SD-WAN edge solutions can provide Direct Internet Access (DIA) at the branch. However, they typically don’t include a full network security stack and entail deploying security appliances at every location. In addition, there’s a need to backhaul Internet traffic to a secure location, overloading expensive MPLS links and impacting the user experience.
Cato connects all enterprise resources to Cato Cloud, a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) platform, built on a global private backbone of 65+ PoPs. All Cato PoPs include a complete network security stack, providing enterprise-grade security at any location, without the need for dedicated appliances or traffic backhauling. Branch offices and datacenters are easily connected via Cato Sockets (zero-touch devices), or by establishing an IPsec tunnel from any security device into Cato Cloud.
Cato combines real-time monitoring, policy-based routing (PBR), and business policies to select the optimum path for every packet, minimizing latency. Furthermore, Cato connects the branch to the nearest Cato PoP, optimizing the network and avoiding the latency MPLS backhaul adds to Internet traffic flows.
By making security available in every PoP, Cato secures all traffic without backhaul and Internet chokepoints. Cato offers a fully managed suite of enterprise-grade network security capabilities built directly into the network.
Capacity constraints are easily overcome by balancing traffic across multiple links (Active-Active mode) and moving Internet traffic onto DIA lines. Cato Sockets fully support hybrid configurations, in which MPLS and Internet access lines run in parallel, simplifying the introduction of DIA lines into MPLS-only sites.
Cato Sockets automatically configure themselves for high availability (HA) when deployed on the same segment. There’s no additional, recurring charge for HA capability. Redundancy is also applied, where the branch is automatically connected to an available Cato PoP for continuous protection. In the event of a blackout or brownout, Cato Sockets automatically failover between lines, using predefined policies to prioritize access.
Enterprises can manage their entire security and networking infrastructure through a single pane of glass – Cato’s Management Application. And with security in the cloud, Cato eliminates the cost of maintaining appliance sprawl. Cato continuously monitors, analyzes, and tunes all security engines, risk data feeds, and databases, optimizing customer protection.