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8x8 Communications Solutions8x8 is a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) company headquartered in Campbell, California, United States. The company currently hosts offices in the UK, North America, Romania, Singapore and Australia. 8x8's product portfolio offers a range of communications applications, VoIP solutions and security products, including Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced analytics. Their solutions are available in several packages for small, medium and large enterprises. 8x8 has received recognition as a Leader in the 2021 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS), Worldwide for the tenth consecutive year.www.netify.com/marketplace/8x8More Information
Aryaka SD-WAN Netify ReviewAryaka SmartConnect is their go-to-market SD-WAN product with Aryaka Prime offering integrated network and security management. Aryaka operate a global private network of PoP's which are designed to offer excellent application performance across latency and jitter. Both products feature a mix of physical and virtual components, which meet the needs of global customers across various industries and sizes. MyAryaka is focussed on enhancing cloud-based management, analytics, and multi-cloud connectivity to enhance their core global managed service offering.www.netify.com/marketplace/aryakaMore Information
AT&T SD WAN & SASE Cybersecurity SolutionsAT&T are a North America-based SD WAN and SASE service provider. Their offering includes strong solutions from popular vendors, with a number of business services suitable for small to large enterprises, including mobile, underlay services, cloud and colocation, cybersecurity and internet and networking.www.netify.com/marketplace/attMore Information
Barracuda SD-WAN Netify ReviewBarracuda has been named as a Niche Player within the Gartner Magic Quadrant. The Barrcuda product-set offers two SD-WAN products: CloudGen Firewall and SecureEdge. These products include hardware appliances and software with orchestration and management. CloudGen Firewall is their traditional offering, while SecureEdge is a newer solution supporting the transition to a SASE capabilities and features. Barracuda primarily operates in North America and EMEA, focusing on smaller enterprise and SMB customers. The company plans to invest in cloud-based reporting and analytics, cloud-based XDR, and integrated edge compute capabilities over the next 18 months.www.netify.com/marketplace/barracudaMore Information
BT BusinessNetify have worked with BT since 2011 across their connectivity products and managed services. The BT capability should be considered for underlay when partnering with an SD WAN vendor or for standard MSP requirements.www.netify.com/marketplace/bt-businessMore Information
Cato SD-WAN Netify ReviewCato's SASE has been named a Challenger within the Gartner Magic Quadrant and named a leader by Forrester. Cloud integrates SD-WAN features with SASE components. The Cato capability offers SD-WAN and SASE solutions via Cato Sockets and Cato Cloud. Cato Sockets (SD-WAN devices) integrate datacenter into Cato Cloud, which is a cloud-native platform designed to merge network security with global connectivity. Cato are typically associated with mid-market, global companies that require co-managed SD-WAN and SASE. Cato has shown a commitment to evolving their services across advanced security and AI-driven network management enhancements.www.netify.com/marketplace/cato-networksMore Information
Cisco Meraki SD-WAN Netify ReviewMeraki delivers SD-WAN, integrated security, licensed software, management and orchestration tools. Cisco supports a broad global customer base, with approximately 46,000 SD-WAN enterprise clients across diverse sizes and industries. In the coming 18 months, Cisco plans to focus on enhancing their security dashboard by integrating third-party Security Service Edge (SSE) for dual-vendor SASE support. Meraki is often used with the retail and healthcare sectors where their CCTV and strong WiFi capability are recognised enablers to their specific needs.www.netify.com/marketplace/merakiMore Information
Cisco Systems SD-WAN Netify ReviewCisco is recognised as a leader in the Magic Quadrant for their capability and contribution to the SD-WAN market. Cisco's portfolio includes Cisco Catalyst SD-WAN which incorporates advanced integrated security, licensed software, and management and orchestration tools. In combination with Cisco Umbrella, Cisco SD-WAN is capable of delivering a complete SASE solution with SD-WAN. According to Gartner's analysis, Cisco supports approximately 46,000 enterprise customers with SD-WAN solutions on a global scale. These customers represent a diverse range of sizes and industries. Looking ahead over the next 18 months, we anticipate that Cisco will focus on enhancing their security dashboard. We also predict that Cisco will increase integrations with third-party providers in the Security Service Edge (SSE) space. This strategy is likely to support a dual-vendor approach to Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) and improve cloud onramp capabilities for multi-cloud implementations.www.netify.com/marketplace/cisco-product-suiteMore Information
