The term SASE (SecureAccess Service Edge) was coined by Gartner analysts Neil MacDonald and JoeS korupa in late 2019. It refers to a cloud-delivered service that combines network functions (SWG, CASB, FWaaS, ZTNA, etc.) with networking functions (primarilySD-WAN), thus making up the next generation secure access tool.
Per Gartner, key characteristics of SASE include:
- It is provided as-a-service from the cloud
- It converges security and networking capabilities
- It relies on identity as the currency
- It applies real time context and security policies
Existing security and networking paradigms are fast becoming obsolete with the transition to the cloud and the increasingly distributed nature of the enterprise (especially nowadays). SASE lays out some important principles that allow for a more flexible model to securely connect the modern enterprise.Gartner predicts that by 2024, at least 40% of enterprises will have a strategy to adopt SASE.
However, Gartner does not specify how SASE is to be implemented, and implementations vary. Many SASE solutions today are based on existing centralized products that are put together to check most of the SASE checkboxes. Ananda Networks’ solution introduces a whole new architecture, since a distributed architecture is required to solve the distributed enterprise challenge. This architecture, coupled with our networking and security knowhow, allows us to create the fastest network on the market, and one that goes beyond just the WAN function to provide a unified fabric than can solve virtually any networking use case – whether it’s the WAN, LAN, cloud, or inter-branch. For more information, see our white paper.