Forcing branch traffic over a traditional hub-and-spoke network to a centralized gateway is not effective when your applications are in the cloud and your users are in branches all over the world. A new white paper from Zscaler—The Definitive Guide to Branch Transformation—discusses the importance of beginning your branch transformation journey with a solution designed and built to support a cloud-first enterprise, a solution that will reduce costs, enable a better user experience, and provide the same enterprise protections across all your locations.
Hub-and-spoke architectures centered around backhauling traffic to applications that sit in the data center are becoming increasingly irrelevant. However, many organizations still find themselves forcing branch traffic through legacy architectures to access cloud applications and the internet. Realizing the full benefits of the cloud requires direct-to-internet connections—but getting there requires a fundamental change in the way you approach your network and security.
The white paper covers key challenges associated with traditional hub-and-spoke architectures, as well as the new mindset that is required to overcome those challenges. To move to the cloud, you need to establish local internet breakouts in branches and securely route traffic direct to the internet. Organizations are increasingly turning to SD-WAN as a logical and cost-effective way to establish those local breakouts and simplify traffic routing in the branch. And, leading SD-WAN vendors are turning to Zscaler to secure that traffic.
The Zscaler™ Cloud Security Platform—including its flagship security suite Zscaler Internet Access (ZIA)—enables you to shift from a hub-and-spoke network to an agile, cloud-enabled architecture by delivering the entire gateway security stack as an easy-to-manage service. A true alternative to complex and costly security appliances, Zscaler simplifies IT operations and optimizes MPLS spend. The Zscaler Cloud Security Platform, built on a 100 percent cloud-enabled architecture, embodies the five key requirements for securely routing branch traffic locally:
- Full security platform
- Proxy-based architecture
- Global cloud
- Visibility and management
- Elastic scalability
The white paper will show you how to avoid common mistakes and misconceptions when it comes to branch transformation, and it will illustrate how you can simplify branch IT operations, reduce costs, and provide users with fast and secure access.
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