SASE Model Proving Value Beyond Remote Work Scenarios

Gartner only coined the term  SASE  — secure access service edge — two years ago to describe a cloud-based service that combines  SD-WAN networking  with all the latest security features in a single, easy-to-manage and easy-to-deploy SaaS product.

Back then, SASE, which is pronounced “sassy,” was more of a philosophy, or direction to move in, rather than an actual product category. Few vendors offered a full SASE stack and, when they did, usually required customers to buy it in pieces, often a lot of pieces, with confusing names and overlapping functionality.

Getting to the SASE model was going to take years, experts said.

Then COVID-19 hit.

Companies couldn’t get into their data centers to install new  VPN  boxes and, even if they did, hardware shortages and shipping delays meant that VPNs weren’t a practical option.

“Lead times for products went through the roof,” said Mike Moore, practice development manager at Insight, a technology consulting firm based in Tempe, Arizona.

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