How to tailor SASE to your enterprise

Secure access service edge is a well-defined model, but there are variations that achieve the same ends and give businesses flexibility to meet their larger goals.

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Businesses considering the secure access service edge (SASE) model need to understand that there are numerous ways to implement it that can be tailored to their future needs and the realities of their legacy networks.

As defined by Gartner, which coined the term, SASE calls for security to be built in as part of the network and delivered as a cloud service, but that might not fit the circumstances faced by all enterprises.

Depending on their needs, it may make more sense to have SASE delivered as a managed service package or even in an architecture that includes privately owned security infrastructure that is managed from the cloud – alternatives that can achieve the same goals.

Understanding SASE options

SASE is the next step for wide area network (WAN) transformation. Current WAN architecture has largely remained the same for the better part of four decades. SD-WANs were a big leap forward and made the network more efficient but did not transform it. SASE optimizes it for current trends such as cloud, mobility and even the rise in work from home induced by COVID-19.

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