Cato replaces the capabilities of these appliances with one or two small appliances (similar to home routers) and a cloud service. The cloud service is responsible for all the “heavy lifting” that would often require multiple appliances in each location while the Cato edge appliances only manage the connection to the cloud service.
The cloud service is shared across tens of thousands of locations and hundreds of thousands of users. A single machine within a Cato Point of Presence (PoP) in the cloud can serve hundreds of locations instead of using hundreds of networking and security appliances in these locations. The Cato Cloud architecture is built to seamlessly load balance incoming traffic across multiple machines keeping the Cato infrastructure “at work”. And, because the Cato architecture is built on cloud-first principles, new capabilities are deployed in the cloud and new appliances are avoided at the location.
But, carbon footprint reduction isn’t just about eliminating appliances. The power used in many datacenters Cato uses comes from renewable sources, so centralizing infrastructure in the cloud has virtually no carbon footprint at all.
Cato is committed to helping organizations make IT infrastructure simple, agile, and flexible. In the process, we replace oversized and underused resource “hogs” with efficient infrastructure powered by green energy.