Secure, Global SD-WAN as a Service

SD-WAN or software-defined wide area network is a new way to manage and optimize a wide area network (WAN). SD-WAN was created to overcome the high bandwidth costs and the rigidity of MPLS services. It does that by incorporating Internet transports (such as Cable, DSL, Fiber and 4G) into the WAN and forming a virtual overlay across all transports.

The SD-WAN measures the real-time transport quality (latency and packet loss) and uses Policy-based Routing (PbR) to route application-specific traffic over the most appropriate transport.

Secure, global SD-WAN, delivered as a service, provides the core benefits of SD-WAN while enabling secure direct internet access, SLA-backed connectivity, and seamless extension of the WAN to cloud datacenters and mobile users.

Conventional, Appliance-based SD-WAN Challenges

By introducing Internet transports into the MPLS WAN, SD-WAN can expand WAN capacity and offload Internet-bound traffic at the branch. Yet, conventional SD-WANs fail to address network security requirements of accessing Internet and cloud resources and the need to continue and rely on MPLS for latency sensitive apps. Below are the main challenges left unaddressed by conventional SD-WANs.

The Cato Solution:
Secure, Global SD-WAN as a Service

Cato is providing a fully converged SD-WAN and network security, delivered as a service, where SD-WAN is the enabling network infrastructure. Core SD-WAN capabilities, such as policy based routing and transport agnostic overlay, are extended to address key problems with conventional SD-WAN.

Latency

No global latency controls persists MPLS spend

One of the main benefits of SD-WAN is MPLS cost reduction. But since SD-WAN uses the public Internet where latency is unpredictable, enterprises need to maintain some MPLS capacity to support latency-sensitive applications.

Replace, not just augment, MPLS

Cato provides its own global, affordable, SLA-backed backbone. With Cato, customers can move to a combination of a high quality Internet last mile and the Cato Cloud to augment and ultimately replace MPLS.The Cato Cloud is strategically deployed to accelerate access to key cloud application like Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and Office 365.

Secure Internet Access

No network security capabilities

SD-WAN directs WAN traffic across encrypted Internet tunnels. This provides the most basic security needed to send traffic over a public network. However, accessing websites and cloud applications directly from the remote office and not backhauling to a datacenter, requires a network security stack to protect users against phishing, malware and other threats. This security stack often includes a next generation firewall (NGFW), URL filtering, anti-malware, IPS and more. SD-WAN solutions must partner with network security vendors for this functionality, complicating and fragmenting network and security policy management.

Cloud-based network security everywhere

Cato provides a full enterprise-grade, network security stack built directly into its backbone. There is no need to backhaul traffic to specific choke points or introduce 3rd party security products service chained together. All network and security policies are configured within Cato’s cloud-based management application.

Cloud and Mobile Support

No support for cloud infrastructure and mobile users

SD-WAN solutions were designed to reduce spend on MPLS connectivity between physical locations. For legacy WAN architectures, cloud data center integration was an afterthought and mobile support was not a consideration. Yet, cloud and mobility represent a big part of how business is done today.

Seamless support for cloud infrastructure and mobile users

Cato was designed to easily connect all enterprise resources into the WAN, regardless if they’re physical locations, cloud resources, or fixed and mobile users. With Cato, SD-WAN capabilities are available everywhere and to all resources without the need to introduce point solutions.

The Cato Solution:

Secure, Global SD-WAN as a Service

Cato’s Secure, Global SD-WAN enables customers to eliminate multiple point products and the cost, complexity and risk associated with maintaining them. With Cato, WAN transformation will not merely end in MPLS cost avoidance, but present a full roadmap for streamlining the networking and security infrastructure of the organization.

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Customer Case-study

Alewijnse Reduces MPLS Costs

Alewijnse is distributed globally across Europe, Middle East and Asia. We were looking to simplify and improve our network and security infrastructure, reduce the cost of MPLS and be more flexible and fast in adding temporary project locations to our WAN. Multiple providers were considered to address these needs, but Cato enabled us to meet all of them with a single platform.

In the first phase we connected three of our offices in the Netherlands, Romania, Vietnam with our datacenter. We successfully replaced our MPLS last-mile links with Internet links while maintaining the quality of our high definition video conferencing system and our Citrix platform for 2D and 3D CAD across the company.

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MPLS, SD-WANs, and the Promise of N+SaaS

As business has evolved so too the network perimeter has dissolved. Fixed locations have given way to mobile users, corporate applications to cloud services, and servers to cloud instances. Security threats have skyrocketed and so have our security appliances. No longer is there a safe corporate network and dangerous Internet, there is only the network, or at least there should be.

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