SASE combines security and a modern network as service capabilities to ensure seamless connectivity and data protection without compromising on user experience. And its growing emphasis can be gauged by increasing industrial acceptance. As per Gartner’s SASE Forecast Analysis1, the global market for SASE is expected to be worth $15 billion by 2025, growing at a remarkable CAGR of 36% since 2021. This blog covers the basics of SASE and how it can empower enterprises towards the future.
The larger aspect of SASE and its significance
SASE represents a holistic framework that unifies wide-area networking (WAN) and network security within a single cloud-based service approach. It ensures secure access to applications and resources for users, irrespective of their location, device, or network, by delivering integrated security and networking service capabilities including SD-WAN, SWG, CASB, NGFW and Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA).
As remote operations and cloud service usage grow, SASE provides a convenient, fast, cost-effective, and scalable solution for networking and security. Reports indicate that 60% of enterprises will have definitive strategies and timelines in place for SASE adoption by 2025, up from 10% in 2020, highlighting enterprise urgency in adopting SASE for their short- and long-term operational goals.
Here are some of the defining traits of SASE that create a differentiator:
Unlocking SASE benefits with intelligent adoption
Enterprises must adopt SASE strategically and think beyond addressing the present challenges and opportunities towards the future of work. For them, successful adoption of SASE would hinge on:
Even though SASE brings an architectural shift, organisations might also consider implementing the foundational elements of its architecture and subsequently enhance it through gradual, intentional steps. Here are some of the key benefits the architecture offers:
Managed SASE is the way forward
Despite its benefits, enterprises are often daunted by the large-scale architectural changes and implementation challenges of SASE adoption. As a result, a plug-and-play approach with point solutions are often preferred. However, the key tenet of SASE is holistic transformation that facilitates secure and value-based outcomes, which is ideally a major value proposition that a managed service provider (MSP) can bring to the table. Drawing from experiences across various industries, MSPs exhibit adaptability and flexibility, resulting in cost-effective and swift deployments as well as issue resolution with their consultative approach.
MSPs elevate network performances by underlaying infrastructure and providing unified management of underlay and overlay within a single managed service. With a single point of accountability, MSPs take responsibility for service chaining, integrating multiple virtual network functions, and implementing future technology upgrades. They also offer continued support and training, progress management services, and future planning, making SASE implementation a truly end-to-end process. By opting for a managed SASE solution, organisations can significantly reduce initial investments and operational overhead, freeing up in-house IT for more valuable tasks.
Doing it right with Tata Communications
At Tata Communications, we have designed our SASE offerings to be evolutionary, not just revolutionary. Our three-phased SASE approach involves meticulously thought out and tailormade security and network upgradations that are aligned with enterprise network transformation goals, thorough integration and unification on the cloud, and convergence of network functions and security solutions. Our Managed SASE offerings improve business agility, observability, and control, simplify network and security management, and reduce costs.
Learn more about how a managed service approach can help you build your SASE implementation right in our next blog post.