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Company (that provides the nominated product / solution / service)VMware
Company size (employees)10,000 or more
Type of solutionCloud/SaaS

In 3 bullets, summarize why this product or service is different from the competition and deserves recognition:

There are many benefits to the solution but the following three offer unique value/benefits to customers.

1. The cloud-first architecture allows VMware to deliver network and security services to maintain very close proximity between users and applications for low-latency access. This helps deliver rich user experience for voice, video and other real-time applications that are extremely sensitive to latency.

2. Second benefit is the ease of management and rich end-user experience. Any on-premises component of the solution is automated with Zero Touch Provisioning. Cloud connectivity to nearest SaaS and IaaS provider is automatically discovered based on geo-proximity of the user. Policy configuration is centralized for agile implementation at all locations. Alignment between network policies and security policies eliminates human error and inconsistent policy enforcement. The solution has policies for over 3000 applications pre-configured so that IT does not encounter time-delay in migrating to the VMware SASE architecture. The solution ensures that users get a consistent experience, whether working from home, office, or on the move when accessing enterprise applications with VMware’s unique Dynamic Multi-Path Optimization (DMPO) capabilities to handle varying conditions in the underlying WAN and broad band network even when there is only one link. VMware addresses varying needs of users working from home depending on whether they are power users needing priority treatment for critical applications, or mobile users that need connectivity from any location.

3. Third benefit is the architectural flexibility in deploying security posture. Whether the enterprise wants to deploy firewall closer to the edge, use a third-party firewall as a virtual network function at the edge or direct enterprise application traffic to the data center firewall while sending SaaS and internet application traffic through Cloud Web Security, the solution offers considerable choices. This approach gives enterprise IT the latitude they need in a changing threat landscape.

Brief Overview

VMware Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) converges Networking and Security delivered as a cloud hosted service. VMware SASE enables reliable, secure and efficient access for users located anywhere to applications on any cloud while protecting users and infrastructure against internal and external threats.

The VMware SASE architecture expands VMware’s unique SD-WAN advantages with SASE Points of Presence (PoP) to deliver network and security services that include SD-WAN Gateway, Secure Access, Cloud Web Security and NSX Cloud Firewall to meet that objective. The services include capabilities like URL filtering, Anti-Virus and Malware protection, and Remote Browser Isolation.

The solution also offers built-in firewall capabilities on the edge devices, with the option to deploy third-party firewall as a virtual network function.