Cisco Viptela SD WAN & SASE Cybersecurity SolutionsCisco SD WAN is a cloud-delivered overlay WAN architecture connecting branches to datacenter and multicloud environments through a single fabric. Cisco SD WAN ensures predictable user experience for applications; high performance SaaS, IaaS and PaaS connections; and offers integrated security either on-premise or in the cloud.www.netify.com/marketplace/viptelaMore Information
Citrix SD WAN & SASE Cybersecurity SolutionsCitrix SD WAN is a next-generation WAN Edge solution that simplifies digital transformation for enterprises. It offers comprehensive security, the best application experience for SaaS, cloud, and virtual apps and desktops, and cloud choice with automation to ensure an always-on workspace.www.netify.com/marketplace/citrixMore Information
Cogent SD WAN & Cybersecurity SolutionsCogent is known for their on-net 17 day SLA delivery of circuits.www.netify.com/marketplace/cogentMore Information
Colt SD WAN & Cybersecurity SolutionsColt is a UK-based SD WAN Managed Service Provider leveraging its own global backbone of 158 points of presence. Colt have a European Net Promoter Score of 70+ and are a visionary in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure.www.netify.com/marketplace/coltMore Information
Comcast Business Enterprise SolutionsComcast Business is a North American telecommunications provider headquartered in Philidelphia, PA. The company was founded as a subsidiary of Comcast in 2006 and specialises in offering Business Phones, Broadband Internet, Ethernet Data Service, Business TV, Connectivity and Advanced Cybersecurity to customers. Comcast Business supports a private network of 600,000 miles of fiber optic and HFC cable spanning 29 regional networks in 39 states. As 2021 drew to a close, Comcast Business announced the acquisition of SD-WAN provider Masergy to better service US enterprise customers that have operations outside of North America, scaling their international operations and leveraging Masergy's managed services and SD-WAN expertise.www.netify.com/marketplace/comcast-businessMore Information
Darktrace Cybersecurity SolutionsDarktrace was founded in 2013 and has its headquarters in Cambridge, United Kingdom. They currently support over 5,500 customers and offices in more than 110 countries, specializing in providing complex machine learning and AI solutions. Their solutions include Autonomous Response, Intelligence Augmentation and Self-learning AI. In 2017 and 2019 Darktrace’s software engineering team received the MacRobert Award for prestigious innovation from the Royal Academy of Engineering. The company has also received "AI Cyber Product of the Year" at the National Cyber Awards 2021. Darktrace Immune System won in the Threat Detection category at the Fortress Cyber Security Awards 2021 and "Best Enterprise Security Solution (Cyber AI Analyst)" at the SC Awards 2021.www.netify.com/marketplace/darktraceMore Information
Expereo SD WAN & SASE Cybersecurity SolutionsAble to service 200+ countries with 3000+ last mile providers across DIA, MPLS, 4G, 5G and Broadband.www.netify.com/marketplace/expereoMore Information
FireEye Cybersecurity SolutionsFireEye are a network security provider that delivers a strong Extended Detection & Response (XDR) service.www.netify.com/marketplace/fireeyeMore Information
Forcepoint Cybersecurity SolutionsForcepoint provide a strong SASE offering with a particular focus on data protection. They also offer additional services and products including: security, cloud security and cross domain solutions.www.netify.com/marketplace/forcepointMore Information
Fortinet SD-WAN Netify ReviewFortinet is a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant, recognised for their Fortinet Secure SD-WAN solution with end-to-end SASE capability. Fortinet's SD-WAN edge services are delivered by FortiGate physical and virtual appliances with their on-premises security software licenses delivered via FortiManager's Orchestrator. Fortinet supports approximately 31,000 global SD-WAN enterprise customers across various industries. Over the next 18 months, Fortinet's development efforts will focus on integrating digital experience monitoring (with SD-WAN for unified management), deploying an AI-based assistant, and enhancing internet and application performance to improve the customer experience.www.netify.com/marketplace/fortinetMore Information
