“Cato’s global cloud-native, single pass engine is the right architecture for single-vendor SASE,” says Steve Garson, report author and president of SD-WAN Experts, an independent technology advisory firm that has conducted dozens of SASE evaluations and deployments. “In our work, we’ve found Cato to deliver far superior network performance due to its optimised global backbone.
“Like an iPhone, Cato’s simplicity might make one think there’s a lack of sophistication but don’t be fooled. The complete convergence of networking and security within the Cato platform provides incredible detailed insight and control over the SASE infrastructure without the usability issues normally encountered in IT products.”
“We’re honoured to be identified as the Leader in single-vendor SASE market,” says Shlomo Kramer, CEO and co-founder of Cato Networks. “Cato introduced the first worldwide SASE platform in 2016, four years before Gartner defined the term.
“Since then, we’ve continued to enhance and extend Cato SASE Cloud as recognised by this award.”
Why single-vendor SASE?
While SASE brings operational benefits to an organisation, the report notes that single-vendor SASE brings certain unique benefits, including:
- Enhanced security posture by reducing the complexity of security functions, enforcing a single security policy enterprise-wide, and minimising the attack surface.
- More efficient use of network and security personnel stemming from faster deployment times, reduced dependency on advanced networking and security skills and resources, removal of redundant activities, and a single security policy.
- Better user and system administrator experiences as performance issues like latency and jitter are easier to manage, end-to-end issue diagnosis is simpler, and there is a single warehouse for all event data and logs.
According to the report, Cato SASE Cloud brings several unique strengths:
- A global cloud-native, single-pass engine is the right architecture for single-vendor SASE. It provides line-rate, security inspections, and optimised traffic worldwide for all company edges – sites, mobile users, and the cloud – even for encrypted traffic.
- Cato fully maintains the underlying infrastructure of Cato SASE Cloud freeing IT from common network and security operations, such as updating security signatures in response to the latest zero-day threat. The report notes that Cato frequently points to its low Time to Protect – how quickly an IPS signature is not just developed but put into action. For example, they protected their customers against Log4j in just 17 hours (versus days and weeks for many companies).
- Single management platform converges security and networking eliminating “swivel chair IT troubleshooting.” Cato’s Event screen is a good example of convergence, providing a single interface for seeing all networking and security event data for the past year.
About the Report
The SD-WAN Experts Single-Vendor SASE Quadrant Analysis evaluated seven vendors in what the authors term was an “MQ-like” analysis. Vendors were compared on their execution ability and their completeness of vision.
The authors say they relied solely on publicly available information and tempered our theoretical analysis with our own real-world experience deploying SASE platforms.
“For the past seven years, Cato’s been engaged in a continuous feedback loop, improving the Cato SASE Cloud to achieve perfect product-market fit,” Eyal Webber-Zvik, the vice president of product marketing and strategic alliances, added. “Partner and customer input combined with usage statistics contribute to evolving Cato into the leading SASE platform that it is today.
“While our competitors force-fit legacy products together to meet marketing needs, Cato provides enterprises with a purpose-built SASE platform that truly prepares them for whatever comes next.”