SASE: SD-WAN and security in one cloud strategy

A secure access service edge in one solution

What is SASE?

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”

Why Masergy for SASE

  • Global SD-network integrated with best-of-breed cybersecurity technologies
  • Hybrid next-gen firewalls and secure web gateway solutions
  • CASB solutions + identity-based WAN analytics
  • Managed security capabilities that go beyond SASE
  • SASE + AIOps: SASE with a virtual network assistant

Masergy delivers on SASE’s core capabilities and more

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.

Best-of-breed security technologies in one SASE offering

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.

Differentiated SASE capabilities

SASE Buyer’s Guide

ZK Research explains key considerations helping IT leaders navigate the emerging market of SASE.

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SASE architecture really matters

“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:

  • Our global, private network is entirely software-defined, built on a ubiquitous SD-architecture around the world
  • Every newly added security technology and application interoperates as equal partners on the same operating system
  • One ecosystem delivers the visibility and centralized management necessary in achieving superior performance
    Learn more about SASE architecture in the Straight Talk Guide to SASE

Network and security analytics all in one portal

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:

  • Shadow IT Discovery: Automatically scans and identifies potential threats from cloud-based SaaS applications running on your network
  • Identity-Based WAN Analytics: Detailed per-user statistics across all applications are essential in developing a Zero Trust security strategy
  • Full network visibility for faster security investigation and response
    • East/west and north/south (server-to-server) traffic within the data center
    • Client-to-server traffic outside the data center network

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