The term Secure Access Service Edge (SASE, pronounced “sassy”) defines a new category of converged solutions combining WAN capabilities with network security functions. By uniting point technologies into one cloud platform, silos are broken and IT complexity is replaced by visibility and ease of management. Under the SASE model, network and security have officially come together to create synergy across both IT domains.
While solutions vary across providers, SASE typically includes:
“SASE adoption has accelerated by 94% due to the need for digital services and remote work”
CIO “SASE Market Trends Study”
Security must be intrinsic to the network, and Masergy has been uniting the two IT domains into one service strategy for years. Masergy embeds security into our SD-WAN and private SD-network, meeting the key tenets of Gartner’s Secure Access Security Edge (SASE) model. Plus, clients get the freedom to choose from a wide menu of other network and security services.
Masergy has integrated market-leading cybersecurity technologies with its secure edge network, partnering with Leaders in their respective Gartner Magic Quadrants to deliver a converged solution.
Coming soon: Masergy continues to build capabilities for single sign-on, authentication, and authorization based on user, device, and location, which enforces highly granular access controls on a need-to-have basis.
“Be wary of vendors that deliver SASE by linking a large number of features via virtual machine service chaining, especially when products come from a number of acquisitions or partnerships. This approach will result in inconsistent services, poor manageability, and high latency,” warned Andrew Lerner, V.P. of Networking Research at Gartner, in his article introducing SASE.
You can avoid patchworked SASE services by understanding the degree to which the underlying architecture is standardized. The key is to have one transparent ecosystem enabling a common infrastructure with interoperability and visibility from edge to edge. Providers typically use their own network to serve as the SASE platform, and it’s here where Masergy stands out:
In 2017, Masergy began building security analytics into our network services management portal. Clients immediately noticed greater visibility for performance optimization and accelerated security threat response. The client portal includes security features like:
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