Versa, Futuriom Research: Hybrid Work Increases Demand for Security Solutions

Versa Networks, a leader of single-vendor unified secure access service edge (SASE), announced new research from Futuriom Research and Versa Networks has revealed 98 percent of organizations feel that hybrid work has increased demand for SASE and zero-trust network access (ZTNA) solutions.

The study, titled “SD-WAN and SASE Managed Services Survey Report,” also found 94 percent of respondents said they prefer a single-pass architecture when evaluating and deploying SASE solutions.

Futuriom surveyed 196 qualified enterprise networking and security users, director-level and above to find key needs for software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) and SASE in managed services.

According to the survey, 98 percent of respondents want a hybrid solution that can accommodate networking and security on-premises and using cloud points of presence (PoPs), and 92 percent consider ZTNA a crucial component of SASE solutions.

When asked about the largest challenges in managing WANs, 85 percent of respondents identified complexity, followed by expertise and knowledge (68 percent). Rounding out the responses were cost (60 percent) and time (47 percent).

The study also found that 98 percent of respondents recognize the benefits of combining SD-WAN with SASE. When asked about whether they are managing end users from an on-premises or hybrid scenario, 66 percent of respondents have immediate plans for hybrid scenarios of on-premises and remote connectivity, while 32 percent are planning on rolling out hybrid capabilities over the next six to 12 months.

When asked to rank the importance of global connectivity, a majority (61 percent) ranked it as “very important,” 31 percent ranked it as “important,” while zero respondents said it wasn’t important at all.

For a free copy of the Futuriom “SD-WAN and SASE Managed Services Survey Report,” see