With an eye towards significantly bolstering its edge networking offerings, Palo Alto has entered into an agreement to buy cloud-based SD-WAN vendor CloudGenix for $420 million in cash.\nPalo Alto said upon the completion of the acquisition it will integrate CloudGenix's cloud-managed SD-WAN products to accelerate the intelligent onboarding of remote branches and retail stores into its Prisma Access package.\u00a0\n\nAnnounced in May 2019, Palo Alto\u2019s Prisma is a cloud-based security package that includes access control, advanced threat protection, user behavior monitoring and\u00a0 other services that promise to protect enterprise applications and resources.\nIn November, Palo Alto brought SD-WAN support into Primsa with the introduction of Access, which the company described as a cloud-based, secure-access service edge (SASE) platform.\u00a0 Gartner says SASE-based systems meld features of edge computing, security, and wide-area networking (WAN) into a single cloud-managed package.\n\u201cSASE is in the early stages of development. Its evolution and demand are being driven by the needs of digital business transformation due to the adoption of SaaS and other cloud-based services accessed by increasingly distributed and mobile workforces, and to the adoption of edge computing,\u201d Gartner stated.\nFounded in 2013, CloudGenix\u2019s flagship offering, AppFabric, lets customers set and manage application policies for WAN environments. Cloud-based AppFabric includes what the company calls Autonomous SD-WAN which \u201cautomatically builds the secure network and takes corrective actions when performance or availability issues are encountered.\u201d\nThe idea is to extend the breadth of the Prisma Access SASE platform, address network and security transformation requirements, and accelerate the shift from SD-WAN to SASE, Palo Alto stated.\u00a0\n\u201cPalo Alto had some lightweight SD-WAN offerings, and this move significantly adds to it because CloudGenix technology is strong,\u201d said Lee Doyle, principal analyst at Doyle Research. \u201cIt\u2019s the logical intersection between security and SD-WAN and significantly moves along Palo Alto\u2019s move toward SASE.\u201d\nThe Palo Alto\/CloudGenix combination will also go against some big SD-WAN players such as Cisco and VMware.\nWith the CloudGenix buy, Palo Alto has made well over $1.4 billion worth of acquisitions in the past year or so, grabbing up security firms, Demisto, Twistlock and PureSec in 2019 alone. CloudGenix has roughly 250 customers, including companies in healthcare, finance, retail, and manufacturing, the company stated.