Globalgig SD WAN & Cybersecurity SolutionsGlobalgig is a North American global aggregator offering Managed Services. The company has sales teams based in the UK and Europe. www.netify.com/marketplace/globalgigMore Information
Google Cloud Platform Cloud SolutionsGoogle Cloud Platform was introduced in 2008, leveraging Google Cloud's global network infrastructure. Google Cloud Platform simplifies the enterprise transition to the cloud, while keeping up-to date with best practices. The platform features a single interface for managing hybrid and multi-cloud environments as well as regulatory requirements. Google Cloud Platform provides a suite of security services to help you protect your data, applications and infrastructure from fraudulent activity. These include advanced tools for compliance as well as encryption at rest, in transit, or in-use so that enterprise data is protected from cyber threats whist also maintaining compliance standards.www.netify.com/marketplace/google-cloud-platformMore Information
GTT SD WAN & Cybersecurity SolutionsGTT is a major telco with support for Global customers. Good option for SD WAN, Voice and large bandwidth requirements.www.netify.com/marketplace/gttMore Information
HPE Aruba SD WAN & SASE Cybersecurity SolutionsThe HPE Aruba SD-WAN edge platform replaces conventional routers, unifying SD-WAN, firewall, segmentation, routing and application visibility and control in a single platform.www.netify.com/marketplace/hpe-arubaMore Information
Lumen SD WAN & Cybersecurity SolutionsTier 1 carrier with history supporting some of the largest global businesses across the globe. Full scale end to end solutions from traditional telephony through to SD WAN.www.netify.com/marketplace/lumenMore Information
Masergy SD-WAN Netify ReviewMasergy offers advanced SD-WAN and integrated SASE solutions for mid-market global customers. The Masergy fully managed and co-managed SD-WAN service combines their global network backbone with AIOps and management tools. Masergy's future development focuses on cloud-based analytics, threat detection, response mechanisms, and edge computing capabilities. Although the Masergy brand and website is operational, we expect the Comcast brand to lead in 2024.www.netify.com/marketplace/masergyMore Information
Microsoft Azure Cloud SolutionsThe Microsoft Azure cloud platform was launched in 2010. Currently, the platform offers a wide array of more than 200 products and services designed to meet the needs for today’s challenges. Azure's tools help businesses to build, run or manage applications across multiple clouds, on premises, as well as at the edge with what they offer in their portfolio. The platform provides companies with an opportunity for enhanced scalability and global coverage so their apps can be closer to their users everywhere without sacrificing any data residency or compliancy options - all while preserving a high level of security that is essential in today’s era where cyberattacks are constantly on the rise. Azure are committed to ensuring their customers have access to their data when they need it most, through whichever location suits them best, with availability in 140 countries and over 60 announced regions worldwide.www.netify.com/marketplace/microsoft-azureMore Information
Open Systems SD WAN & SASE Cybersecurity SolutionsAs a secure access service edge (SASE) pioneer, Open Systems’ SD WAN and Managed Detection and Response services are built for an ever-changing, hybrid cloud network.www.netify.com/marketplace/open-systemsMore Information
Oracle SD WAN & SASE Cybersecurity SolutionsOracle SD-WAN enables enterprises to transform their traditional WAN, augmenting or replacing MPLS with high-bandwidth, inexpensive internet connections, and delivering a network that is easy to deploy and manage, but without requiring forklift upgrades.www.netify.com/marketplace/oracleMore Information
Palo Alto SD-WAN Netify ReviewPalo Alto Networks is as a Leader within the Gartner Magic Quadrant, recognised for their Prisma SD-WAN platform, which includes Instant-On Network (ION) edge appliances and orchestration. Palo Alto operates a global presence and serves approximately 3,500 SD-WAN enterprise customers across various industries and sizes. Future investments are expected in application acceleration, SASE enhancements, and packet steering.www.netify.com/marketplace/palo-alto-networksMore Information
