What are the Benefits of SASE?

SASE creates a holistic platform that connects all edges to the networking and security capabilities an enterprise requires. Some of the key benefits a SASE platform provides include:

  • Moving faster and boosting performance

    Provisioning of new resources and capabilities is fast and simple with SASE. All that’s needed is to deploy an edge client, connect to the SASE platform, and corporate policies drive the network and security experience. IT doesn’t need to waste time on maintaining on-premises infrastructure, and can focus instead on driving business growth.

  • Increasing security via a unified policy

    ​​With a full security stack built into the SASE’s underlying infrastructure, all edges enjoy the same level of protection from a unified policy. IT has full visibility into the network as all WAN and Internet traffic passes through the SASE Cloud. There are no blind spots and IT is able to easily maintain control of the entire network via a single pane of glass.

  • Removing complexity and reducing cost

    The simplification of the network and security stack, together with the consolidation of multiple point products, eliminates the need for any CAPEX purchases and in-house management and maintenance. All costs are transformed to OPEX.

What are the key components of SASE?

  • Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN)

    SD-WAN enables optimal WAN management. SASE leverages SD-WAN capabilities to provide optimized network routing, global connectivity, WAN and Internet security, cloud acceleration, and remote access

  • Firewall as a Service (FWaaS)

    A firewall is the foundation of any network security stack. SASE includes FWaaS to provide the scalability and elasticity needed for the digital business and to extend a full network security stack wherever needed

  • Zero-Trust Network Access (ZTNA)

    ZTNA offers a modern approach to securing application access for users. It embraces a zero-trust policy, where application access dynamically adjusts based on user identity, location, device type, and more

  • Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB)

    CASB helps enterprises adapt to the new threats that come with cloud computing. When delivered as part of a SASE service, the complexity of integrating CASB with other point security solutions is eliminated

  • Secure Web Gateway (SWG)

    SWG solutions protect users against malware, phishing, and other web-borne threats. SASE offers SWG protection to all users, at all locations, and eliminates the need to maintain policies across multiple point solutions

  • Unified Management

    SASE solves the complexity of managing multiple disparate products. A true SASE allows users to monitor and manage all network and security solutions from a single pane of glass

Cato Networks is the World’s First SASE Platform

Cato SASE Cloud is a proven SASE platform you can deploy today. Cato’s cloud-native architecture converges SD-WAN, a global private backbone, a full network security stack, and seamless support for cloud resources and mobile devices.

Customers easily connect physical locations, cloud resources, and mobile users to Cato SASE Cloud, and IT teams immediately benefit from the agility of a unified network and security service managed through a single, self-service console.

With Cato Networks, we got the functionality of SD-WAN, a global backbone, and security service for our sites and mobile users integrated together and at a fraction of the cost.
Willem-Jan Herckenrath,
Manager ICT, Alewijnse


Point Solutions for Networking and Security are too Complex to Manage and Costly to Own

Current networking and security solutions are incompatible with the cloud-centric and mobile-first digital business. The network is rigid and static, and security is heavily fragmented across multiple domains. Together, networking and security are slowing down the business instead of enabling innovation and agility.

Cato Networks Solution

Cloud-native Convergence of Networking and Security enables Simplicity, Agility, and Lower Costs

Cato Networks is delivering the world’s first SASE platform, (and has been recognized by Gartner as a “Sample Vendor” in the SASE category of the “Hype Cycle for Enterprise Networking, 2019”) through a globally distributed cloud service that provides enterprise network and security capabilities to all edges.


Cato SASE Cloud

Service Agility

Slow and Cumbersome

IT teams have to configure multiple solutions through multiple consoles, struggling to maintain consistency and control of the infrastructure. Provisioning new resources is slow and dependent on complex multi-product integrations.

Quick and Easy

Cato Networks enables IT teams to deliver optimized networking and powerful security to all sites, applications, and users regardless of location. Provisioning new resources is fast and simple with the full range of Cato’s optimization and security capabilities instantly available.

Visibility and Control

The Dreaded Silos

Technical silos created by point solutions limit collaboration across teams. Lack of visibility and fragmented control leads to slower troubleshooting, increased security exposure, and overall lower satisfaction levels from the business.

Teamwork, Regained

IT teams leverage Cato’s converged software stack to maximize visibility into network traffic and security events. From the same interface, IT professionals configure and enforce corporate policies across the business. This enables better cross-team collaboration, improving overall service delivery to the business.

