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Secure access
service edge
(SASE): What is it
and what are
the benefits?

Author: Adam Kimmel

For many businesses, a growing number of dynamic and cloud-based applications are creating a distributed network alongside a need for low latency and high throughput.

To deliver the dynamic performance these cutting-edge applications call for secure access service edge (SASE) which provides the security of an internal data center and the performance and flexibility of the cloud.

What is secure access service edge (SASE)?

Historically, companies stored data on centralized internal servers, creating a distinct perimeter to secure. SASE integrates wide-area networking (WAN) with cloud-based security to help provide more efficient and better performing secure network services to distributed WANs. The SASE security model flexes as your data transmission needs change, helping to improve the system's speed and latency performance.

SASE security model: What advantages does SASE provide for businesses?

Secure access service edge provides three primary advantages for businesses:

  • Helps reduce IT complexity and cost
  • Helps improve application performance and user experience
  • Helps reduce risk

Rather than patch added capacity together as a method to scale, the SASE security model is similar to edge computing. However, it expands the security boundary as close to the users as possible. In doing so, you can leverage the full computing power of the cloud to reduce latency and optimize bandwidth availability for speed, helping to improve user experiences. And because Secure Access Service Edge is cloud-based, helping you to utilize the latest security measures and features as soon as they're available.

A SASE security model provides the extendable security scale that modern applications require. It enables optimized infrastructure costs by leveraging on-demand cloud space and gives the user the freedom to operate in an expandable security environment.

SASE is also a natural fit with Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) offerings that many businesses choose. NaaS provides a closer integration between network offerings and network security. To meet the needs of modern businesses, NaaS has to provide both cloud-based and on-premise security. This dynamic helps pave the way for the deployment of SASE.

What role can a managed network service provider play?

Managed service providers already provide the latest cloud technology, and they bring years of industry expertise to the partnership. In addition, they operate like a consultant with a view into other companies' successes and opportunities in utilizing a SASE security model, providing state-of-the-art guidance into areas with which you may be less familiar.

The right partner can also provide insight and guidance around using a SASE security model alongside other tools in a digital environment—tools like managed software-defined wide-area network (SD WAN), internet threat prevention and zero trust network access.

Secure access service edge is enfolding as the future of cloud-based security. By leveraging an expert market leader to manage your network, the future can arrive early.

Learn more about Verizon's managed network service solutions.