In the world of next generation and emerging technology, Edge networking is unquestionably a hot topic. With 70% of the worlds data created at a network edge, IT professionals are challenged with what platforms of technology are needing to be implemented on your network edge or branch locations.
Not only do we have to think about branches. What about a farmer sending GPS data to the cloud for more accurate planting and fertilization? The Edge is among us, and let the challenges of securing and delivering maximum WAN performance at the edge is key. SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) is the latest platform in delivering a secure edge.
What is SASE? SASE is an emerging enterprise strategy that combines network and security functions with WAN capabilities to support the dynamic, secure access needs of today’s organizations. Conceptually, SASE converges SD-WAN and network security services—including next-generation firewall (NGFW), secure web gateway (SWG), Zero-trust network access (ZTNA), and cloud access security brokers (CASB)—into a single service model. This model can be delivered at many public cloud edges as well – giving you flexibility in today’s multi-cloud world.
Why would you look at SASE? Today’s organizations require immediate, uninterrupted access to network and cloud-based resources and data, including business-critical applications, no matter where their users are located. The challenge is that many of the problems resulting from digital innovation efforts—such as dynamically changing network configurations and the rapid expansion of the attack surface—mean that traditional security solutions no longer provide the level of speed, performance, security, and access control that organizations and users require. Therefore, the SASE concept is a logical evolution of needs and tech trends that have been converging in IT and security for years now.