Harnessing the Power of Automation and Consolidation to Enhance SASE Orchestration

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Despite the enormous advantages of SASE, many IT teams often experience difficulties with app classification, automation, and poor consolidation. This leads to frustration among the entire team and increased time-consuming manual labor.

The growing popularity of SASE has resulted in its widespread adoption across the organizational landscape, from remote workers to offices and beyond. Although SASE offers many advantages, SASE orchestration problems confound many IT teams. As a result, the user experience is frustrating and inconsistent, which lowers the value of the orchestration platform. That experience is at odds with the objective of many IT teams, which is to streamline their network and consolidate control in the aftermath of diminished resources. 

Not Every SASE Orchestrator is Created Equal

IT teams must manage several touchpoints due to the poor user and security experience caused by a disconnected SASE orchestration system. 

The best orchestrators offer a single point of entry into their solution by condensing all manual work into a single converged platform. This eliminates the complexity and creates an experience that is seamless, comfortable, and easy to use with very little system upkeep required across the team. 

Automation Reduces TCO and Streamlines Operations 

Finding a SASE vendor whose orchestrator fully utilizes the capability of automation across business policy, security policy, device configuration, and automated security policy enforcement is essential.

This eases deployment, installation, troubleshooting, and monitoring challenges for the in-office and mobile users, streamlining and simplifying day zero to day two operations.

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What reduction in Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) results from this? After laying down their policies, leaders can quickly automate software updates for every device connected to their network. From an operational overhead standpoint, this automation eliminates the hours and several maintenance windows IT employees would often face. As a result, instead of carrying out routine maintenance, leaders can reallocate resources to tasks that will have a more significant impact on the business. 

App Classification Minimized Workloads

Launching and maintaining SASE should be simple and painless, not a burden. Why do certain SASE vendors falter there, then? Even though they can identify the apps and direct the traffic, their team must perform the bulk of the labor-intensive tasks, such as developing a forward error correction policy and matching their apps with certain SLAs.

Additionally, many SASE systems that tout SD-WAN don’t offer smart defaults for safeguarding the network’s thousands of apps. Instead, creating an SLA policy for each app requires administrators to be familiar with every app on their organization’s network, which is an error-prone and time-consuming game of whack-a-mole.

To ensure the orchestrator functions properly, they must perform extensive configuration work immediately.

To ensure they receive the performance SLAs they deserve, businesses should choose a vendor who goes above and above by classifying thousands of apps and creating software-defined policies around them. This gives the team a comprehensive, top-down perspective of the entire app environment, allowing them to make changes immediately and cut down work hours to just a few minutes. 

Creating SASE Success

A unified, cost-effective, user-friendly SASE orchestrator removes many logistical hurdles for IT teams, improving their capacity to innovate new initiatives from driving consolidation to powering automation to allowing classification. Finding a SASE vendor with strong orchestration capabilities will help the team overcome obstacles and pave the way for better security and network management across the company.

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