The News: GTT Communications has partnered with Palo Alto Networks to power its SASE Platform. The managed security service partnership will leverage networking and security capabilities of the two companies to both strengthen and simplify the security of network access and use of cloud applications as enterprises continue to adapt to the new requirements of the hybrid workforce. Read the GTT press release here.
GTT Communications Partners with Palo Alto Networks to Power its SASE Platform
Analyst Take: As enterprise organizations continue to navigate the world of hybrid work, complex data storage and access, and new SaaS applications, there has been a greater demand for better network security. These organizations need immediate, uninterrupted network protection no matter where an end user might be, where data is being moved from, or what application is in use. Which is why SASE, or Secure Access Service Edge platforms, have grown in popularity in the last few years.
It’s no surprise then that GTT Communications, a leader in global cloud networking, would make the move to a SASE platform to benefit its customers. But the difference maker here is Palo Alto Networks. As a managed security provider, Palo Alto Networks will implement an overlayed service that is designed to simplify the SASE deployment for customers. This partnership will leverage the networking and security functions of both organizations while reducing complexity and increasing centralized control for customers. Ultimately, customers will be able to adopt a zero-trust network access approach to reduce and hopefully eliminate the security risks that come from our current business climate.
Running on Palo Alto Prisma Access
This partnership will leverage the Palo Alto Prisma Access, which according to Palo Alto Networks, is a convergence of a best-of-breed security and SD-wan capabilities. This allows for a seamless, single cloud-delivered layer of security. And, in our current climate, the ease and protection this offers can’t be overlooked.
It’s a SASE World
I anticipate that this is just the first of many partnerships that we will see that will continue strengthen the position of SASE as a game changing security option. Having the ability to deliver a secure cloud-based offering is attractive to customers. Doing so through a managed security partnership that requires little to no effort on the part of the customers? Even more so. This is a great move for GTT Communications, one that will likely boost the value of its cloud-based offerings. But this is an even better move for Palo Alto Networks, and one that I anticipate will prove the power of its security offering. I’ll be eager to watch this play out.
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Shelly Kramer is a 20+ year marketing veteran and CEO of V3 Broadsuite, a marketing consultancy, and the President of Broadsuite Media Group. She’s a business strategist focused on B2B digital transformation, and delivering integrated marketing solutions for clients. She’s an expert at omnichannel marketing, content strategy and execution, connecting social media to business initiatives, and helping clients leverage the web for growth and profitability.