Opex Technologies knows how critical your technology is during the COVID-19 pandemic as a number of companies shift to work-from-home. We have a portfolio of providers offering solutions to better help your business communicate and collaborate during these times. The technology community is here to empower you! See below for a recent article written by Yishay Yovel, Chief Marketing Officer at Cato Networks on how their unique offerings allowed customers to make a seamless transition and how it’s not to late for others to do the same.

Like almost everyone I know, I recently moved to work-from-home. Individuals, companies, countries – the entire world is now working remotely due to the global health crisis we are experiencing with COVID-19. As a result, remote access using Cato Cloud has increased by 90% as many of our customers shifted their employees to work from home.

You could have thought that with all the progress we made on flexible work models it would simply be a non-issue. It is a big issue. The past 20 years were all about the mobile revolution. We could communicate and collaborate quickly using our mobile devices anytime and anywhere. But, some work, arguably the most critical work, required access to specific applications, either on-premises or in the cloud. These applications are private, they are not open to the Internet, and they require secure and optimal access to get things done.

The technology we use to enable critical application access, Virtual Private Networking (VPN), is built on a dated client/server architecture. It wasn’t designed to support remote access for the entire business. Why? because the primary use case was intermittent connectivity for a subset of the work force – like sales and service people – to a subset of the applications. VPN is even licensed by “concurrent users” dismissing the notion of continuous, broad based, remote access.

What does a company do to scale VPN globally? Get larger appliances. Deploy VPN concentrators. Cluster VPN infrastructure for high availability. This is an IT fire-drill, to say the least.

Cato isn’t a VPN solution. Cato built a global SASE platform to connect and secure all enterprise “edges” including users, applications, clouds, branches. Cato is globally distributed across 50+ PoPs that are in close proximity to every business user. The PoPs are running cloud-native software that scales vertically and horizontally to accommodate any traffic growth without IT involvement. All traffic optimization and security for all edges is done in the PoPs and across the backbone that connects users to applications.

And remote access? it is a feature of Cato. Because Cato is designed to process massive traffic from hundreds of thousands of “tunnels” or “on ramps”, the architecture of Cato can serve any number of users, in any geography, with optimized and secure access to both on-premises and cloud applications globally.

And this brings us back to today’s crisis. Yes, no one saw the Coronavirus coming. And, planing for a company-wide from home scenario may not have been part of of many companies business continuity plans. But, adopting a network architecture that is ready for whatever’s next is something that IT can control.

Cato customers simply moved their employees from the office to their homes. They didn’t have to deploy any special infrastructure. Employees self-provisioned Cato Clients and were instantly and optimally connected to their applications, under the protection of a full cloud-based security stack. To further support our customers, we extended tens of thousands of free temporary VPN licenses to accommodate the shift.

This is what we mean by Ready for Whatever’s Next. The Coronavirus was Next, and Cato enabled our customers to seamlessly adapt to a massive business change. This was the vision that inspired us to build Cato, and the service and value we want to deliver to all of our customers.