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SD-WAN Adoption Drives Greater Demand for Integrated Branch Security

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time: 12:00 p.m New York / 5:00 p.m London
sponsored by
Rik Turner, Principal Analyst, Infrastructure Solutions, Ovum

Atchison Frazer, WW Head of Marketing, Versa Networks

With the rise of SD-WAN there is now an increased urgency for service providers and customers to implement SD-WAN with integrated security.

In response to this market demand, many service providers have implemented a managed SD-WAN model that simplifies security for their enterprise customers. Not surprisingly, managed SD-WAN- services have been widely adopted, utilizing either an outsourced or SaaS-based service.

This webinar will discuss:

  • The rise of SD-WAN as an alternative to traditional enterprise WAN; what is driving its growth
  • The security challenges inherent in SD-WAN vis-ŕ-vis traditional WAN
  • The options for meeting this challenge (built-in, a second box or cloud-delivered security)


Rik Turner, Principal Analyst, Infrastructure Solutions, Ovum
Rik is a principal analyst in Ovum's IT Security and Technology team, specializing in cybersecurity technology trends, IT security, compliance, and call recording.

Rik provides analysis and insight on market evolution and helps end users determine what type of technology and which vendor they should be pursuing.

Rik has also worked in Ovum's Financial Services Technology team, with a specialization in capital markets technology. Prior to joining Ovum, he worked as an IT journalist, specializing in networking and security, and as a foreign correspondent in Brazil, where he worked, among others, for the Financial Times and The Economist.

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Atchison Frazer, WW Head of Marketing, Versa Networks
Atchison Frazer brings over 20 years of strategic IT marketing expertise and leadership to Versa Networks, helping to influence growth markets from SD-WAN to High Performance Computing, Infrastructure Performance Management and UTM security.

Prior to Versa Networks, he was global marketing leader for SD-WAN pioneer Talari Networks, and before that CMO at Xangati (acquired by Virtual Instruments). Previously, Atchison served as CMO for ADC-vendor KEMP Technologies and also was CMO of HPC and HFT switch-fabric innovator Gnodal Ltd (acquired by Cray).

Earlier in his career, Atchison was responsible for services strategy, global marketing and sales enablement for Cisco’s global enterprise theatre and enterprise transformation market segments, including acquisition integration, enterprise security software and network optimization services. Atchison also has held senior marketing and communications management roles with Servgate, Fortinet and HP Enterprise.

Atchison earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Louisville.

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