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Cato Networks expands Nordic presence with Copenhagen PoP

Cato promises less downtime and faster recovery for businesses using the new Denmark presence.

Security software provider Cato Networks has announced a new point of presence (PoP) in Copenhagen, Denmark. This marks the company’s second Nordic PoP and its 20th in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Cato said this will help expand its enterprise network protection across Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway. Cato’s new PoP extends its entire portfolio of cybersecurity services to regional businesses, the company said. 

“Sites and remote users connecting to the Copenhagen PoP enjoy optimized worldwide connectivity outperforming applications operating across MPLS services and the Internet. Cato security capabilities protect sites and remote users regardless if they’re accessing resources across the Internet or the WAN,” said Cato.

Cato Networks claims primacy in the Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) market as “the world’s first SASE platform.” SASE combines network security functions together with principles of SD-WAN. SASE is typically delivered on-demand in the cloud, as a managed service — part of the ever-expanding tapestry of “as a Service” solutions made possible by cloud computing. SD-WAN enables IT departments to direct network connectivity and functionality as discrete software functions instead of relying on specialized networking hardware. 

The PoP operates multiple multi-core compute nodes. Each core operates Cato’s converged software stack, which it calls Single Pass Cloud Engine, or SPACE. Each SPACE can process up to 3 Gigabits per second (Gbps) with full decryption and all security active, according to the company. 

“Dozens of Cato SPACEs in the PoP enable resilient and load balanced support of thousands of customers edges and multi-gigabit traffic streams. Multiple tier-1 carriers connect the Copenhagen PoP to the rest of Cato’s 70+ PoPs connecting customers in 150+ countries to the Cato Global Private Backbone,” said Cato Networks.

Services available from the PoP include Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA), Secure Web Gateway (SWG), Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), Firewall as a Service (FWaaS), IPS as a Service and Next Generation Anti-malware (NGAM). The company said that while the Copenhagen PoP is designed for high uptime and service availability, there are failure mitigations available.

“Should a datacenter hosting the Copenhagen PoP fail, users and resources automatically and transparently reconnect to the Stockholm PoP or the nearest optimal PoP. It was this same self-healing capability that during the recent outage of the London Interxion datacenter meant that Cato customers connected to Cato’s London PoP experienced only 30 seconds of downtime while the London Metal Exchange, also housed in the London Interxion datacenter, saw five hours of downtime,” said the company.

For Luca Simonelli, Cato’s VP of EMEA sales, the news of the new PoP comes at the right time.

“The wave of cyberattacks targeting Nordic enterprises has only contributed to the demand for effective and efficient ways of protecting users, locations, and applications everywhere,” said Simonelli.


Peter Cohen
Peter Cohen
Peter is Technology Editor for RCR Wireless News. His coverage areas include telco cloud and the convergence of 5G and cloud computing. Peter's background includes IT management and a decade as a senior editor at Macworld. He and his family live in Massachusetts.

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