Netskope have unveiled their Next Gen SASE Branch, a major step forward in infrastructure that uses Netskope’s award-winning Borderless SD-WAN to transform how organisations manage their most critical networking and security functions and optimise enterprise branches everywhere.
In today’s digital age, IT teams seek cloud-centric infrastructure solutions that elegantly converge network and security capabilities, reduce legacy technology maintenance, and support the performance demands of hybrid work environments. SASE has emerged as a leading framework already influencing these enterprise buying decisions; according to Gartner®, by 2026, 60% of new SD-WAN purchases will be part of a single-vendor SASE offering, up from 15% in 2022.
But current branch infrastructure is often rife with challenges. To date, most branch solutions rely on legacy SD-WAN and multiple disjointed network security technologies that were not built to extend performance to cloud-first, hybrid work environments; struggle under collections of security point products and connectivity services that aren’t cleanly connected or integrated, but incur significant ongoing maintenance costs; and can’t accommodate the explosion of cloud applications or IoT devices now in use throughout the enterprise.
The new Netskope Next Gen SASE Branch, powered by Borderless SD-WAN, converges a unified SD-WAN and security appliance, the Netskope SASE Gateway, with a context-aware SASE fabric, zero trust-based security, and a SkopeAI-powered cloud orchestrator. Available as a single, cloud-delivered offering, the solution also includes a thin branch that optimises and secures traffic from all locations and users to cloud and on-prem locations.
“We’ve designed the Next Gen SASE Branch with the biggest needs of enterprise businesses in mind, both today and in the future,” said Parag Thakore, SVP, Borderless SD-WAN at Netskope. “Organisations no longer need to manage a complex stack of solutions to properly operate their enterprise, nor do they need to sacrifice performance for security. With Next Gen SASE Branch, they can take full advantage of a one-platform, one-software, one-policy approach that’s uniquely and fully enabled by Netskope Borderless SD-WAN.”
“The era of the hyper-distributed enterprise – where workers can be anywhere and applications are everywhere – is causing organisations across the globe to transform their network and security strategies,” said Brandon Butler, IDC Research Manager, Enterprise Networks. “Key capabilities for next-generation architectures include deeply integrated networking and context-aware security, cloud-based management, and advanced automation enhanced by AI/ML. Netskope’s Next Gen SASE Branch exemplifies the company’s approach to SASE by combining the important elements of Borderless SD-WAN via NewEdge with a portfolio of cloud-native and context-aware security capabilities.”
Netskope Next Gen SASE Branch includes a ‘context-aware’ SASE fabric, zero trust hybrid security, and SkopeAI-powered Cloud orchestrator.
Earlier this year, we spoke to Netskope’s CIO Ilona Simpson. You can read our conversation here.