Dell’Oro Group Sees SASE CAGR of 116%

November 2, 2020

A report by Dell’Oro Group finds the emerging Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) market is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 116 percent over the next five years (2019-2024). SASE comprises the integration of SD-WAN, Secure Web Gateway, and Firewall technologies that brings networking and security into a unified, cloud-based service offering to increase the scalability, agility, and security of the network while reducing the total cost of ownership.

“SASE holds great appeal because it unifies and simplifies networking and security across a wide variety of network use cases, ranging from larger headquarter/branch networks down to individual users,” said Mauricio Sanchez, Research Director at Dell’Oro Group. “Over the next five years, we expect the initial thrust for SASE to come from small to medium enterprises, for whom unification and simplification rank high, but also expect larger enterprises to begin pivoting.”

Additional highlights from the SASE 5-Year Forecast Advanced Research Report:

Compared to the hardware, the software will account for the vast majority of SASE revenue and is expected to continue increasing its contribution over the next five years.

The combination of software and hardware sold as physical appliances will account for the vast majority of SASE revenue in the near-term. However, in the long-term will switch to revenue from cloud-hosted Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).

The Outlook Series reached out to Dave Greenfield, technology evangelist at Cato Networks with a couple of questions.

So how does Cato Networks stand out amongst the SASE competition?

Dave Greenfield: There are many, many ways Cato differentiates itself. Cato is a converged service not individual appliances enterprises have to cobble together. Cato is managed through a single-pane-of-glass down to the smallest detail, not separate consoles. Customers can self-manage or outsource — their choice. Broadening the conversation:

Leadership: Cato is the world’s first SASE platform, converging SD-WAN and network security into a global, cloud-native service. Cato Cloud was available three years before Gartner defined SASE.

Fulfillment of SASE vision: The future state described by Gartner — a single cloud-native service running that connects and secures mobile users, sites, cloud apps and cloud datacenters — is what Cato delivers today. Every other SASE solution requires DEVOPS/SECOPS integration components to deliver functionality that Cato provides out-of-the-box.

Complete Security Stack for All Edges — All edges connecting to Cato — sites, users, and cloud resources — are protected by the same enterprise-grade, security stack built into Cato. Capabilities include NGFW, SWG, Advanced Threat Prevention, Cloud and Mobile Access Protection, and Managed Threat Detection and Response (MDR) service. Other competing solutions will, again, require patching together individual solutions.

Improved Global Performance for ALL traffic: Cato is the only enterprise-ready SASE platform that is built on its own global private platform. Cato can support hybrid configurations (MPLS + Internet) but provides enterprise a migration path to Cato’s provide global backbone that’s a fraction of MPLS’s cost with far better performance than the unpredictable Internet. The Cato backbone not only has lower latency and packet loss than the Internet but it’s self-healing and includes built-in WAN optimization. This allows Cato to improve traffic moving north-south (to/from the Internet) AND east-west (between Cato element, such as between sites). The backbone today reaches 60+ locations.

Cloud, Hybrid Cloud, and Multicloud Access Included — Optimize and secure cloud access with Cato’s agentless cloud integration and the Cato global private backbone by any user, and from anywhere and without using premium cloud connectivity solutions like AWS DirectConnect and Microsoft ExpressRoute.

How does Cato Networks view Multivendor SASE offerings?

Dave Greenfield: SASE is all about the convergence of offerings — security and networking; different security solutions; site, cloud, and mobile. Convergence makes deployment easier, increases visibility with one holistic views, improves operations and management. Multivendor SASE is the opposite of convergence. Forcing IT to continue using separate appliances increases costs and complexity. It’s basically what’s been done for years and is a marketing tactic to jump on the SASE bandwagon.

As Gartner explains in the Hype Cycle for Network Security, 2020: “There have been more than a dozen SASE announcements over the past 12 months by vendors seeking to stake out their position in this extremely competitive market. There will be a great deal of slideware and marketecture, especially from incumbents that are ill-prepared for the cloud-based delivery as a service model and the investments required for distributed PoPs. This is a case where software architecture and implementation matters.

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