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Cato Networks provides organizations with a cloud-based and secure global SD-WAN. Cato delivers an integrated networking and security platform that securely connects all enterprise locations, people, and data. The Cato Cloud cuts MPLS costs, improves performance between global locations, eliminates branch appliances, provides secure Internet access everywhere, and seamlessly integrates mobile users and cloud datacenters into the WAN. Based in Tel Aviv, Israel, Cato Networks was founded in 2015 by cybersecurity luminary Shlomo Kramer, who previously cofounded Check Point Software Technologies and Imperva, and Gur Shatz, who previously cofounded Incapsula. The Cato Cloud connects all the enterprise network elements, including branch locations, the mobile workforce, and physical and cloud datacenters, into a global, encrypted and optimized SD-WAN in the cloud. With all WAN and Internet traffic consolidated in the cloud, Cato applies a set of security services to protect all traffic at all times.

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Director, IT
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"Migrating from hardware to the cloud"

What do you like best?

Being able to manage all the offices and users in single interface, and being able to turn on a new rule and have it roll out immediately has been great. It;s also a relief to not to have to wait for a reminder email or check the firewall to see if there is an update that needs to be installed; it gets done automatically while I sleep.

What do you dislike?

We have been having to contact the support team any time a new version is available so that we can get an MSI version to push out via IT tools.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you have a large firewall deployment with a centralized management, this product may not provide as much additional functionality as smaller shops who don't currently have a centralized admin portal

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have a fairly distributed employee base where many of them are never in a corporate office. They are now full-time VPN users which means that their computers talk to the domain and now fully participate in corporate policies.

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"Simple and effective security for businesses without large IT teams"

What do you like best?

easy to setup and manage via online portal. Flexible alerting reduces false positives.

What do you dislike?

it would help if there was more direction on what to do when encountering threats (e.g., close ports x, y, z or disable access for these IP addresses on the local LAN due to spurious traffic, etc.)

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Cato has great security at an affordable cost for smaller businesses. Doesn't require an IT team; one admin can do it all. Also provides VPN solutions for mobile users (both laptop and smart phone/tablet) as well. In most cases a small company with one or two sites can be up and running in 1 day, once the small devices that encrypt the LAN traffic are received. Installation is as simple as connecting the LAN to the encryption device and then connecting it to the cable modem.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Low end cable modems with poor firewalls weren't enough to keep the bad guys out. Early warning when bad traffic is leaving the network, such as the case in spambot activity from previous hack. Great security features for a low pay-as-you-go price.

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Hospital & Health Care
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"Cost Savings and better security!!"

What do you like best?

Cato has the most amazing support team! They are always on top of anything I may need help with. I also love the fact that my network security is now mostly "hands off" from an internal staff perspective.

What do you dislike?

Currently, I have no dislikes related to Cato. If there was anything I could wish for, it'd be the ability to prioritize packets on our network, and I believe that is in development at Cato.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I highly recommend this product! It's been a great service and helped us reduce overhead costs.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are solving issues with security across the board. Cato Networks has saved us a ton of money on MPLS circuits. We are now connected thru Cato, so we are able to have far less expensive Internet Pipes in all of our multiple offices. Cato has helped us reduce the security overhead, including costs of equipment and cost of staff time.

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Computer & Network Security
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"Very promising product and services for easy-to-use Network Security and Firewall as a Service"

What do you like best?

How easy is to configure CATO networks Firewall As A Service and its security features to be applied to the company internet infrastructure. The Management interface design is very understandable and easy to navigate. One more think to like most is the easy way to connect the various branches with each other through the CATO Networks Infrastructure using Centralized VPNs. Last but not least, it supports user-based VPN for remote access to the various company's locations.

What do you dislike?

I would like to have more options on controlling the Services provided through CATO Networks and also the parameters of the Socket appliance. Moreover, we would like to be able to integrate all the logs from the service to our syslog/SIEM solution but unfortunately there is no integration with syslog to send the logs to. Moreover there should be support for more Operating Systems for the user VPN client functionality and there is no easy way to download the VPN client.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

You should evaluate the product first in order to see if it really meets your business needs. This may be a very good opportunity for Businesses that need a quick and easy solution for their branches.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Security as a Service with Cloud-based centralized Firewall / security features that can be applied to multiple locations (branches). Also it resolves with easy way problems with site-to-site VPNs due to the ease of setup of centralized VPN topology. Moreover, the analytics section covers an overview of the security features offered by the service.

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"Happy with my experience."

What do you like best?

Automatic firewall security updates, no end of life hardware notifications to buy expensive new equipment or I would no longer receive firewall updates. Ease of use, specifically with VPN's to remote sites.

What do you dislike?

Would like to see filtering at the user or individual machine level instead of site level.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Seriously consider Cato if you are nearing end of life on you security appliances.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The uptime between remote sites has improved greatly. Set up time adding new sites is much faster and very easy. I feel more comfortable with my security level at all of my remote sites, because I would sometimes not pay the expensive annual fee and stop receiving updates to the firewall on my old device. I also have a much better view of what is going on at all of my sites on the dashboard, which has helped more than once finding trouble with my Internet providers.

