Affordable MPLS Alternatives

The Cato Solution: 
Cloud-Native MPLS Alternative with Global Private Backbone Delivered as part of SASE

Cato’s cloud-native SD-WAN , integrated into Cato’s SASE platform, enables customers to augment and ultimately replace MPLS. Unlike Edge SD-WAN solutions that have a limited scope and persist the need for MPLS, Cato removes the dependency on MPLS. Cato further extends WAN transformation to eliminate branch security appliances, and natively support cloud applications and mobile users. With Cato, customers can maximize the benefits of transforming their WAN to reduce the cost, complexity, and risks of their IT infrastructure.

"With Cato, monthly costs dropped 25% and yet we still received 10x more bandwidth."
Willem-Jan Herckenrath
Willem-Jan Herckenrath,
Manager ICT, Alewijnse


Eliminating the Need for MPLS

Edge SD-WAN architectures enable organizations to use multiple transports (MPLS and Internet) in branch locations, for WAN connectivity. However, they persist the dependency on MPLS for predictable delivery of latency and loss-sensitive applications.

Cato Solution

Cloud-Native SD-WAN

Cato provides cloud-native SD-WAN with a built-in global private backbone and integrated network security, delivered as a cloud service. With over 50 PoPs worldwide, interconnected with tier-1 global IP transit providers, Cato provides consistent and predictable global connectivity at an affordable price.

Traditional Solutions vs. Cato Solution



Guaranteed Network Performance

Persists Reliance on MPLS

Edge SD-WAN integrates Internet transport into an MPLS WAN. However, since the Internet can’t provide consistent and predictable latency on a global scale, MPLS is required for latency and loss sensitive applications.

Full MPLS Replacement

Cato built a global private backbone that runs an integrated networking and security software stack. Cato’s PoPs are fully meshed over multiple tier-1 IP transit providers with SLA-backed latency and packet loss. With Cato, customers can use high-quality, Internet last-mile and the Cato Cloud to replace MPLS.

Integrated Network Security

Complex and Costly Security Integration

Edge SD-WAN enables the use of Internet links for WAN transport and can provide direct Internet access at the branch. However, it doesn’t include a full network security stack and requires customers to deploy additional security solutions at every location, backhaul traffic to a datacenter, or use cloud-based security services.

Built-In Network Security

Cato provides a full network security stack, including FWaaS, secure web gateway, anti-malware and IPS built into its global private backbone. There’s no need to deploy branch security appliances, backhaul traffic, or introduce new security services. All policies are managed within Cato’s management application.

Supported Edges

Cloud and Mobile are Ignored

Edge SD-WAN was designed with physical locations in mind. Typical WAN architectures treat cloud datacenters and mobile users as an afterthought

Full Support for All Edges

Cato connects all enterprise edges including physical locations, cloud infrastructure, and mobile users. SD-WAN and network security are available globally and for traffic from all sources.

Cato Networks
recognized 12x
by Gartner

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  • Hype Cycle for Business Continuity Management and IT Resilience, 2021
  • Gartner Hype Cycle for Enterprise Networking, 2021
  • Gartner Hype Cycle for Cloud Security, 2021
  • Gartner Hype Cycle for Midsize Enterprises, 2021
  • Gartner Hype Cycle for Threat-Facing Technologies, 2019
  • Gartner Hype Cycle for Edge Computing, 2021
  • Gartner Hype Cycle for Network Security, 2021
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