VMware Future Ready with SASE Platform

September 29, 2020

By Maurice Nagle, Web Editor

SASE is taking the SD-WAN space by storm. The convergence of network and security functions is a natural evolution, providing organizations with performance and peace of mind during a time of transformation. As the SASE space come to form, emerging market leaders are lending no shortage of excitement.

VMworld 2020 kicked off today with quite the “wow” factor and a flurry of announcements. VMware announced VMware Future Ready Workforce solutions promising businesses simplified management, end-to-end zero-trust security controls and an excellent end user experience.

The foundation of the VMware SASE platform is its robust SD-WAN – named in the Gartner (News - Alert) Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure for three years running – including its more than 2,700 cloud service nodes spanning 130 PoPs around the globe. The addition of VMware Network Intelligence enhances IT visibility and telemetry into end user access of applications and experience.

Speaking of Zero Trust; the VMware Secure Access service integrates VMware SD-WAN and VMware Workspace ONE into a single solution that delivers the performance and security demanded from the remote workforce.

In terms of cloud and web security, VMware strengthened its partner relationships unveiling the VMware Cloud Web Security service, which integrates Menlo Security’s secure web gateway (SWG), cloud access service broker (CASB), data loss prevention, sandbox and remote browser isolation functionality natively within the VMware SASE platform. In addition, VMware stated a deeper partnership with Zscaler that brings merges VMware SD-WAN and VMware Secure Access with Zscaler Internet Access.   

“By partnering with Zscaler, we will bring simplicity and scale to securing a modern, future ready workforce,” said Sanjay Poonen, Chief Operating Officer, customer operations, VMware. “Together we will help customers adopt a cloud-centric network and security architecture that connects and protects users, applications, and data, anywhere in the world.”

Another ingredient of VMware’s SASE recipe is integrating the VMware NSX Firewall into the VMware SASE platform, accompanying the existing VMware SD-WAN firewall functionalities.

While still early in its journey, SASE is quickly earning favor as the preferred enterprise networking infrastructure. From Palo Alto and Fortinet, to Versa and VMware, there’s chum in the water and service providers are positioning for the feast.

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Edited by Maurice Nagle

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