BT-Managed VMware SASE Service Debuts
January 24, 2022
made an agreement with BT to offer multinational customers more choice
and flexibility in how they embrace a cloud-first approach to
networking, security, and edge computing.
Under the terms of the agreement, BT will offer its customers VMware
Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) as a global managed service, combining
BT’s extensive networking capabilities and in-depth security expertise
with VMware technology.
The launch of the BT-managed service builds on the strong partnership
between the companies. BT already offers a managed service based on
The new managed service will help customers accelerate their digital
transformation by providing employees wherever they are with flexible,
more secure, and reliable access to cloud-based applications and
services deployed in public and private clouds, SaaS, or at the
enterprise edge. It will support the adoption of the latest digital
technologies and workstyles, including IoT and hybrid working.
As part of the single-vendor ecosystem managed service, BT will provide
full end-to-end support across networking and security, protecting
access to applications and data across private, hybrid and multi-clouds.
This will remove complexity for customers on adopting a full SASE
approach and will be especially compelling for those looking to
transform both networking and security operations.
VMware’s comprehensive cloud-delivered SASE solution brings together:
Network performance benefits of SD-WAN
Integrated security services delivered from the cloud
The ability to support modern distributed applications, all of which
will benefit from artificial intelligence for IT operations, or AIOps,
for faster problem resolution.
These capabilities are delivered as a service from a global network of
over 150 points of presence (PoPs) deployed by VMware and its SASE
service provider partners. BT will peer its network PoPs with VMware
PoPs, so customers have an enhanced end user experience on the VMware
The new BT-managed VMware SASE service will launch with features
including URL filtering; in-line cloud access security broker (CASB) to
protect user activity; content filtering to reduce attack surfaces; and
content inspection to protect against malware attacks.
For customers looking to adopt hybrid workstyles, BT will provide VMware
Secure Access. This zero-trust network access service allows only
trusted devices and remote workers to access enterprise applications
hosted on premises or in the cloud.
VMware and BT plan to work together to introduce new features to the
managed service over the coming months.
Cowling, Director, Software Defined Networks, BT, said, “Many
organizations are deploying cloud networking with SD-WAN technology.
SASE takes this approach to the next level with an architecture that
enables delivery of networking, security, and edge compute services from
the cloud. Launching our managed VMware SASE solution will help
customers address networking and security challenges seamlessly as one.”
Craig Connors, vice president and general manager for VMware’s SASE
business, said, “Leading service providers like BT have modernized their
networks so they can deliver a new category of services to enterprise
customers. SASE has emerged as the blueprint for modern networking and
security, and we are pleased BT has selected VMware SASE to simplify
their customers’ multi-cloud journey.”