Network Security

Zayo announced strategic partnership with Netskope

The new collaboration brings industry-dominating secure service edge (SSE) protection to Zayo’s comprehensive edge-to-core-to-cloud solutions

Zayo Group, a leading global communications infrastructure provider, today announced its partnership with Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) leader Netskope. The partnership brings Netskope’s best-in-class Security Service Edge (SSE) capabilities to Zayo’s Managed Edge portfolio to deliver the most robust network protection and application performance for Zayo customers — from edge to core to cloud.

According to Gartner, by 2025, 80% of enterprises will have adopted a strategy to unify web, cloud services, and private application access using a SASE/SSE architecture. But to fully realize the benefits of SASE, seamless integration of security, networking, and performance is essential. Now enhanced with Netskope — which was named a leader in the 2023 Gartner SSE Magic Quadrant — Zayo’s Managed Edge provides industry-leading management and security to defend against network security threats, meet regulatory compliance requirements, and enable seamless and scalable hybrid work.

“Every month, Zayo defends organizations of all sizes from data breaches, ransomware, downtime, and disaster by securing their core networks, the edge, and the cloud,” said Michael McKerley, Senior Vice President of Managed Services at Zayo. “Our partnership with Netskope is enhancing how we secure our managed edge-to-core-to-cloud solution even further. Zayo brings the largest independent fiber network, customized management, and AI-driven network observability. Netskope brings a feature-rich, industry-leading secure service edge. The result is an enhanced SASE offering with stronger security for the most demanding cybersecurity needs.”

“As businesses continue to adopt cloud technologies, secure access and advanced data protection becomes paramount,” said Dave Rogers, Senior Vice President of Global Alliances and Channel Sales at Netskope. “A well-designed SASE solution enables businesses to strike the right balance between staying secure and getting work done, without trade-offs. We are pleased to partner with Zayo to offer the best in managed SSE capabilities, which provide the security needed for successful SASE.”

In addition, Zayo has enhanced its software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) with co-hosted gateways that provide a direct, private, and secure link into the cloud, legacy network infrastructure, and all locations. With these enhancements, Zayo’s Managed Edge provides a complete, co-managed, end-to-end networking solution with comprehensive connectivity, security, monitoring, and management.

Why This Matters:

  • Location integration: Zayo’s Managed Edge allows customers to seamlessly integrate legacy network infrastructure, on-net, and off-net locations, bringing off-net buildings into the Zayo fiber network.
  • Reduced network costs: Zayo’s Managed Edge reduces cloud egress fees and eliminates pricey network builds. Zayo’s co-hosted gateways integrate with fiber into private cloud gateways to create a true edge-to-core-to-cloud solution.
  • Optimized network performance: Zayo’s co-hosted gateways ensure reliable application and cloud performance by seamlessly integrating with Zayo’s fiber network for private, always-available enterprise network connections.

“Organizations are often hesitant to utilize SASE and SD-WAN because transitioning from their prior network connectivity can be difficult and cumbersome,” continued McKerley. “This partnership and the SD-WAN enhancements we’ve made give our customers the best of all worlds. We’re thrilled to be able to offer our customers an efficient network that’s secure, stable, scalable, and sustainable.”

Zayo’s newest Managed SASE solution and SD-WAN enhancements are immediately available via Zayo’s Managed Edge solution. For more information, visit: https://www.zayo.com/services/managed-edge/.

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