Peplink SD WAN & Cybersecurity SolutionsPeplink was founded in 2006 and has its headquarters located in Mountain View, California, United States. Peplink also has offices in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong SAR. Peplink products are available globally through 500+ distribution partners and resellers. Peplink offers a comprehensive Wired and Wireless SD-WAN for any deployment. The company holds over 70 granted patents regarding their SpeedFusion technology. Their SD WAN solution includes edge routers that can connect multiple fixed or cellular WAN links at once to improve the efficiency of a firm's network setup. In 2018, Gartner acknowledged Peplink's influence in the market by naming them as part of its Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure providers.www.netify.com/marketplace/peplinkMore Information
Perimeter 81 SASE Cybersecurity SolutionsPerimeter 81 offer a single cybersecurity platform, integrating SASE with cloud security. Founded in 2018, they are a new entrant to the market.www.netify.com/marketplace/perimeter-81More Information
Secured CommunicationsSecured Communications offer a granular encrypted instant messaging solution designed to protect intellectual property. www.netify.com/marketplace/secured-communicationsMore Information
TPx SD WAN & Cybersecurity SolutionsTPx was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas, United States. The company primarily services the US domestic market. TPx is a leader in the IT sector, providing services for over 2,300 customers across 50,000 locations and making sure that businesses have all of their needs met. With their managed services, cybersecurity solutions as well network connectivity products like unified communications platforms or CCaaS solutions, TPx has managed to become a leading managed services provider in the US. TPx bring to market an expansive suite of products, representing some of the major brands and agencies within the IT space. These solutions can advance your business forward when implementing transformative measures to adapt to the shift in requirements to mitigate contemporary problems such as remote work or cybersecurity.www.netify.com/marketplace/tpxMore Information
Verizon SD WAN & SASE Cybersecurity SolutionsTier 1 carrier offering MPLS, DIA, point to point & private lines with a strong security portfolio. Completely global, with support for SD WAN leaders.www.netify.com/marketplace/verizonMore Information
Versa SD-WAN Netify ReviewVersa Networks offers two products: Secure SD-WAN and cloud-based Versa Titan, built on similar technology. The platform includes physical and virtual appliances, software licenses, and orchestration. With a global presence, Versa serves about 24,000 SD-WAN enterprise customers across various sectors, primarily through service providers. Versa plans to enhance artificial intelligence, observability, and multi-cloud support within their SD-WAN orchestration platform in the next 18 months. Versa is currently a leader within the Gartner Magic Quadrant.www.netify.com/marketplace/versa-networksMore Information
Virgin Media Business SD WAN & SASE Cybersecurity SolutionsVirgin Media are an SD WAN and SASE service provider, offering solutions based on Versa Networks and Fortinet. They offer cloud access services based on AWS and Azure, with managed and DIY services for SD WAN and SASE.www.netify.com/marketplace/virgin-mediaMore Information
VMware SD-WAN Netify ReviewVMware SD-WAN is a Gartner leader, with optional gateway POPs, software licenses, and a cloud orchestrator. VMware operates around 18,000 enterprise SD-WAN clients, which are mainly provided by their service provider end clients. Over the next 18 months, VMware plans to enhance SD-WAN Cloud Transport, SASE security, edge computing and private 5G. Investments are expected across AI for digital experience assurance and analytics. Broadcom's announced their acquisition of VMware on May 26, 2022 - VMware and Broadcom were independent at the time of writing this article.www.netify.com/marketplace/velocloudMore Information
VMware SD-WAN Netify ReviewVMware SD-WAN is a Gartner leader, with optional gateway POPs, software licenses, and a cloud orchestrator. VMware operates around 18,000 enterprise SD-WAN clients, which are mainly provided by their service provider end clients. Over the next 18 months, VMware plans to enhance SD-WAN Cloud Transport, SASE security, edge computing and private 5G. Investments are expected across AI for digital experience assurance and analytics. Broadcom's announced their acquisition of VMware on May 26, 2022 - VMware and Broadcom were independent at the time of writing this article.www.netify.com/marketplace/vmwareMore Information
Vodafone Cybersecurity SolutionsVodafone was founded in 1981 and is best-known as a retailer of mobile phone devices for personal use. Now, the company offers cybersecurity and connectivity solutions for small, large and public sector businesses. Vodafone is headquartered in Berkshire, UK and has offices world-wide. The company was named a Leader in the Garner Magic Quadrant for Managed IoT Connectivity Services 2021 and 2022. www.netify.com/marketplace/vodafoneMore Information

