa ACE (Accelerate, Captivate, Engage) Partner Program -- an ecosystem of partners that are committed to delivering exceptional customer value. The program will provide GBI with incremental and formalised sales, pre-sales, and technical training that will focus on enabling them to build their competencies and specialties to remain Secure SD-WAN Specialised and become SASE Specialised. As the global demand for SASE and SD-WAN continues to accelerate, Versa ACE Partners are incentivised to take advantage of their areas of specialization, identify and manage projects, and utilise Versa’s available sales and marketing benefits to open new revenue opportunities, which will enable partners, such as GBI, to differentiate themselves from their competitors both now and in the future.

Offering unparalleled bandwidth and low latency within the region and beyond, GBI’s terrestrial and subsea cable mesh network provides users with optimal performance across SD-WAN deployments.

Versa SASE with Secure SD-WAN was built from the ground up as a complete integration of best-of-breed comprehensive security and advanced networking. It delivers leading services for enterprises, combining full multi-tenancy, multiple deployment options, zero-touch provisioning, and a broad set of security functions, such as next-generation firewall (NGFW), secure remote access, and unified threat management (UTM) services. GBI delivers these services via GBI’s Smart Network.

As a further sign of commitment to the region, GBI is also catering to a new generation of security needs through the provisioning of SASE capabilities. Connecting endpoints to the service edge, SASE provides flexibility and security through offering built-in security features to ensure secure access across the network. To support the required Points of Presence (POPs) for the service edge, GBI ensures connectivity availability across the Middle East, as its GBI Smart Network, spans internationally meaning all endpoints are catered for and protected.

Commenting on the collaboration, Cengiz Oztelcan, CEO of GBI said, “We are fully committed to delivering exceptional SD-WAN and SASE products to the Middle East and are excited to be on this journey with Versa Networks. The nature of business and networks are changing, and digital transformation is no longer the future, it is the now. As such, providers of connectivity and security must evolve so that enterprises have access to best-in-class solutions and services that span on-premises and the cloud, protecting every corner of the decentralised network while providing flexibility for employees.

Meanwhile, John Atchison, head of global partner marketing at Versa Networks said, “As more businesses adopt a digital-first approach to their operations, and with current network and network security architectures failing to effectively serve the requirements needed for modern enterprises, there is a need for networking capabilities that provide agility, flexibility, quality, and security, in a seamless and cost-effective manner. As we continue to support remote workers and a hybrid approach to business, it is the forward-thinking and security conscious enterprises that are turning to GBI seeking a solution to their cloud, networking, and security conundrum.”

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