Before SASE, enterprises had increasingly taken a split approach to security, with some capabilities at the branch, many times leveraging dedicated hardware, and some in the cloud for secure handoffs to the internet. The SASE security framework, on the other hand, describes a move from on-premise security, an evolution from a ‘heavy branch’ to a ‘lighter branch’ with most security functions in the cloud. This is not to say that branch security will go away, sometimes dependent upon compliance, privacy and location. SASE is also a journey and enterprises should judiciously introduce the architecture rather than jumping into what could be a sub-optimal solution.
While SASE architecture can be implemented in a DIY (do-it-yourself) model by expending capital and retraining and reskilling IT staff, the managed service route leverages a cloud-based delivery model that fits into the true SASE approach that fuses Network-as-a-Service and Network Security as-a-Service. Managed service delivery is more flexible, scalable and easy to consume, freeing up IT staff to focus on empowering business outcomes instead of being overwhelmed by basic network operations.
Deploying the WAN and SASE network security elements required to empower cloud access, application performance and pervasive security across a distributed enterprise is a major undertaking. IT is already under more pressure than ever before, and expending additional capital to hire, train and reskill staff may only be a tenable approach for the most massive of organizations. Meanwhile, many are already relying on a lean in-house team to handle an increasingly complex and taxing workload, something especially relevant for smaller enterprises.
By engaging a managed service provider (MSP) for SASE deployment, enterprises can reduce overhead costs and instead rely on an on-demand team of experts to reduce risk, remove barriers, fast-track deployment and adoption and ensure overall success. The right MSP will also supercharge productivity, further alleviating administrative burdens with highly efficient troubleshooting and support, greater visibility across hybrid environments and agility to make changes.
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Ultimately, a managed offer delivers higher productivity irrespective of location, application or resources, operational simplicity and security that de-risks unified network and security deployments through integrated observability and control, as well as agility with lowest TCO via better change management and support across the service lifecycle.