Prisma SD-WAN Wins CRN’s 2023 SD-WAN Tech Innovation Award

Aug 01, 2023
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We are excited to share that Palo Alto Networks Prisma SD-WAN is the winner of CRN’s 2023 Tech Innovators awards in the SD-WAN category for the second consecutive year, achieving top scores in technology and customer need. This recognition from CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, validates our strategic vision, strong customer adoption, and industry-leading innovation as a global SD-WAN leader. It also further demonstrates the value of Prisma SD-WAN for our partners and joint customers. Choosing a next-generation SD-WAN solution, like Prisma SD-WAN, enables our ecosystem to offer more than agile service connectivity. It also allows them to rapidly add revenue-generating services and achieve cost savings compared to legacy solutions while providing an optimal end-user experience.

The Branch Has Changed. Your SD-WAN Should Too.

The SD-WAN market is relatively fragmented. Most SD-WAN vendors offer management simplicity and traffic optimization, but every product is different. Beyond the initial purchase price and total cost of ownership (TCO), it is crucial to consider an SD-WAN solution’s ability to meet business requirements for application performance and security.

Today, branch offices are fundamentally shifting. Hybrid work environments and the ubiquitous adoption of cloud and collaboration apps have accelerated branch transformation. At the same time, there is a need for improved security and automated operations to help infrastructure leaders get more done with less. Many legacy approaches to SD-WAN still rely on hair pinned, centralized, and expensive hardware solutions. They lack granular application awareness rendering them unable to provide application SLAs, and failing to deliver the security so much needed in today’s modern distributed landscape.

Palo Alto Networks takes a fundamentally different approach, with a SASE solution encompassing next-generation SD-WAN for the branch of the future. Only a next-gen SD-WAN and SASE solution can transform the branch, holistically secure your network, and automate complex IT operations for an exceptional user experience. With the ability to provide elastic networks, direct-to-app access, and zero trust while automating complex IT operations with the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), Prisma SD-WAN provides the branch of the future today.

Prisma SASE with Prisma SD-WAN delivers the following differentiated capabilities:

1. Elastic and Resilient Branch Networks with Next-Gen SD-WAN

Businesses can now leverage next-generation SD-WAN to deliver elastic networks on WAN transport links like MPLS, 5G, broadband, and satellite in an active-active model meeting the ability and scalability demanded by modern networks. Prisma SD-WAN provides a resilient architecture that supports highly available appliances with seamless failover. Most importantly, Its centralized controller-based architecture seamlessly builds, manages, and updates the network with no routing complexity.

2. Automate Day 2 Operations with AI-powered Operations

Prisma SD-WAN is natively integrated with Autonomous Digital Experience Management (ADEM) to provide always-on observability across the enterprise to detect, diagnose and remediate issues faster. From correlating events to reducing trouble tickets and automating the incident lifecycle, AIOps helps IT staff reduce mean time to innocence, improving network uptime and performance.

3. Secure People, Apps and Things with Integrated ZTNA 2.0

Integrating Prisma SD-WAN with Prisma Access for a unified SASE solution enforces Zero Trust security with zero compromises for your branch. In addition to ensuring adherence to all ZTNA 2.0 principles to secure the branch office, this deep integration provides the industry’s first integrated IoT security that identifies all IoT devices in your branch, views security policy recommendations, and enforces policies across applications and things alike.

4. Simplify Management with Unified Console, and Policy

Since other solutions utilize a multi-vendor SASE deployment, IT administrations must manage separate policy and application frameworks adding operational complexity and limiting their ability to deliver application SLAs. With Prisma SASE, comprehensive protections converge into a single unified product with single-pane-of-glass visibility and management, consistent policy, and shared data for all users and apps to dramatically reduce the risk of a data breach.

Join Leading Companies Transforming Their Branches Today

Prisma SD-WAN surpassed CRN’s expectations with its ability to provide customers with significant benefits in their digital transformation, cloud adoption, and se

curity journey. In today's macroeconomic situations, when businesses are trying to do more with less, Prisma SD-WAN delivers an ROI of up to 243%, simplifies network operations by leveraging ML to eliminate up to 99% of network trouble tickets, and improves the end-user experience by enabling a 10x increase in WAN bandwidth for a lower cost than legacy solutions.

At Palo Alto Networks, we continue to build on our leadership position by innovating and providing a competitive advantage for our customers with our best-of-breed SD-WAN solution and superior security capabilities.

Watch the on-demand exclusive virtual event to see how AI/ML is powering next-gen SD-WAN and SASE for the branch of the future.


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