Availability and Buying Options in the Emerging SASE Market

The opportunity described by Gartner analysts as secure access service edge, or SASE, is at this point not so much a market as an aspirational description of where the now-separate networking and security markets need to come together to better serve the needs of the digitally transformed enterprise.

The enterprise architectures of the past, based on separate networking and security infrastructures, no longer fit the needs of most enterprises. They were designed to backhaul traffic from remote branch offices and mobile VPN clients to a central location where network traffic is monitored for performance issues, malicious activity, and malware before sending the traffic to its destination,which was often in the same data center. However, the once-centralized applications that end users seek to access no longer universally reside in those concentrated data centers as enterprises more fully embrace cloud services of all kinds.

Thanks to the global COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting and rapid shift to work from home operations, digital transformation initiatives have advanced at a much more rapid pace than the industry anticipated.