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Palo Alto Networks to Buy CloudGenix for $420M

Palo Alto Networks plans to integrate CloudGenix's SD-WAN technology into its Prisma SASE platform following the deal.

Palo Alto Networks has agreed to acquire cloud-based SD-WAN provider CloudGenix for about $420 million in cash. Its goal is to build out the capabilities of its Prisma Access SASE platform.

Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) is becoming a common term as applications move from data centers to the cloud and businesses struggle to manage access for distributed employees. SASE aims to provide cloud-based support and security for different applications accessed from different locations. It combines WAN capabilities with network security functions like a secure web gateway, cloud access security broker, firewall-as-a-service, and zero-trust network access.

Palo Alto Networks plans to integrate CloudGenix's cloud-based SD-WAN products to improve onboarding for remote branches and stores into Prisma Access. "This combination will extend the breadth of the Prisma Access SASE platform, address network and security transformation requirements, and accelerate the shift from SD-WAN to SASE," officials write in a statement.

San Jose-based CloudGenix was founded in 2013 to transform legacy WANs into a simpler and more secure application-defined structure. The company has raised a total of $99 million over four rounds of funding, CrunchBase reports. CloudGenix has about 250 customers across the healthcare, retail, manufacturing, finance, banking, tech, and hospitality industries. 

The acquisition is expected to close during Palo Alto Networks' fiscal fourth quarter, pending regulatory and customary closing conditions.

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4/23/2020 | 9:59:36 AM
Goodbye to CloudGenics and hello to PaloAlto's Network Automation Platform
I do think this is the way to go, PaloAlto has created a network they intend to utilize  which offers services ranging from network creation, management, and network control. They are looking to control the highway to create a clean environment the same way Google is.

I have been a proponent of PaloAlto Networks since their inception using AppID and controlling the application, I think this goes right inline with the ability to create networks (as long as the network is consistent - good data in, good data out, this is where CloudGenix comes into play, they use YAML files to create automated SDNs and Physical networks).

I do think with PaloAlto's R&D team, they could improve this CloudGenix process because it looks like it is not polished, more from a DevOps perspective. I did see from the video (CloudGenix, the admin where the admin had to make changes and create variables in the YAML file "type: {switch}"; the application should have done this,  hopefully they can move this process to the next level.

SD-WAN: Secure, High-Performance, Simple | PaloGuard.com

It is an interesting time.

Todd
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