SASE market hits $8.4bn for 2023 with Zscaler top of the charts

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The secure access service edge (SASE) market broke the $8 billion (£6.27bn) revenue barrier in 2023, according to Dell’Oro Group – a marker the industry analyst has described as a ‘significant milestone.’

The sector topped out at $8.4bn for 2023, at a 31% growth rate. From that overall revenue marker, the SSE (secure service edge) segment of the SASE market was at more than $4bn, with the SD-WAN segment surpassing $3bn, although at a slower growth rate than the previous year of 28%.

SASE is defined as a ‘cloud architecture model that bundles together network and cloud-native security technologies [to] deliver them as a single cloud service’, and brings together various security and network technologies. To give one example, Zscaler’s SASE offering is built on its SSE foundations, promising a ‘fresh approach to SD-WAN that securely and reliably connects users, locations, and cloud services’.

The six leading SASE vendors – Zscaler, Cisco, Palo Alto Networks, Symantec/Broadcom, Fortinet and Netskope – accounted for almost two thirds (65%) of market revenue. Dell’Oro Group notes that this signifies maturation and consolidation in the market, as is the trend of single-vendor SASE solutions moving ahead of multi-vendor offerings.

Ultimately, what is driving greater SASE usage is the increasing necessity for secure cloud and remote work solutions. “As enterprises worldwide navigate the complexities of remote work and cloud integration, the preference for comprehensive SASE solutions becomes more pronounced,” said Mauricio Sanchez, senior research director, enterprise networking and security at Dell’Oro Group.

“The market growth in 2023 highlights the importance of SASE in modern cybersecurity strategies and reflects the industry’s confidence in these platforms to provide robust, scalable protection,” added Sanchez.

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