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"Great product, Great team"

What do you like best?

The support. The team is excellent. They know their business and want to see you succeed. Their response time on issues in excellent. Also the core system is much easier to administer than having separate firewall/VPN on each site.

What do you dislike?

Not much. They are a startup still (though the product is definitely stable), but from time to time you'll find a feature still missing.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Talk to the team about your intended implementation. They are a fast growing company, so are still seeing new use cases. Your case will get put to the core engineers if they haven't seen it before.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We brought 5 offices and 80+ VPN users under one SD-WAN with unified administration. And with Cato we were able to use standard business internet, 10X the download/upload speeds over our MPLS for a lower cost. We also opted for the network level anti-virus and TLS-inspection

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Hospitality
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"CATO simplify and bridges our various offices under one roof"

What do you like best?

Hassle free setup & maintenance. Just required plug and go. Easy cloud based maintenance control panel for novice users. Simple VPN connectivity for our employees via the app. Great analytics data provided on the events happening on the network. Build in Firewall and Threat protection is useful.

What do you dislike?

Suggest more features can be configured by Administrators.

The cost can be better when purchasing a higher bandwidth grade.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Companies with multiple sites around the world, allowing seamlessly connected to each other with minimal configuration required. Cutting cost on network maintenance/upgrades. Extra layer of firewall and URL filtering is an useful feature.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

WAN Network Firewall & URL filtering to filter threats

VPN, allow users connect to our site seamlessly via app

Eliminating of site to site VPN.

Reasonable cost for the features and support provided.

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"All in one security solution"

What do you like best?

The primary reason for choosing Cato lies with the ability to function as a MPLS network, firewall as a service, VPN and IPS all in one. Our interaction with our Cato counterpart, Joel Tian who is the engineering director, gave us the assurance that SD-WAN is the future.

What do you dislike?

Cato's firewall SaaS is still in their infancy stage and would require more building on to do deeper level analysis required by administrators.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Work closely with your Cato representative. They are the experts in networking and will assist you in every way possible

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Faced with an ever-increasing cost with MPLS, advance security threats and increase in users due to expansion, we needed a centralise solution which can ease our workload in managing our security concerns and user management but at a low cost. Our secondary objective is to find a reliable after-sales support to assist us in times of needs.

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What do you like best?

We're using Cato for our Headquarter, AWS and 1 IPSEC tunnel and what we like the most is the simplicity of connecting different sites and VPN users. We don't have to worry about the encryption, security or configurations. It's almost plug and play.

What do you dislike?

I don't know if there is any dislikes in our company. One of the things that we value the most is the speed of solving problems. I know the company is just starting with this concept and thats probably the reason why Cato is still improving their service

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Easy to use, install, configure. No worries about security, configuration, testing and other things.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We're about to solve a common problem; expanding our company. This would mean that we have to configure network and security in the other building. Testing and reconfiguring. With Cato is very easy to expand your network and have the same security and access.

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"CATO is a game changer"

What do you like best?

the fact its cloud based and has very little onsite hardware. they also have very useful features to enable IT to support the users and the business.

What do you dislike?

the fact we have to go via a re-seller to obtain the product and support. but i am sure that will change.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Consider CATO and compare before using any WAN or cloud based security, especially if there are services or hardware needed to implement the solution. CATO allows your business to be flexible in its approach to connectivity.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Speed, management, monitoring of the WAN

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"Simplify Network Management while increase features and security"

What do you like best?

Cato's ability to easily connect multiple sites and allow communication as one network, while having one pane of glass to manage it.

What do you dislike?

Training on the product has been all self-taught and experienced though resolution though issues with support. I would prefer an overview as well as an in-depth training course on their products.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

How many locations you have, mobile users you have and access to multiple forms of internet.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Finding a cost-effective way to take advantage of any internet connection so not to limit where we expand to physically. This also allowed us to easily become multi-homed due to the nature of how easy it was to work with any internet connection to become a secure part of our network.

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"very good conecpt of the SD-WAN with security function"

What do you like best?

1. the design and concept is very nice, centralized policy management.

2. easy to maintain and admin

What do you dislike?

1. the WAN firewall rule cannot customize define the port number, because current ports limit is not working properly.

2. user awareness seems like need to take some time, and if user is using MacBook, seems like Cato cannot detect the user id.

3. event logs cannot see real time, need take sometimes to see

4. vpn client currently only support windows version for Azure SSO

Recommendations to others considering the product:

to improve WAN firewall function like a real firewall

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

1. reduce policy define to everywhere, just need centralized defined at cato cloud.

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"Its straight forward, simple and just works"

What do you like best?

I like the speed and simplicity of setup and configuration.

I like the responsiveness of the company to questions and suggestions.

What do you dislike?

