Exploring a Managed Services Approach to SASE

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Enterprise environments have become more distributed through the use of public cloud services and increased prevalence of remote work. As a result, traditional architectures that backhaul traffic via MPLS connections to siloed and on-premises security tools for inspection have become outdated.

To address these issues, secure access service edge (SASE) has emerged as a framework for converging software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) and security capabilities to drive more effective security, better performance and user experience, and improved operational efficiency.

Organizations have to embrace the convergence of networking and security and work to create integrated teams that can provide comprehensive solutions. However, most organizations, deeply entrenched in digital transformation initiatives, lack the time and skilled resources to deploy the network and security solutions required to get started on building out a SASE framework. To that end, this paper explores:  

  • The varied SASE approaches and resulting market confusion
  • Anticipated security and business advantages from SASE
  • Benefits of working with a managed service provider for SASE

Planning, implementing, and operating a full SASE approach involves many tools and capabilities. As you consider your organization’s SASE journey, read ESG’s exploration of a managed services approach today.