Cato Networks Overview

Cato Networks is the #3 ranked solution in our list of top WAN Optimization tools. It is most often compared to Zscaler SASE: Cato Networks vs Zscaler SASE

What is Cato Networks?

Cato connects your branch locations, physical and cloud datacenters, and mobile users into a secure and optimized global network in the cloud.

One Network, protected by One Security stack and enforcing One Policy.

The Cato Cloud Network is built on a globally distributed network of Points of Presence (PoPs). TheĀ PoPs are interconnected with an encrypted and optimized multi-carrier private backbone to ensure optimal global traffic routing. The Cato Cloud Network provides an affordable, SLA-backed, global enterprise network backbone.

Cato Networks Buyer's Guide

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Cato Networks Customers

Paysafe, AdRoll, Pet Lovers Centre,Ā Arlington Orthopedics, Humphreys & Partners Architects

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about Cato Networks pricing:
  • "You pay yearly based on the speed of your network. If you increase the speed of your network, you increase the cost for your throughput. It is by bandwidth for the most part and then licenses for VPN. There is some per-seat licensing for VPN access, but the majority of it is minimal. It is like $30 a year per client. The rest is based on how much bandwidth you'll use. You pay for that upfront for the year, and if you have to increase it, you increase it, and then they let you send more data through. There are no additional costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."
  • "If you compare with VeloCloud, the price is the same or even cheaper."
  • "The price is not an issue for us, as it is priced more competitively than some other vendors."

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reviewer1344534
IT Manager at a retailer with 51-200 employees
Real User
Dec 6, 2020
Easy to deploy, easy to manage, and helpful for network stability and reliability

What is our primary use case?

It is a primary router for the network. It is a cloud solution with on-prem routers. Basically, we got a router here, and we utilize our network connections to get to Cato Network's cloud. We route our traffic through their cloud for security and everything else.

Pros and Cons

  • "The WAN aggregation feature is the most valuable."
  • "Its functionality is a bit limited in some areas as compared to a Cisco solution. It is not as granular. It doesn't have the manageability, feature set, and capabilities of a larger or an enterprise-level solution. It just needs a more robust feature set and granularity."

What other advice do I have?

It is worth looking at for a small to medium size environment, but it has got to fit your situation. We don't use it for what it was really made to do. It just has one feature that affects us, so we use it for that. In all honesty, it is not something that we are really using to its full potential. I would rate Cato Networks an eight out of ten. It is fairly new, so there are some things that it should do, and they're working on it.
reviewer1355865
IT Manager / Project Coordinator at a healthcare company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Oct 18, 2020
Integrates well with everything, technical support is very helpful, and it is all managed from a single pane of glass

What is our primary use case?

It's a network device that is used for WAN optimization and security.

Pros and Cons

  • "It's a cloud-based solution that integrates well with everything."
  • "I would like to see better integration with identity providers."

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is looking into Cato is to consider their environment. If they have a scenario where it is 80% cloud-based and 20% internal traffic, then Cato is a good choice. If on the other hand, they have internal applications with a data center then other solutions may make more sense. For us, since we are fully cloud-based, it is a better choice. In summary, it is easy to implement and easy to manage. That said, there are always ways to improve. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.
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reviewer1319331
CTO at a retailer with 51-200 employees
Real User
Oct 4, 2020
Stable, easy to setup, the support is good, and it gives you higher internet bandwidth

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case of this solution is to replace the routers we have and to combine the various ISP into one trunk.

Pros and Cons

  • "The feature that I find to be the most valuable is the bandwidth aggregation."
  • "They can't do one-to-one NAT (Network Address Translation) in AP (their access point), and that is something that Palo Alto can do."

What other advice do I have?

It's a cloud solution. It has local hardware, but it's a could solution. If it's a good use case for you, then it's a good solution. Cato Networks seems to do everything we wanted it to do. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
Lorenzo Salvosa
Sr. Solutions Consultant Lead at MDI
Consultant
Top 10Leaderboard
May 5, 2020
Also functions as a next-gen firewall because it has security features

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case was to switch from MPLS to SD-WAN to minimize the cost. Also to have a cloud platform to transport traffic to different solutions to be more effective.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is that it also works as a next-gen firewall because it has security features."
  • "They should add more sophisticated security features. It should also be integrated into the cloud."

What other advice do I have?

If you really want to have a solution that has an easy deployment and provides SD-WAN and firewall abilities, go with Cato Networks. I would rate it an eight out of ten. Not a ten because they don't offer a VPN for the firewall. They should add more sophisticated security features. It should also be integrated into the cloud.