Cloud Distribution, Cato Networks partner to offer global MPLS alternative

18 April 2019 | Jason McGee-Abe

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Cloud Distribution, a cybersecurity, networking and data protection solutions player, has partnered with cloud-native vendor Cato Networks to provide software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) services.

With connectivity becoming increasingly dynamic and greater customer demand for improved visibility and control over their WANs, Cloud Distribution's onboarding of Cato Networks will enable reseller partners to offer SD-WAN as a service, which the company hails as “a true replacement for global MPLS”.

"We are seeing a clear and rapid shift away from MPLS technologies and we've heard the demands of reseller partners who want to offer a next-generation alternative,” said Adam Davison, sales and marketing director for Cloud Distribution.

“Cato Networks combines both network security and the ability for modern, dynamic networks to be easily deployed in a robust cloud solution. For our partners, Cato offers true differentiation over MPLS and even from other SD-WAN point solutions, with a 100% channel friendly model and strong margins. We can't wait to get started!"

Legacy MPLS networks have traditionally been the default solution for international communications but can be a more costly solution and can lack the functionality and simplicity that end user organisations are now demanding.

Named a Visionary in the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN edge infrastructure, Cato Cloud connects all business resources including data centres, branches, mobile users and cloud infrastructure into a secure, optimised global network.

Luca Simonelli, vice president of sales for EMEA at Cato Networks, added: "Through our partnership with Cloud Distribution, resellers can now provide a highly cost effective, and scalable and secure WAN to their customer base whilst removing the complexity and cost that comes with traditional MPLS. This means an easy solution deployment without the capacity constraints, costly maintenance overhead, and restricted visibility and control. This is where new technology meets demand!"