Filling the Gaps: How Should Vendors Look to Consolidate Their SASE Solutions?

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By Reece Hayden | 1Q 2022 | IN-6443


Networking and Security Gaps Pervade SASE


A hybrid workforce, a reliance on cloud applications, a sprawling Wide Area Network (WAN), and a demand for enterprise digitalization are just some of the drivers behind an on-going shift in data-consumption patterns and increasing demand for Secure Access Service Edge (SASE). SASE is viewed by many as the next big step in WAN management and security. With it, networking and security converge within a cloud-native platform, extending security services to the edge of enterprise WAN. This convergence reduces cloud application latency, ensures real-time network provisioning to remote knowledge workers, and limits security gaps within an enterprise’s WAN through zero-trust principles. SASE theoretically includes Software Defined-WAN (SD-WAN) and various security services converged in a single software stack, delivered as either on-premises hardware or on within a cloud native platform. However, current SASE solution immaturity means that for all vendors, theory does not match reality. As architectural gaps continue to pervade vendor solutions creating WAN friction and negati…

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