Cato Networks launched a software-defined WAN service this year: the Cato Cloud. The offering extends the WAN with policy-based routing, an SLA-backed global backbone, enterprise-grade network security as well as cloud and mobile support that reduces reliance on MPLS services. The Alpharetta, Ga.-based company said Cato Cloud converges networking with security to reduce the cost and complexity of existing networks.
The offering eliminates the need for additional firewalls, web filters, VPNs and other security products required by traditional SD-WAN deployments. By embedding security into the network fabric, Cato Cloud enables secure internet access from branch locations without the need for backhauling or distributed security appliances, said Cato Networks.