Tech Talks: 5 Notable Benefits of SD-WAN from Cato Networks

Logo for SD-WAN provider Cato Networks.In order to serve as a trusted advisor to our clients, we need to stay up to speed with the latest IT trends and solutions. To achieve that, our team of IT experts attends weekly training sessions conducted by various IT solution providers. Based on our extensive experience and sales volume with the suppliers, we receive exclusive, direct and usually in-person training from these vendors. Our Tech Talks blog series offers a snapshot of these educational sessions.

Does your business need advanced networking capabilities to support the high-tech tools you leverage to stay competitive in an increasingly digital world? Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) solutions have become extremely popular with companies tackling digital transformation and looking for automation, centralized control and more flexibility in their networks.

Representatives from Cato Networks – a networking and security solution supplier that offers managed SD-WAN – recently met with our team and informed us about the details and business advantages of their products and services. Here’s what you should know about them and their SD-WAN.

Provider Overview

Based in Tel Aviv and founded in 2015, Cato Networks supplies cloud-based, secure global SD-WAN to businesses around the world. Cato’s global network of 40 Points of Presence (PoPs) is connected by multiple Tier-1 providers to maintain excellent traffic management. This supplier ensures secure branch access to the internet, enables effective and secure network connections for mobile workers and cloud data centers, and enhances connectivity for on-site and cloud apps.

Featured Offering: 5 Key Advantages of Cato’s SD-WAN Solution

Cato Edge SD-WAN can benefit your company in various ways. The Cato Socket SD-WAN device connects physical locations to the nearest PoP in the supplier’s extensive worldwide network (you have your choice of any combo of fiber internet, xDSL, cable, and 4G/LTE connections). The Socket makes various types of traffic management abilities possible, including active-active link usage, packet duplication to combat packet loss, dynamic path selection to respond to link brownouts and blackouts, and app- and user-aware QoS prioritization.

The following are just some of the advantages of leveraging this SD-WAN solution. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of features and benefits.

    • Simple zero-touch set up: Cato’s SD-WAN device is ready to go in just minutes. There are two Cato Socket models for branch offices (X1500) and for data centers (X1700). These devices only need power and an IP address to work. Once they’re connected to the internet, they’ll set up a connection to the nearest PoP and configure themselves.

 

    • Real-time analytics for fast problem resolution: Cato’s network analytics including info on factors like packets discarded, latency, throughput, jitter, packet loss and more.

 

    • MPLS migration made possible: Businesses that want to move away from expensive MPLS networks with limited capacity can replace that old networking technology with Cato’s cloud, SD-WAN and global private backbone.

 

    • High availability: If a Socket failure occurs, the supplier ensures you won’t experience service disruption with Cato Affordable High Availability. Primary and secondary Sockets can switch over seamlessly via Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) connections. Additionally, Sockets will automatically reconnect to the best available PoP in the event of an internet connection failure.

 

    • Security as a Service available from the same provider: Cato also offers cybersecurity solutions, such as next-gen firewall and Network Security as a Service.

There are plenty of SD-WAN solutions out there these days, so it’s crucial to do your research and find the option that satisfies all your business’s unique requirements. As part of our free advisory services, the Stratosphere Networks team of senior trusted advisors can show you an objective side-by-side comparison of Cato Networks’ solution and SD-WAN from other suppliers. It also won’t cost you more to work with us than it would to go directly to the supplier, due to our price parity guarantee.

Connect with our trusted advisors today by calling 877-599-3999 or emailing sales@stratospherenetworks.com.

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