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Fact or Fiction: Are Software-Defined Perimeters Really the Next-Generation VPNs?


Enterprise access requirements are growing ever more complex due to application dynamics, cloud adoption and mergers. To cut through this complexity, technical professionals should explore SDP — a new technology whose strength lies in facilitating access to enterprise apps.

Published: 09 November 2018

ID: G00361345

Analyst(s): Joerg Fritsch Mark Judd

Table Of Contents


  • SDP: What It Is
  • Client-to-Site VPN Access Cannot Keep Up
  • SDP Architecture
  • How Difficult Is SDP to Deploy?
  • Mostly True: Software-Defined Perimeters Are the Next-Generation VPNs
  • Five Strategic Use Cases for SDP
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Use SDP as an Addition to Your Remote-Access Platform
  • Perform a Thorough Risk Assessment
  • Prefer SDP Vendors With Larger Numbers of Operational Enterprise Deployments
  • Put a POC Stage Into Your RFP

The Details

  • Representative SDP Vendors

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