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List of the best SD-WAN vendors

SD-WAN technology presents remote user's with significant benefits regardless of their geographical location. These benefits include not only security but also reliable connectivity and performance. IT teams no longer have to waste valuable time managing sub-par performing VPN solutions and can now easily deploy and configure remote connectivity, leveraging technologies like Zero Trust to provision quick access.

With SD-WAN remote solutions, user's are provided with the best possible connection to the corporate network at any time from anywhere. All of this whilst saving costs on legacy MPLS lines to remote sites and in a more secure manner with services such as Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) and Secure Web Gateways (SWG).

Flexibility and reliability are enhanced when using SD-WAN as diverse link paths and multiple connection types are utilised. SD-WAN is capable of using connections such as MPLS, broadband and LTE (4G and 5G) simultaneously. This provides many benefits especially for remote workers who might not have the best broadband in their homes. For example, at 4pm when their children come home from school and start streaming Netflix or YouTube and eat up the home broadband bandwidth, SD-WAN can automatically boost the workers' connectivity via their mobile phone network.

Thanks to the incorporation of SD-WAN within SASE, companies are able to provide remote access without compromising on security. With the ever increasing threat of cyber attacks this is a necessity. Having networking and security compiled into a singular product offering, most commonly from a single provider, is hugely beneficial in terms of management and visibility.

Why trust Netify SD-WAN comparison?

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  2. What is Netify's remote access Comparison tool?
  3. What criteria for comparison is used?
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Netify has conducted hands-on tests of SD-WAN solutions, specifically targeting UK and global companies. This approach has resulted in a practical and experience-based understanding of their products.

Why trust Netify SD-WAN comparison?

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  2. What is Netify's remote access Comparison tool?
  3. What criteria for comparison is used?
  4. Remote Access Security Features Analysis
What is Netify's remote access Comparison tool?

Netify's platform offers a detailed comparison of various SD-WAN solutions, focusing on remote access capabilities, performance, and compatibility with different network environments.

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  2. What is Netify's remote access Comparison tool?
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What criteria for comparison is used?

The comparison includes key technical aspects such as latency, bandwidth efficiency, security protocols, and scalability options, ensuring a comprehensive evaluation of each remote access solution.

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  2. What is Netify's remote access Comparison tool?
  3. What criteria for comparison is used?
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Remote Access Security Features Analysis

The Netify tool includes an assessment of remote access encryption standards, authentication mechanisms, and compliance with cybersecurity frameworks, crucial for protecting communications.

How is Netify free to use?

  1. How is Netify free to use?
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  3. Remote Access Scalability and Flexibility
  4. Vendor Neutral Approach

Netify money when we find you place business with SD-WAN vendors referred by Netify. For example, each time a company buys an SD-WAN product, having found their new supplier through Netify, we get paid a commission.

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Remote Access Performance Metrics

Netify analyses throughput, packet loss, jitter, and Quality of Service (QoS) capabilities, providing insights into the reliability and efficiency of each SD-WAN solution under various network conditions.

How is Netify free to use?

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Remote Access Scalability and Flexibility

The platform assesses how well each solution can scale with growing business needs and adapt to changing network topologies, which is vital for businesses with evolving remote access demands.

How is Netify free to use?

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Vendor Neutral Approach

Netify's analysis is unbiased, covering a wide range of vendors, ensuring that the comparisons are objective and based on technical merit rather than brand influence.

Future-Proofing Remote Access Investment

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  2. Integration capabilities with existing systems
  3. Remote Worker Support and Reliability
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The platform looks at how each solution is positioned to handle future technological advancements and evolving business needs, ensuring long-term viability.

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Integration capabilities with existing systems

The FAQ addresses how each SD-WAN solution integrates with current network infrastructures and other IT systems, a key factor for seamless deployment and operation.

