(05/10/22)  SITA has partnered with Versa Networks, a recognized secure access service edge (SASE) company, to launch SITA Connect Go, a multi-tenant edge Secure SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide Area Network) solution designed specifically for the air transport industry.

SITA Connect Go, a software-based solution, allows multiple airlines, ground handlers and other tenants to securely access the same virtualized infrastructure at airports and in the cloud, delivering more scalable and agile connectivity.

The technology not only brings greater flexibility and innovation to support the airline industry’s journey into multi-cloud adoption, but also means airlines can make rapid route changes and use shared airport infrastructure without a huge upfront investment.

London Heathrow T2. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

London Heathrow T2. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com

Hector Avalos, VP MSP EMEA of Versa Networks, said, “We are delighted to partner with SITA to meet the connectivity needs of today’s air transport industry. With today’s shifting travel landscape, industry stakeholders need greater connectivity, agility, unprecedented reliability and airtight network security. We have tailored the new solution to meet these requirements and power the future of air travel.”

SITA Connect Go was built with cybersecurity at its core, providing a multi-layered security design with a cloud-native network and security suite for users wherever they are.

Users also benefit from the confidence that the software-based solution will adapt as new industry requirements arise, allowing them to adopt new functionalities as they are introduced without having to invest in costly upgrades.

Martin Smillie, Senior Vice President, SITA Communications & Data Exchange, said, “As a longstanding industry partner trusted with bridging more than 60% of the air transport community’s data exchange, we are proud to introduce the next generation of SDN technology. The current volatile economic environment requires that airlines adjust to passenger peaks and troughs, wherever they want to fly. In Versa, we have found a tried-and-tested partner with market-leading technology to support the complex requirements specific to the air transport industry. We look forward to helping our customers reap the benefits.”

SITA’s extensive network connectivity currently bridges over 600 airports and more than 750 destinations worldwide.

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