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Palo Alto Networks Completes CloudGenix SD-WAN Acquisition, Plans SASE Push

Palo Alto Networks has completed the $420 million CloudGenix acquisition — essentially countering Cisco Systems, Dell’s VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud, and Aryaka (among others) in the SD-WAN secure networking market.

Palo Alto Networks CEO Nikesh Arora

CloudGenix’s technology will tuck into Palo Alto Networks’ secure access service edge (SASE) platform — known as Palo Alto Networks Prisma Access. The platform delivers a global cloud network with cloud-delivered security, the company says.

CloudGenix co-founders Kumar RamachandranMani Ramasamy and Venkataraman Anand have agreed to join Palo Alto Networks. Palo Alto Networks paid approximately $420 million in cash, excluding purchase price adjustments, to acquire CloudGenix.

In a prepared statement about the acquisition, Palo Alto Networks CEO Nikesh Arora said:

“We are excited to welcome CloudGenix to Palo Alto Networks. CloudGenix has shown tremendous vision for how enterprises need to shift their security posture in today’s cloud-scale, distributed environments. The integration of our platforms into a best-in-class SASE offering will benefit not only our combined customer base, but the industry at large as it continues to undergo network and security transformation.”

MSSPs and SD-WANs

Although the SD-WAN market is growing rapidly, many of the key players are overlooking MSSPs as a potential partner ecosystem and deployment model for SD-WAN expansion.

Key MSSP-focused players in the SD-WAN market include Cisco, Forinet and Netsurion, among others. Palo Alto Networks also has a strong following in the MSSP partner ecosystem, though we’re watching to see if or how the CloudGenix code will assist MSSPs with their network and cybersecurity practices.

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