Future-Proofing Remote Access Investment

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  2. Integration capabilities with existing systems
  3. Remote Worker Support and Reliability
  4. Remote access Cost Efficiency Analysis
Remote Worker Support and Reliability

Netify examines the level of support provided by vendors and the historical reliability of their solutions, which are crucial for maintaining uninterrupted remote access.

Future-Proofing Remote Access Investment

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  2. Integration capabilities with existing systems
  3. Remote Worker Support and Reliability
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Remote access Cost Efficiency Analysis

While maintaining a technical focus, Netify also considers the cost implications of each solution, evaluating the balance between performance and investment.

Summary

What does SD-WAN for remote workers offer?

SD-WAN remote access solutions ensure user application performance, uptime and security across 4G, 5G, and broadband, regardless of location. In addition, SD-WAN with remote access integrates SASE capability to offer next-generation firewall, encryption and threat protection.

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Which vendors offer the best SD-WAN for remote workers?

Cisco Viptela SD-WAN for Remote Workers

Viptela, one of the two SD-WAN offerings from Cisco, provides workers with safe and direct access into the corporate network. Their product, Cisco+ Secure Connect, combines reliable access with next-generation security features. Cisco’s remote access platform uses zero-touch provisioning to reduce the time required for configuration and maintenance of user connections. All of this can be centrally configured, managed and monitored using vManage and eliminates the need for multiple management portals.

With a strong focus on security, Cisco provides firewall protection with Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption resulting in a safe connection for employees. Secure Connect provides customers with SASE tools such as DNS-later security, Secure Web Gateway (SWG), Firewall-as-a-Service (FWaaS), Cloud Access Security Broker (ZTNA) and Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA). The use of SASE decreases traditional security latency by eliminating the need for traffic analytics to pass through other services.

Cisco’s Viptela SD-WAN solution supports multiple link types including broadband and 4G/5G which ensures an uninterrupted service regardless of link failure. This results in a resilient service which increases the productivity of remote workers. Also, customers with existing Cisco SD-WAN infrastructure (Catalyst 8k, ISR 1000 & 4000 and ASR 1000) can implement remote access with no additional hardware cost.

Cisco Meraki SD-WAN for Remote Workers

Meraki offers SD-WAN connectivity to remote workers in two ways, one being through the Z series hardware devices and the other being an IPsec VPN solution running on their MX appliances. The Z4 sits within the employees home and provides enterprise grade firewall, router, VPN gateway and WiFi 6.0 services. This sleek designed device provides reliable connectivity for remote workers with features such as application aware routing to prioritise high bandwidth traffic such as video conferencing. Alongside policy-based routing (PbR) and dynamic path selection, the Meraki SD-WAN solution offers dual-active VPN uplinks which allow for multiple connection mediums such as broadband, LTE and MPLS. All of this and more is managed through their web-based dashboard.

Much like all other Meraki offerings, the SD-WAN solution is simple yet powerful. Zero-touch cloud deployment enables remote workers to set up the device with ease through a simple plug and play approach. Regardless of its overall simplicity, Meraki has enhanced security with built-in features such as next-generation firewalls, intrusion prevention system (IPS) and virus/malware protection. Meraki also supports integration with Cisco Umbrella to provide an overall SASE solution, ensuring the same level of security for user's whether they’re in the office or working remotely.

Aryaka Solutions for Remote Workers

Aryaka’s SmartSecure Private Access allows for secure remote worker connectivity. This is reinforced by their high-performance network and their synergistic coverance. At the company's core, their global network infrastructure provides the reliability for remote workers to benefit from consistent performance, irrespective of the user's location. The architecture behind this network is uniquely designed to handle the demands of the modern, post pandemic remote workforce. User experience is further enhanced due to strategically located worldwide access points that provide sub-30ms connectivity to 95% of user's globally.

There are 3 key components within Aryakas operations; Private Access Clients (PAC), Private Access Nodes (PAN) and Private Access Managers (PAM). The PAC simplifies operations with an intuitive UI, high-level endpoint compliance and integrity within the corporate network. In turn, this allows for streamlining of the remote work setup and a seamless experience identical to working on site. This compatibility across multiple operating systems and devices ensures widespread applicability and the security costs/risks entailed with this are mitigated with strict VPN access. The PAN efficiently routes traffic across Aryaka’s core network to enterprises and cloud destinations, further ensuring security and performance. The WAN edge design supports multi-tenant architecture, encryption and integration with third party security softwares. Finally, the PAM manages and authenticates network use.

