Global Private Backbone

Cato Cloud runs on a private global backbone of 45+ PoPs connected via multiple SLA-backed network providers. The PoPs software continuously monitors the providers for latency, packet loss, and jitter to determine, in real-time, the best route for every packet.

Cato’s backbone design delivers end-to-end route optimization for WAN and cloud traffic, and a self-healing architecture for maximum service uptime. Our customers experience connectivity that is superior to the unpredictable public Internet and more affordable than global MPLS  and other legacy backbones.

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Edge SD-WAN

The Cato Socket SD-WAN device connects a physical location to the nearest Cato PoP via one or more last mile connections. Customers can choose any mix of fiber, cable, xDSL, and 4G/LTE connections.

The Socket applies multiple traffic management capabilities such as active-active link usage, application- and user-aware QoS prioritization, dynamic path selection to work around link blackouts and brownouts, and packet duplication to overcome packet loss. 

The Socket can also route site-to-site traffic over MPLS and the Internet to address regional and application-specific requirements. 

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Security as a Service

Cato uses a full enterprise-grade network security stack natively built into the Cato Cloud to inspect all WAN and Internet traffic.

Security layers include an application-aware next-generation firewall-as-a-Service (FWaaS), secure web gateway with URL filtering (SWG), standard and next-generation anti-malware (NGAV), and a managed IPS-as-a-Service (IPS). Cato can further secure your network with a comprehensive Managed Threat Detection and Response (MDR) service to detect compromised endpoints.

All layers scale to decrypt and inspect all customer traffic, without the need for sizing, patching, or upgrading of appliances and other point solutions. Security policies and events are managed using the self-service Cato Management Application.

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Security as a service

Cato Recognized by Gartner Market Guides and Hype Cycles

  • Gartner Market Guide for Managed SD-WAN Services
    May 2019
  • Gartner Market Guide for Secure Enterprise Data Communications
    April 2019
  • Gartner Market Guide for Zero Trust Network Access
    April 2019
  • Gartner Midmarket Context: 'Magic Quarant for WAN Edge'
    December 2019
  • Gartner Hype Cycle for Enterprise Networking, 2019
    July 2019
  • Gartner Hype Cycle for Cloud Security, 2019
    July 2019
  • Gartner Hype Cycle for Midsize Enterprises, 2019
    July 2019
  • Gartner Hype Cycle for Threat-Facing Technologies, 2019
    April 2019
  • Gartner Hype Cycle for Edge Computing, 2019
    August 2019

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Cloud data center integration

Cloud Datacenter Integration

Cato integrates with major cloud providers, such as Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud with secure IPSec tunnels. By using its global backbone to optimally route traffic from the edge to the cloud providers, Cato eliminates the need for premium cloud connectivity solutions such as AWS DirectConnect and Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute.

The integration is agentless and connecting a cloud datacenter to Cato takes minutes. There is no need to deploy or pay for cloud server instances. Lastly, all traffic is subject to full security inspection with Cato’s built-in security stack.

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Cloud Application Acceleration

Cato optimally routes public cloud application traffic, such as Office 365, UCaaS, and Cloud ERP from the edge and to the doorstep of the cloud application’s datacenter. Cato’s built-in cloud acceleration maximizes end-to-end throughput up to 20x, boosting application performance for bandwidth-intensive operations like file upload and download.

All traffic and files exchanged with the cloud application are fully inspected by Cato security stack to protect end users from malicious files and network-based attacks.

Secure Remote Access

Cato Cloud delivers the full range of network and security capabilities to protect remote users with laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Using a Cato Client or clientless browser access (SDP), users connect to the nearest Cato PoP. Remote users’ traffic is optimally routed over the Cato backbone to on-premises or cloud applications.

Remote users’ traffic is fully inspected by Cato’s security stack, ensuring enterprise-grade protection to users everywhere. Compromising on security or forcing a painful backhaul into a datacenter firewall is no longer a trade-off you need to make.

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Cato Management Application

Cato provides a cloud-based and self-service management application to control the entire service. It includes full network and security policy configuration, and detailed analytics on network traffic and security events. To experience the ease of use and deep visibility of Cato Management Application, please request a demo.

Self-service management is a unique advantage of Cato over legacy managed network services providers that require customers to submit tickets for any change to the network. If needed, Cato and its partners offer managed service options. In all cases, Cato maintains the underlying platform so customers do not need to upgrade, patch, or otherwise maintain the Cato Cloud.

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