Palo Alto Networks introduced an industry-leading update for Prisma SASE. Thanks to a new API gateway and a modified licensing model, MSPs can now use the platform to deploy SASE networks to customers.
SASE has taken off. The networking model combines two existing components: SD-WAN and modern security measures, including Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB) and Firewall-as-a-Service (FWaaS). The result is a secure, manageable network. Simplicity is the biggest advantage. CASB and FWaaS have traditionally been offered in addition to SD-WAN, but in the case of SASE, you don’t have to integrate anything. A single service is enough.
In recent years, several organizations launched a SASE platform, including Palo Alto Networks with Prisma SASE. Customers primarily use the platform to build their own SASE network, or transform an existing network to SASE.
The platform was never explicitly targeted at MSPs. Prisma SASE provides the tools to build your own SASE network — not the SASE networks of multiple customers. The most recent update shakes things up. As of today, Prisma SASE is suitable for MSPs who want to provide SASE networks to customers.
Prisma SASE for MSPs
Palo Alto introduced an entirely new management portal with role-based access control (RBAC). The portal enables MSPs to regulate customer access to their respective networks, allowing management tasks to be distributed.
In addition, Palo Alto introduced a new API gateway for open integrations of Prism SASE and the backend systems of MSPs. Furthermore, the network and security status of multiple networks can be viewed in a single dashboard, allowing multiple networks to be managed by a single MSP.
Palo Alto also supplemented the platform with identity and access management (IAM). IAM enables MSPs to manage the authorization of multiple customer and user accounts. Existing identity stores can be integrated. You’re free to create a new identity store as well.
Lastly, MSPs have the ability to break down the functions of Prism SASE and offer them in packages to customers. This makes it possible to offer different Prisma SASE services at different prices.