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The combined solution also uses AIOps to reduce networking complexity while enhancing security.

This week NTT announced the addition of Palo Alto Networks’s Prisma SASE to its Managed Campus Networks portfolio. The new offering is a comprehensive managed Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) solution that includes SD-WAN, cloud-delivered security, and enhanced automation and reporting. The end-to-end solution is designed to help enterprises “meet current digital transformation challenges and enable more flexible ways of working”, the company says.

SASE is gaining in popularity for its ability to reduce networking complexity and at the same time improve security. It combines SD-WAN with security services such as secure web access gateway (SWG), cloud access security broker (CASB), zero-trust network access (ZTNA), and firewall-as-a-service (FWaaS), in a single, cloud-delivered service model.

By integrating networking and SD-WAN functionality with cloud-delivered security, the solution enables NTT customers to secure user access to applications and sensitive data irrespective of location, without compromising on performance and user experience. The platform’s advanced AIOps and automation capabilities also help improve operational efficiency and security outcomes, according to NTT.

Delivering value as an MSP

The benefits of using an MSP (Managed Service Provider) like NTT for SASE include having a single source for setup and management, gaining access to skills that an enterprise might not have in house, and flexible financing models.

NTT Managed Campus Networks with Prisma SASE provides organizations with immediate and continuous savings, the company says. It does this by reducing the number of vendors, tools, and technology stacks needed to support the business. NTT claims that the solution is “a simple and scalable model with entry points matching customers’ unique journeys and needs”.

Anand Oswal, Senior Vice President of Products, Network Security at Palo Alto Networks, outlined the benefits for the customer. “NTT’s world-class service, support, and comprehensive set of SLAs provide a strong managed service foundation for our single vendor SASE solution”, he said. “NTT Managed Campus Networks with Palo Alto Networks Prisma SASE will play an integral role in enabling organizations to secure their digital transformation journeys through enhanced operational efficiency, agility and effective management of cloud environments, providing a true zero trust solution to safeguard today’s distributed workforce”.