Infrastructure Management

Boatload of Busy Work

Owning and managing multiple on-premise solutions for networking and security forces IT teams to spend a lot of time on generic, day-to-day management, scaling, sizing, and upgrading of products. This leaves them little to no time to get business-specific projects done.

Focus on the Business

With Cato Networks, IT teams are relieved of the grunt work of maintaining the infrastructure. Cato Networks ensures the service is up-to-date and ready to optimize and secure all customer network traffic everywhere. This enables IT to focus precious resources and skills on business-specific requirements.

Cost Effectiveness

Complexity is Expensive

Buying, integrating and maintaining multiple products is costly. Each product has to be sized to support current needs and future growth and often requires upgrades as requirements change. As the number of point products grow, complexity increases exponentially. And, moving complexity to the service providers only increases their costs, leading enterprises paying more or suffering lower quality of service.

Simplicity Costs Less

Cato Networks dramatically simplifies the delivery of networking and security to the business. The capabilities you require are built in not bolted on and there is no need to size, scale, or maintain the Cato Networks service. Cato’s converged, cloud-based platform and flexible management options enables significant cost reduction.

SASE Value for WAN Transformation

Digital transformation and the WAN transformation it mandates doesn’t happen overnight. It is often comprised of multiple projects involving SD-WAN, Internet security, cloud migration, mobile access, and more.

When considering your next incremental investment in your network (SD-WAN, a global connectivity solution, or a security solution), ask yourself if the right decision is choosing a point solution that addresses the current project needs, or a strategic SASE platform that can address both current and future projects requirements.

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SASE: A single platform that can support your current and future IT projects

  • What is SASE used for?

    SASE is used to deliver converged enterprise network and security services from a globally distributed cloud service. SASE overcomes the cost, complexity and rigidity of loosely integrated and geographically bound point solutions. When combined with a global private backbone, SASE can also address WAN and cloud connectivity challenges.

  • What is the difference between point solutions (SD-WAN, NGFW, SWG, VPN) and SASE?

    Point solutions such as SD-WAN, NGFW, SWG, and VPN address specific networking and security requirements. The need to buy, size, scale, and maintain each solution separately, makes IT infrastructure complex and costly. SASE is a transformational alternative to those legacy technological silos. It provides as a globally distributed cloud service that replaces physical and virtual point solution with a cost effective, scalable and agile alternative.

  • What is the difference between SD-WAN and SASE?

    SD-WAN is a key component of the SASE platform that connects branch locations and datacenters to the SASE cloud service. SASE extends SD-WAN to address the full WAN transformation journey that includes security, cloud, and mobility at a global scale.

  • Why is SASE important?

    SASE is important because the convergence of network and security into a cloud-native service allows IT teams to connect and secure all business locations and users in an agile, cost-effective and scalable way.

  • Is SASE better than point solutions (SD-WAN, NGFW, SWG, VPN)?

    As a result of the move to the cloud and an increasing mobile workforce, point solutions can only deliver the capabilities the business needs at a growing complexity and costs. SASE’s converged, cloud-native, and globally distributed architecture easily delvers the capabilities the business needs to all users and locations everywhere. SASE therefore overcomes the cost, complexity and high overhead of running numerous legacy point solutions.

  • Is SASE better than SD WAN?

    SD-WAN is just the first step in the WAN transformation journey. It lacks key security functions, global connectivity capabilities, and support for cloud resources and mobile users. A full SASE platform can support the entire WAN transformation journey, as it enables IT to provide the network and security functions the business needs in an agile and cost-effective way.

  • How secure is SASE?

    SASE is secured end-to-end. All communication across the SASE platform is encrypted. Threat prevention capabilities including decryption, firewalling, URL filtering, anti-malware, and IPS are natively integrated into SASE, and are globally available to all connected edges.

  • What is not SASE?

    SASE is a cloud service that is identity-driven, cloud-native, globally distributed, and supports all edges. Alternative architectures, such as service chaining appliances, hosting appliances and virtual machines, and telco bundles, are based on point solutions not a converged software stack designed for the cloud.

Cato Networks
recognized 12x
by Gartner

  • Gartner Market Guide for Managed SD-WAN Services
  • Gartner Market Guide for Virtual Private Networks
  • Gartner Market Guide for Zero Trust Network Access
  • 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
  • Gartner Hype Cycle for Workplace Infrastructure and Operations, 2021
  • Gartner Hype Cycle for Cloud Computing, 2021

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