VMware SASE Newest BT Managed Service

January 21, 2022

By Maurice Nagle, Senior Editor

The WFH world is driven by a cloud-or-bust mentality. Turning to a cloud-first approach enables the modern organization to support a geographically diverse workforce with reliable, secure connectivity. SD-WAN may be the onramp, but SASE is opening the door to next generation IT operations.

VMware and BT (News - Alert) inked a deal allowing BT to offer its customers VMware Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) as a managed service, pairing VMware’s security expertise with BT’s robust networking capabilities.

Scott Cowling, Director, Software Defined Networks, BT, noting, “Many organizations are deploying cloud networking with SD-WAN technology. SASE takes this approach to the next level with an architecture that enables delivery of networking, security, and edge compute services from the cloud. Launching our managed VMware SASE solution will help customers address networking and security challenges seamlessly as one.”

The beauty of the SASE service is delivery via single-vendor ecosystem, with BT doing all the heavy lifting, giving customers the benefits of digital transformation without the headaches. Companies gain cloud-delivered, integrated security; SD-WAN underpinning network performance; and the ability to implement modern distributed applications – specifically AI-based.

Features at time of release include content inspection, content filtering, in-line cloud access security broker (CASB), covering user activity, minimizing attack surfaces and protection from malware. The duo intends expanded features to the SASE managed service in the near term.

Craig Connors, vice president and general manager for VMware’s SASE business, explained, “Leading service providers like BT have modernized their networks so they can deliver a new category of services to enterprise customers. SASE has emerged as the blueprint for modern networking and security, and we are pleased BT has selected VMware SASE to simplify their customers’ multi-cloud journey.”

The cloud is complex, but the right partner provides navigation through the fog, to the edge and beyond. How SASE is your network?

Learn more about SD-WAN, SASE and how MSPs are leveraging next generation networking technologies to empower the digital era at SASE Summit, MSP EXPO and other collocated events at #TECHSUPERSHOW. Join us June 21-24 2022 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. See you there!

Edited by Luke Bellos

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