Joint solution gives enterprises cost-effective, flexible, cloud-based option
CloudGenix and Palo Alto Networks are partnering to solve the challenge of developing a cost-effective way to deliver secure software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) to enterprises.
The Lowdown: At the Ignite ’19 Europe show in Barcelona this week, the two companies unveiled a joint solution that leverages CloudGenix’s Autonomous SD-WAN product and Palo Alto’s cloud-delivered Prisma Access security technology.
The Details: Enterprises looking to securely run SD-WAN environments have been faced with choosing between a single-box solution and best-of-breed products, each of which comes with a range of compromises. According to CloudGenix officials, a one-box approach usually combines mediocre SD-WAN and security capabilities, while best-of-breed products have meant separate appliances – physical or virtual – from disparate vendors, causing integration headaches.
CloudGenix’s SD-WAN natively integrates with Prisma Access, which means the joint solution comes pre-integrated without the need for additional hardware for security. Through the offering, organizations set security policy for an application in Palo Alto’s Panorama network management solution and have that policy enforced at the branch. CloudGenix’s SD-WAN directs the application flow to the closest Prisma node in the cloud using rules for security, performance, and geo-fencing.
In addition, because the solution is based in the cloud, new security capabilities can be added through the cloud via Prisma without having to add hardware or deal with software updates in remote environments.
The Impact: The joint offering addresses the challenges through the cloud and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery, both trends that are seeing growing adoption by organizations. According to an Enterprise Strategy Group survey of 600 senior IT people, 76% said they have already deployed multicloud environments and 76% were using SaaS-delivered business applications.
The Buzz: “Many organizations have adopted SD-WAN solutions to solve for these issues, but they too present their own challenges,” CloudGenix officials said in a blog post. “Most solutions require multiple hardware products for SD-WAN and security, which once again means more complexity and more cost. Others are mediocre “all-in-one” solutions that have separate roadmaps for features related to network and security, making it near impossible for an organization to simultaneously meet both networking and security needs. So how can organizations cost-effectively and securely meet the needs of remote branch offices? In reality, overcoming the challenges presented by centralized network architecture or legacy SD-WANs means re-imagining remote office IT infrastructure.”