SASE is never a one size fits all. In order for the SASE concept to be successful and dominant among all sizes of enterprises and service providers, it is required to allow for disaggregation of HW and SW and of the SW stack itself so different elements could come from different vendors. The application concept that flexiWAN, together with the unlocking of routing policy defined in the theoretical SASE recommendation, brings the Hybrid SASE to the forefront.
The move from the office to Work From Anywhere as well as the digital transformation that has shifted the focus to the cloud requires a change in how users access the enterprise network and the applications of the enterprise.
As security is becoming an integral part of enterprise networking, flexiWAN now adds a native security firewall. Capabilities such as LAN bridge configuration, OSPF improvements and other smaller features were added as well.
The new flexiWAN release 2.2.2 enhances internet connectivity monitoring, allowing easier visibility of flexiEdge device connectivity as well as seamless failover between multiple WAN interfaces adding this capability also for local internet breakout use cases.
Version 2.1.2 brings many improvements and enhancements, among others, is enhanced NAT traversal for asymmetric NAT using STUN. This feature enables establishing tunnels behind NAT or a router, without the need to enable port forwarding or 1:1 NAT on the upstream router.
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Many service providers go for a multi-vendor SD-WAN strategy. Here is why this strategy makes sense not only in the service provider space, but also for large enterprise deployments.
Creating an open and common SD-WAN overlay protocol is a win for everyone. Enterprises and service providers avoid vendor network lock-in and do not have to settle for a single SD-WAN solution for all of their sites.