Cato’s Approach to Remote Workers

One of the first providers to adopt SASE, Cato Networks offers a remote worker solution with a strong focus on security functionality. Cato SASE Cloud is their global service which enables remote user's to connect to the WAN in a secure and optimised way. The Cato Cloud is a robust system which eliminates the need for a dedicated VPN service which requires precise configuration and maintenance. Instead of this, user's connect to the nearest Cato Point of Presence (PoP).

The SASE product encapsulates protection methods such as Next-generation firewall (NGFW) and secure web gateway (SWG) into a single offering. Also included are advanced threat prevention methods such as intrusion prevention system (IPS) and next-generation anti-malware (NGAM), paired with their threat detection service (MDR). Customers who utilise this benefit from enterprise grade security across all locations and device types.

User's connect via their lightweight service, Cato Client, which can be installed on any device or accessed through a web browser. Having a web-based method of connectivity allows for any device (e.g. BYOD) to access the corporate network without compromising on security. From a cost perspective, Cato’s cloud architecture actually reduces the overall expenditure required supporting traditional hardware deployments. All of this whilst also improving user experience by increasing overall reliability and availability.

Cato’s SASE architecture demonstrates a serious evolution in remote worker solutions. The burden of self managing VPN systems whilst ensuring there's no gaps in your security are eradicated and replaced with a next-generation system. Its agile ability to adapt to a variety of remote working scenarios means that companies can enable employees to work securely from anywhere and any device.

VMware’s Remote Work Infrastructure

VMware has a SD-WAN solution which enables remote workers to connect in a reliable and secure manner. Their deployment process is intuitive and can seamlessly integrate with existing corporate VPNs. Organisations are able to accommodate remote workers without having to completely overhaul their existing infrastructure. VMware has integrations with services such as Salesforce and Netskope.

Known for virtualisation, it's no surprise that VMware has a software defined WAN offering called VeloCloud. This is a fully managed solution powered by their partners (GTT, BT and Lumen) who provide the backbone network, as VMware themselves don’t have a global network infrastructure to offer. Customers benefit from this as they receive a wider range of services from vendors with global presence. Where they lack in network framework they more than make up for it in terms of software. VMware distinguishes itself from its competitors by providing a scalable infrastructure which meets the demands of all sizes of businesses. This scalable solution has no lack of security features, with NGFW and zero-trust being deployed through their SASE Platform.

Versa’s Remote Employee Solutions

Offering both SD-WAN and SASE solutions to over 1000 enterprise customers, Versa caters for customers of all sizes. With this in mind, small to medium businesses can opt for the Versa Titan service which provides all the benefits of software defined networking such as quick and easy site activation. Larger organisations are best suited for the more comprehensive Versa classic, but both solutions deliver high performing network and security capabilities into an easy yet cost effective package. With remote working in mind, Versa Secure Access allows organisations to enable employees to connect from anywhere without compromising on security. Versa’s solution offers high availability across their global distribution points via SD-WAN gateways. Remote workers connect via Versa’s SD-WAN service and experience better network performance through optimised traffic routing to applications such as Microsoft Teams video conferencing. Automatic streamlined management of the network reduces the input needed from IT teams allowing them to focus on strategic initiatives.

Versa has a strong security feature set and offers; stateful firewalls to monitor active connections and block unauthorised traffic, DoS protection, and Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) enabling organisations to enforce least-privilege access. This is all configured and managed via their portal, Versa Director, which allows granular insight into network analytics.

Palo Alto Prisma for Remote Offices

Palo Alto is a network solutions company who are known for their advanced security offerings and this is no different when it comes to protecting remote user's. Prisma SD-WAN is their SDN product offering which simplifies overall network administration through machine learning and automation. Prisma SASE is their complete security offering which offers best in-class protection through cloud-based firewalls.

