Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), a network architecture merging security with SD-WAN, creates a single, unified cloud service. The evolution of wide area networks from SD-WAN to SASE, explored in our recent article, allows you to use the power of your network and security as a business enabler.
SASE empowers your IT teams to administer networks with low-latency access to applications with unified security policies that can be virtually (and quickly) applied anywhere you conduct business. These advancements in network architecture make it much easier for network and security administrators to know what applications and data are being accessed, and by whom.
That’s only the start of SASE value.
The Top Benefits of SASE?
Lower cost, less complexity
One big benefit of SASE combining security with SD-WAN into a single, cloud-native solution is significantly lower cost. Instead of multiple providers (two, three, sometimes more) for secure network connections, you can invest in one provider (e.g., AT&T, or numerous others). You can also eliminate some physical appliances, which simplifies and lowers the expense of ongoing upgrades, patches, and maintenance.
Another benefit of reducing multiple vendors to one is simplifying your IT teams’ workload. Fewer resources are needed to monitor network performance and security – SASE controls both from a single solution.
Better network performance, scalability, and agility
Let your business fully leverage the potential of the cloud with SASE. Opening a new branch? Get it up and running faster with just an Internet connection, instead of waiting for an individualized configuration or for physical hardware to be installed. Slow network performance or unreliability? No more IT teams’ resources will be wasted on an influx of support tickets. SASE solutions ensure your connections have reliable low latency connections to keep data flowing as fast as you need.
Access the hyper-scalability and elasticity within WAN infrastructure you need, thanks to SASE. You’ll be able to scale up and down with streamlined provisioning times while minimizing the IT load needed to make it happen.
Consistent data protection and security — at all points
From threat prevention to NGFW policies, to any edge, SASE delivers all the security services you need to keep your network secure everywhere. Ensure zero-trust network access. Know who and what is on your network, and protect all assets on and off the network when SASE combines network and security in a single cloud platform.
This is especially important with the rise of remote work and shadow IT. Your IT teams will have visibility into what applications (approved or not) are on your network, and be able to react correctly. Your teams will have an easier time achieving compliance for the entire network, including cloud, mobile, and on-premise segments. You’ll allow secure access only to the data required to complete job duties.
Lower admin time and effort delivers a better UXPrior to SASE, IT teams needed to administer and manage vendor relationships to deal with SWG, SD-WAN, NGFW, and VPN devices across all locations. With SASE, there is one vendor and one central cloud-based management application your team can control and service from a single point. Because of this flow efficiency, resource-hogging tasks like maintenance patches and hardware replacements are less needed and your IT team is free to spend more time on network and security monitoring.
Want to see how much SASE will benefit you?
With rapid network expansion impacting all businesses — and the increased need to protect your data everywhere — SASE offers the most efficient solution to meet IT challenges you face today.
Talk with our network and security experts and find out how else you can benefit from SASE — and which vendor best fits your networking requirements.