2022 Global Networking Trends Report

Special Edition: The State of SASE

The original 2022 Global Networking Trends Report: The Rise of Network as a Service (NaaS) was released in November 2021. This report is being updated to include the latest on SASE and is being released in May 2022.

Hybrid work demands a cohesive SASE strategy to deliver a consistent and exceptional user experience from anywhere.

To address rising interest and confusion in the marketplace surrounding secure access service edge (SASE), we’ve created this special addendum to the 2022 Global Networking Trends Report: The Rise of Network as a Service (NaaS).


Driven by the sharp rise in remote work and hybrid cloud adoption, SASE (pronounced “sassy”) provides secure and seamless connectivity to any application, over any network, from any location or device. 


SASE integrates networking and security functions into a unified, cloud-native solution or service. 


In contrast to traditional security solutions, it pushes security policies and enforcement closer to end users and applications that have become increasingly distributed. It expands on zero trust and eliminates the need to constantly backhaul data to a data center, effectively reducing network loads and bottlenecks and providing a superior user experience.


As an alternative to a traditional security stack, it provides secure access from edge to edge, including the data center, remote offices, roaming users, and beyond.


This addendum highlights the latest trends and insights surrounding SASE, with data from multiple market surveys and perspectives gleaned from prominent industry analysts and experts. We hope this information helps you better understand the benefits and implications of SASE as you formulate your networking, security, and cloud strategies.


– Omri Guelfand, VP, Network Services, Cisco

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