Cato Networks Breaks SASE Speed Barrier (Again) With 5 Gbps Encrypted Tunnels to Sites and the Cloud

June 13th, 2023

Cato quintuples the throughput of the nearest SASE competitor without requiring hardware upgrades, underscoring the value of a fully cloud-native platform 

TEL AVIV, Israel, June 13th, 2023 — Cato Networks, provider of the world’s leading single-vendor SASE platform, announced today a new SASE throughput record, achieving 5 Gbps on a single encrypted tunnel with all security inspections enabled. Cato is also introducing cloud cross-connect, enabling high-speed, SLA-backed, direct connectivity from Cato into nearly any cloud provider worldwide. Both capabilities extend SASE to meet the needs of today’s large, cloud-centric enterprises, and both are currently available.  

“Once again, Cato has set the mark for SASE at scale,” says Gur Shatz, Co-Founder, President, and COO of Cato Networks. “Pushing the boundary of SASE throughput worldwide is more than an engineering achievement. It demonstrates how quickly a platform with a cloud-native architecture can make new technology globally available.”   

Cato Set SASE Speed Record at 5 Gbps Throughput  

As larger enterprises adopt SASE, higher capacity connections are needed for interconnecting data centers and private clouds. Cato meets that need today with industry-leading support for 5 Gbps throughput on a single, encrypted tunnel regardless of security inspections. Previously, Cato supported a maximum of 3 Gbps per tunnel. 

The improved throughput underscores the benefits of a cloud-native architecture. Cato nearly doubled the performance of the Cato Socket, Cato’s edge SD-WAN device, without requiring any hardware changes. This was only possible because Cato runs the compute-intensive operations that normally degrade edge appliance performance – packet encryption/decryption, security inspection, and the like – in the Cato Single Pass Processing Engine (SPACE) running across Cato PoPs.  

By improving SPACE, all edges connected to the Cato SASE Cloud gain increased throughput. Replacement of the Cato Socket is not required. By contrast, SASE solutions implemented as virtual machines (VMs) in the cloud or modified web proxies remain limited to under 1 Gbps of throughput for a single tunnel. This limitation forces enterprises to have their edge appliance create and manage multiple tunnels and load-balance their traffic between them. An added layer of complexity and risk that does not exist in Cato’s solution. 

Cross-Connect Enables High-Speed Cloud Networking Worldwide 

Cato is also delivering 5 Gbps connections to other cloud providers. The new Cato cross-connect will enable private, high-speed layer-2 connections between Cato and any other cloud provider connecting to the Equinix Cloud Exchange (ECX) or Digital Reality.  

Multicloud and hybrid cloud deployments demand reliable, high-throughput connections. The Cato cross-connect meets that need, providing a private, layer-2 connection between a customer’s physical and cloud datacenter and Cato for a fixed monthly fee. For additional reliability, a high availability (HA) option is also available. 

Along with interconnecting their enterprise cloud and non-cloud resources, the Cato cross-connect also enables Cato channel partners to deliver Cato SSE 360 into legacy deployments by establishing a network-to-network interface (NNI) into the Cato SASE Cloud. Enterprises with MPLS or third-party SD-WAN infrastructure can now leverage Cato’s SSE capabilities without changing their underlying networks  

To learn more about Cato cross-connect and the rest of the Cato SASE Cloud, visit 

CLICK TO TWEET: @CatoNetwork just broke the SASE speed barrier, delivering 5 GBPS of encrypted traffic with all security inspections enabled. Click here to learn more. #SASE #Network #Speed 

Digital Assets 

Supporting Resources 

About Cato Networks 
Cato provides the world’s most robust single-vendor SASE platform, converging Cato SD-WAN and a cloud-native security service edge, Cato SSE 360, into a global cloud service. Cato SASE Cloud optimizes and secures application access for all users and locations everywhere. Using Cato, customers easily replace costly and rigid legacy MPLS with modern network architecture based on SD-WAN, secure and optimize a hybrid workforce working from anywhere, and enable seamless cloud migration. Cato enforces granular access policies, protects users against threats, and prevents sensitive data loss, all easily managed from a single pane of glass. With Cato, businesses are ready for whatever’s next.  

# # # 

Contact (media only): 

Dave Greenfield,