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An ideal SASE solution provides consistent, secure access from anywhere, but not all vendors are up to the challenge. Look for a SASE vendor that can deliver integrated networking and security to reduce operational complexity. A SASE solution should also take a cloud-first approach, offer robust intrinsic security capabilities, including Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) and scalable network capabilities like cloud-based SD-WAN.
Adoption of SASE enables benefits such as better application performance and improved data security, enabling consistently optimized network access from anywhere. In addition, the best SASE solutions deliver operational simplicity and are based on a cloud-first approach.
SASE solves many challenges, such as operational complexity and compromised cybersecurity. However, since SASE combines networking and security, it can be a challenge to implement when teams are siloed. Selecting vendors can also be an issue, especially when multiple products or vendors are required.
Businesses are moving applications to the cloud while allowing users to access them remotely. At the same time, companies must protect themselves from ever-evolving security threats. SASE allows IT to support these changes by providing the same experience whether users are in the office or outside it. SASE combines network and security services to enable a unified edge and cloud service model.
If you're ready to adopt SASE, make sure your IT teams are prepared. Since SASE combines networking and security functions, siloed networking and security teams present a hurdle to adoption. It's also important to find a vendor that offers flexibility and ideally stick to one or two vendors to reduce complexity.