With an eye towards significantly bolstering its edge networking offerings, Palo Alto has entered into an agreement to buy cloud-based SD-WAN vendor CloudGenix for $420 million in cash.

Palo Alto said upon the completion of the acquisition it will integrate CloudGenix’s cloud-managed SD-WAN products to accelerate the intelligent onboarding of remote branches and retail stores into its Prisma Access package. 

Announced in May 2019, Palo Alto’s Prisma is a cloud-based security package that includes access control, advanced threat protection, user behavior monitoring and  other services that promise to protect enterprise applications and resources.

In November, Palo Alto brought SD-WAN support into Primsa with the introduction of Access, which the company described as a cloud-based, secure-access service edge (SASE) platform.  Gartner says SASE-based systems meld features of edge computing, security, and wide-area networking (WAN) into a single cloud-managed package.

“SASE is in the early stages of development. Its evolution and demand are being driven by the needs of digital business transformation due to the adoption of SaaS and other cloud-based services accessed by increasingly distributed and mobile workforces, and to the adoption of edge computing,” Gartner stated.

Founded in 2013, CloudGenix’s flagship offering, AppFabric, lets customers set and manage application policies for WAN environments. Cloud-based AppFabric includes what the company calls Autonomous SD-WAN which “automatically builds the secure network and takes corrective actions when performance or availability issues are encountered.”

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