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Palo Alto beefs-up its SD-WAN menu with machine learning, analytics

With an eye toward adding intelligence and growing deployment options, Palo Alto Networks has rolled out analytics, machine learning, and  new hardware appliances for its recently acquired SD-WAN package.

The company bought cloud-based SD-WAN vendor CloudGenix earlier this year for $420 million and promised to integrate and augment CloudGenix’s intelligent cloud-managed SD-WAN products and technology as well as integrate it with Palo Alto’s cloud-based security package Prisma.

Prisma includes access control, advanced threat protection, user behavior monitoring and  other services that promise to protect enterprise applications and resources.  Palo Alto says CloudGenix SD-WAN now integrates with Prisma Access so customers can secure branch traffic as well as traffic from the branch to any applications hosted in public or private cloud. In this case, the company has added machine learning (ML) and analytics features to CloudGenix SD-WAN. 

On the ML side, the system can now correlate alarms and automatically find and identify the common root-cause of problems and when possible, automate problem resolution, said Anand Oswal senior vice president and GM at Palo Alto.

The new analytics support helps customers with  capacity planning by letting operators understand what WAN connections they are using, when they are using them, and what applications are driving that use, Oswal said.

The idea is to reduce  problem-resolution times and increase application uptime, which is key as customers deploy SD-WANs to connect to cloud-based resources and remote, home-based workers, Oswal said.

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