The Prisma services enable remote locations to benefit from optimal performance and enhanced business continuity. Some key features of Prisma are; automated deployment which allows for swift connectivity of remote user's and sites, consistent security through their centralised management platform called Panorama and advanced security with their NGFW and ZTNA.

Unlike other SD-WAN solutions, Prisma encapsules connectivity and security into a single solution. Organisations don’t have to worry about security gaps and complexity as Prisma automates and simplifies overall network operations. Palo Alto allows for flexible customisation of these services to ensure all businesses can be accommodated for.

Fortinet Solutions for Home Offices

Fortinet is a cybersecurity company who also offer network solutions, unsurprisingly they standout from the rest when it comes to security. They offer an SD-WAN solution called FortiGate which provides remote user's with a secure and optimised connection into the corporate WAN. FortiGate allows for seamless cloud access and collaboration within SaaS applications such as Office 365. This is done in an optimised way allowing all bandwidth-intensive activities such as screen sharing to be prioritised. FortiGate devices are outfitted with the capacity to establish a VXLAN-over-IPsec tunnel, extending the LAN to a home office environment, minimising the individual configuration which previously would have been required.

FortiSASE is their scalable cloud-based security offering which integrates fully with FortiGate to provide secure connections. It's a simple yet intuitive solution which guarantees the same level of protection for both on and off site workers. This is something that SMBs are struggling to apply and enforce. Their SASE solution closes security gaps with tools such as AI-powered SWG, ZTNA, CASB and FWaaS, all of which can be managed within a single console.

As opposed to others, Fortinet has a user-centric design and a deep understanding of remote worker needs. They are aware that employees need to be able to connect on any device from any location. This has resulted in a solution which is both technically sophisticated yet practical for the user's.

Barracuda’s Offerings for Remote Staff

With Zero Trust Network Access principles in mind, Barracuda’s solution for remote workers is to provide a secure yet high performing service via SD-WAN. Their SecureEdge offering is a testament to the evolution of network security and caters for all modern business requirements. As remote workers interact with cloud platforms and applications, ensuring a zero trust approach is essential. Barracuda takes great pride in their simple setup which is as follows; select the Barracuda CloudGen Firewall on your preferred platform (e.g. AWS), Connect the CloudGen Firewall to our main location, then configure remote access via Zero-touch provisioning. CloudGen provides secure access to all applications on any device from any location. In result, the workers benefit from fast and seamless access to the corporate network without compromising security. They also offer SecureEdge which provides customers with enterprise-grade securitying including ZTNA, FWaaS and web security.

Barracuda outshines its competition in optimising the “last mile” of internet connectivity. This is achieved by employing advanced algorithms to identify and remediate packet loss, resulting in a superior remote worker experience. For ad-hoc access to the network, user's on any device can access via their simple yet powerful web-based application, removing the need to install any software.

Masergy’s Remote Worker Solution

One of the early adopters of SD-WAN, Masergy has been delivering excellent services for almost 10 years. With a global network backbone providing coverage in over 100 countries they ensure 24/7 uptime thanks to their NOCs and SOCs. They offer both SD-WAN and SASE to reduce the need for multiple vendors. Their Secure Remote Access SD-WAN device allows for any home or remote user to be connected securely into the corporate network. Dynamic traffic shaping provides secure and dedicated bandwidth to business critical applications whilst providing the highest level of security.

They have a dedicated “work from anywhere” product which extends all the benefits of SD-WAN to remote workers in any location. This combines SD-WAN and Secure Remote Access into a single service. Masergy SD-WAN On the Go is their software-only solution which enables secure remote access for workers using either corporate-owned or personal devices. It works by establishing a secure IPsec VPN tunnel with a SASE approach to secure, verify and detect any threats. They also offer a hardware solution, Masergy Secure Home, that seamlessly connects user's home’s to the corporate network. All of Masergy’s solutions provide customers with a secure and reliable service which utilises 4G/5G backup connectivity to ensure a 100% available service.

All of Masergy’s remote worker access methods are backed by their SASE application which provides network, cloud and endpoint security. Included in this is hybrid NGFW, SWG, CASB, IDS/IPS and endpoint detection and response services.

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