The Convergence of Conventional Technologies with Cloud and Zero Trust Lean into SASE
The need for a next generation of converged networking and security is now accepted and well understood.
Post COVID-19 WFH and the adoption of newer technology, combined with the ubiquitous availability of mobile devices, pre-G5 high-speed connectivity and multiple cloud-based services, have resulted in a permanent alteration of how and where people work.
Secure access service edge (SASE) has entered upon this stage and is immediately being touted as the end-all solution by a host of vendors who are clamoring to become leaders in the space. A recent report by Dell’Oro Group noted that SASE is expected to grow at a CAGR of 116% from last year to 2024, or more than 20% per year!
SASE blends SD-WAN, cloud, firewalls, secure web gateways, and security functions like zero trust to help remote workers safely access their connectivity services regardless of where they may be located.
This new reality has complicated the provisioning of networking and security capabilities and has challenged the need to inject new business processes into old network and security architectures. The result has been major inefficiencies in traffic routing, redundancies in equipment spending, and serious gaps in security protections.