The pandemic has introduced highly fluid work behaviors, with 83% of employees preferring hybrid work, resulting in 74% of businesses implementing hybrid work models at the branches. At the same time, the rise of rich collaboration has led to the rapid adoption of cloud and video conferencing applications placing higher demands on bandwidth and performance.
The shift to a highly distributed workforce and applications requires IT teams to do more with less during the current macroeconomic conditions. This includes automating manual and complex day two operations while securing all applications and users at scale. The growth in the usage of IoT devices is estimated to reach 29 billion in 2030 means the same security measures should now be extended to all things. Branch offices face a fundamental challenge to prevent threat actors and maintain high-performing networking in a distributed workforce.
The branch of yesterday does not account for the realities of today. Legacy solutions are rigid and complex, with multiple-point solutions constantly needing hardware updates. Additionally, many applications are backhauled through the data center, limiting direct-to-app access and resulting in poor user experience and application resiliency. Moreover, they rely on expensive dedicated private links that need to provide flexibility to accommodate the demand in capacity. Finally, they don’t accommodate the need for Zero Trust security architecture to protect employees holistically, diverse apps, and IoT devices. Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) has emerged to solve this problem by converging security service edge (SSE) and SD-WAN to enable high-performing networking and security.
The four key tenets of the branch of the future with SASE provide:
Prisma SASE is the industry’s only complete SASE solution that natively integrates Prisma Access and Prisma SD-WAN to power the branch of the future with next-generation SD-WAN to deliver exceptional user experience, ZTNA 2.0 to protect all users, apps, and IoT, and automates complex IT operations. The same reasons Gartner recognized us as a Leader in the 2022 Magic Quadrant for SD-WAN and Leader in the 2023 Magic Quadrant for SSE.
To learn more about how next-gen SD-WAN and SASE can help modernize and secure your branches. Watch the event on-demand today.