SD-WAN Roundup: 3 Key Factors for Vendor Selection, Cato Tackles Remote Working


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SASE provider Cato Networks made an interesting announcement related to the COVID-19 outbreak. The vendor added clientless access to its software-defined perimeter (SDP) solution. The aim is to help enterprises quickly and securely accommodate more remote workers.

Cato's Shlomo Kramer

Cato’s Shlomo Kramer

“With the global health crisis, enterprises are looking to deploy work-from-home capabilities at scale. Cato has seen remote-access adoption more than double since the outbreak of COVID-19,” Cato Networks CEO and co-founder Shlomo Kramer said. “The enhancements to Cato SDP will further help IT leaders to quickly deliver secure remote access at scale to their employees across the globe.”

ASM Assembly Systems is an electronics supplier that uses Cato. Ian Blezard, ASM’s director of infrastructure and analytics for SMT, said Cato has helped ASM connect directly to the Cato cloud to reach their applications through a “scalable remote solution,” rather than requiring them to use a VPN server.

“Cato has helped us respond to the COVID-19 outbreak significantly faster than would otherwise have been possible,” Bleazard said. We had been using a firewall as our VPN server, but when our users shifted to working from home, we saw the CPU load jump to 79% as concurrent VPN usage more than tripled. We expect to hit over 90% when our VPN usage quintuples by end of week.”

Rival vendor Aryaka Networks took a different approach to the VPN pileup by releasing an “on-ramp” for VPN concentrators.

“Most organizations offer some type of remote access solution, but they were never designed for ‘peak capacity,’ meaning to scale for the present situation where employees or students are required to work from a location distant from their corporate HQ or university campus,” said Mario Vecchio, Aryaka’s senior vice president of Asia Pacific.

Quick Hits

  • Cisco announced that it has obtained an “in process” FedRAMP designation for its SD-WAN solution. According to a company executive, Cisco is the first SD-WAN provider to achieve the status, which will eventually uniquely qualify it to serve government customers. Read the blog on Cisco’s website.
  • Oracle, which got into the SD-WAN game by acquiring Talari Networks, is planning a webinar that addresses the remote workforce trend. The webinar will particularly focus on how partners can leverage Oracle’s relationship with Microsoft. See details about the webinar.
  • The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) honored four service providers as the first to meet its new SD-WAN certification standard.  Read the story about the honorees.

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