Figure 1: The 3Cs model
SASE at a glance
A cloud native architecture, SASE is used to deliver connectivity and security services in a complaint manner to an edge estate. Initially coined by Gartner, it was widely accepted within the information technology (IT) and telecom industries. Backhaul connectivity constraints, including latency, are addressed in a controlled manner to ensure the distributed data is secure.
SDWAN and SASE are both edge centric solutions, though SDWAN focuses on connectivity while SASE refers to security and compliance. It is essential for both the technologies to work together to make the ecosystem more secure, robust, and seamless to access and consume services from anywhere in the world.
Figure 2: SASE core components and characteristics
SASE landscape and current market dynamics
The SASE model, its end-to-end integrated ecosystem landscape, and its key components and elements are depicted in Figure 3.
Figure 3: SASE – End to end landscape view
Currently, the SASE market is a crowded space with various technologies and vendors bringing their own points of view. In the near future, great convergence and consolidation is expected. Here are the three types of solution providers and their focus areas:
Some of the vendors providing SASE technologies as a whole, in addition to the major players mentioned earlier are Versa Networks, Cato Networks, Fortinet, Aruba, Cloudflare, Perimeter 81. The vendors in this category are emerging technology companies that can offer differentiated value propositions.
SASE adoption models1
As SASE evolves as a model and framework, and the transformation models require time to mature, the existing models have some advantages before becoming full-fledged matured models. Key approaches for SASE adoption include process, people, measurement, technologies, and strategy. The strategy will be a combination of short, medium, and long term.
Currently, there are no industry wide frameworks and standards for SASE because it is evolving and there is a long way to go before we have a SASE with widely accepted, recognized frameworks and standards, measurements, and KPIs.
Wipro’s role and value proposition
Wipro plays multiple roles with respect to SASE, including that of a system integrator, a consumer, and a solutions or strategic partner.
SASE is fast becoming an essential model that every company will have to adopt and maintain, as well as follow the maturity curve, until the overall industry governance, framework, and standards are apparent. Working from anywhere without compromising security and compliance is a necessity, so SASE is integral to the ecosystem. Wipro is poised to deliver differentiated offerings through joint solutions created in partnership with established and startup technology vendors.
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Senior Consultant, Wipro
Rambabu Kata (Ram) is an IT professional with 26 years of industry experience in IT, delivery, architecture, practice, and pre-sales. He has a Bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication engineering and a Master's in marketing management.
Practice Director – Data center & Hybrid Cloud Practice at Wipro
Govindan is an IT professional with 25 years of industry experience in IT delivery, solution engineering, and practice development. Govindan currently heads the solution engineering and innovation center.