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Why SD-WAN Shift to Managed Services a Significant Option

February 27, 2019 / Zeus Kerravala

NETWORKING TREND ANALYSIS: Cato’s approach is to run its own cloud-native networking and security stack. In a sense, it’s the cross-section of AWS, networking and security. By owning the network, Cato can control traffic, which can have big implications for nationwide or global companies. Software-defined WANs have been available for the better part of five years with the on-premises vendors ruling the roost. This makes sense, because early adopters tend to have highly sophisticated IT organizations and embrace the do-it-yourself model. Now that the market is maturing, less-technical organization are finished dotting their I’s and crossing their T’s and are ready to start deploying. But instead of the DIY model, many prefer the managed-service model.