The dialog around the different offerings is a little unclear to new customers, however once explained the product is clear and simple.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Connectivity, simple, fast and secure. This means that no matter where people are or what they are doing they can be in the network, controlled and managed.

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"Cato review"

What do you like best?

The consistency with the support and the uptime.

What do you dislike?

Don't have an dislikes at this point. The problem we had initially we found out it was on our end.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed a WAN solution to connect all across the globe. We have before of food speeds even from the other side of the globe.

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"Cato"

What do you like best?

The easy of installation and configuration of the solution.

Easy to manage and provide fast connection via the VPN solution.

What do you dislike?

Can't work on private network, else I think is a very good product.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Ease of management and provide oversight of your network.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Managing multiple sites and security issues, with this it can be manage using a single portal that provide overall view of the network.

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"A one stop shop solution that enable me to control my users in my wide area lan over all the world"

What do you like best?

It let me focus on the business needs because I'm shore that cato do the network routing and secure my network better then I will do.

What do you dislike?

My users suffer from time to time from disconnection form the wifi when they at home and connected to cato.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I Wholeheartedly Recommend as a very good solution to multi cloud and multi region organisation.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- Enable our developers to connect from any place to our datacenters all over the world.

- Enable me to control which user can access to which application.

- Speed up my network to china

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"great support team!"

What do you like best?

The support team is extremely knowledgeable and ready to help!

What do you dislike?

with anything that has a software component, there will be bugs. however their team fixes them quickly once found.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

we are using cato as another layer of security for our network as well as a vpn.

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"Cato Networks Review"

What do you like best?

Secure SDWAN,Firewall as a Service,future

What do you dislike?

Granular firewall, Intrusion Prevention System and Anti Malware controls

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are looking for secure low latency global secure SD WAN solution that includes Threat Prevention, look no further.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Replacing public WAN with Secure SD-WAN that includes low latency backbone

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"Brilliant MPLS replacement"

What do you like best?

firewall, url filters, vpn - simplicity in setup

You can also set the product up within your existing network to trial it

What do you dislike?

not found anything yet - if i have to be really picky, the fan on the x1500 could be a bit quieter but that really isnt an issue if you have it installed in a comms room

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Try it! you can implement cato without disrupting your existing network so what have you got to lose?

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Securing mpls circuits, simplyfying support, reducing overall cost of ownership

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"Switched from MPLS to Cato SD-WAN and wouldn't look back."

What do you like best?

The simplicity in both UI & UX of the management portal.

What do you dislike?

Only thing I can discredit them for currently is that SSO isn't available on the mobile apps however I expect this to come with a future release.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We previously had an expensive and rigid MPLS WAN and switching to Cato has made our network quicker, and more flexible should we need to add more sites or offices to our SD-WAN in the future.

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Information Technology and Services
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"CATO Networks enriched VPN alternative"

What do you like best?

Ability to simply connect remote offices with security features. Ease of use for typical administrator.

Lot of features packed which is great for smaller companies: NextGen Firewalling, URL filtering, Malware Protection IPS, Forensics and Extrusion Prevention.

What do you dislike?

There is not a 4G / LTE nor Wireless socket option to go with device which is mandatory for our application of this kind of solution.

Potential weakness in number and locations of DC's.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Connecting remote offices with central location and applying security with reporting. Quick and fast deployment.

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"Quick and Easy SDwan solution"

What do you like best?

They have a easy system which allowed us to deploy their Cato boxes to multiple sites at the same time and we had it all up and running in about an hour. The support is excellent and they reply quickly.

What do you dislike?

To be honest I do not have anything to put here , great job guys keep up the hard work.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

QOS is needed for bandwidth management

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Provides always up internet connection with little to no management required , excellent virus and firewall protection .

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"No more monopolies"

What do you like best?

Cato is disrupting a 25 year old monopolized MPLS market and presenting the world with today's technology capabilities and competencies that are equal in service together with 5 in 1 cloud security. It's so simple is worth billions back to the client.

What do you dislike?

That this wasnt available 5 years ago and therefore unable to muscle in the competition.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

To provide value added cyber security services together with a connectivity MSSP proposition. Control has been regained for the channel.

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"Great service for small-to-medium sized distributed teams"

What do you like best?

Cato Networks has filled some of our networking needs allowing our infrastructure team to worry about more important problems, and their support has been exceptional.

What do you dislike?

We've experienced some intermittent issues with our dedicated endpoint, but their support is very responsive when we raise issues.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our team is globally distributed. Cato allows to make internal services available to our team members without having to manage our own VPN infrastructure.

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"Easy to use"

What do you like best?

The simplicity of Cato. Nice UI and easy to use. Support response time is super quick!

What do you dislike?

The admin portal is a little slow and buggy at times.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Getting VPN solution for all our workstations.

Cato Networks User Ratings

9.1
Ease of Use
Average: 8.8*
8.8
Quality of Support
Average: 8.6*
8.7
Ease of Setup
Average: 8.4*
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