Many enterprises are adopting secure access service edge (SASE) solutions as part of their digital transformation efforts. SASE, in a nutshell, merges together SD-WAN and security stacks to deliver secure networking and improved WAN performance, making it a logical choice for cloud-enabled businesses going through the throes of digital transformation. However, SASE offers other benefits, which may be of particular interest to DevOps teams.
Let’s take a look at four ways SASE can enhance the productivity of DevOps teams.
SASE reduces the challenges associated with team collaboration. SASE, by design, integrates WAN optimization with cybersecurity. Today’s DevOps teams need to work together, despite being physically separated, and must have reliable, secure connectivity amongst the team. “DevOps are all about time-to-market, and DevOps teams are looking for ways to shorten their CI/CD cycles. A critical part of that process is reducing their dependency on the networking and the security teams,” said Boaz Avigad, director of product marketing, CATO Networks. “Since SASE solutions already provide optimized performance and robust security, DevOps [teams] are free from waiting for infrastructure teams to provision the necessary resources. SASE provides DevOps the control and operational cadence they need without compromising performance or security.”
SASE improves overall network performance with integrated load balancing and failover capabilities. DevOps teams cannot afford to lose connectivity, especially when rolling out new iterations of software or resolving bugs. “For DevOps teams, fast and reliable application performance is critical,” said Avigad. “SASE architectures free DevOps [teams] from worrying about the infrastructure by connecting all the company’s edges, data centers, mobile users and cloud resources, with the same self-healing, secure and fully optimized global network. Should a line fail or a route become congested, SASE automatically switches to an alternate path.”
SASE helps to secure DevOps projects with native cybersecurity capabilities. When properly implemented, SASE integrates numerous security technologies directly into the network stack. “DevOps teams worry about information interception and protecting their applications from threats. All security services share a single, unified context, improving insight and closing the gaps in legacy security architectures; gaps attackers often exploit,” said Avigad. “SASE not only includes NGFW, IPS, SWG, AV and MDR services, it also converges them together into a single-pass architecture.”
SASE secures internal applications, along with the interactions with those applications, which in turn helps to reduce the burdens on DevSecOps team members. Applications that run over SASE/SD-WANs are further secured by zero-trust network access (ZTNA) and software-defined perimeter (SDP), technologies that help to keep all interactions between an endpoint and an application secure. “Many proprietary applications are too sensitive to run over the public internet. SASE protects those applications by obfuscating traffic, protecting all entry points with a NGFW and restricting access with its zero-trust architecture,” said Avigad. “All internal application traffic is also continuously inspected for threats.”
Adopting SASE for DevOps teams is beginning to make a lot of sense. The technology addresses many of the pain points that DevOps teams experience as businesses drive toward digital transformation. What’s more, the security benefits offered bring forth additional productivity, while also unifying the security stack.
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