From left to right: Hilik Besser, Senior Director of Business Operations, Cato Networks; Petar Krajina, Sr. Manager-Data Sales, e&; Mohamed Abbas A Moussa, Director-Hyperscalers Business, e&; Frank Rauch, Global Channel Chief, Cato Networks; Nabil Baccouche, Group Chief Carrier & Wholesale Officer, e&; Rashid Ali Al Ali, Sr. Vice President-International Data Business, e&; Raluca Berchiu, Head of Customer Experience & Marketing, e&.

The leader in SASE, Cato Networks has announced a strategic partnership with e& (etisalat and) during International Telecoms Week (ITW) in the United States, a significant move that will see the establishment of a new Point-of-Presence (PoP) within the global technology group’s SmartHub data centre in Fujairah. As one of the United Arab Emirates’ premier carrier-neutral data facilities, e&’s SmartHub will be a pivotal platform for Cato’s’ enterprise customers, enabling them to tap into a world of enhanced interconnectivity and Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) technology.

This collaboration is set to unlock many global interconnection opportunities for Cato’s customers. Enterprise customers will benefit from SmartHub’s extensive ecosystem, which offers unparalleled access to interconnected communities and ensures a broad reach to international markets. The integration into e&’s SmartHub will allow Cato’s customers to enjoy the advantages of reduced latency and superior connectivity performance, optimising their global communications and data transfer efficiency.

By leveraging SmartHub data centre’s state-of-the-art infrastructure and strategic location, Cato reaffirms its commitment to providing businesses with cutting-edge SASE solutions that empower their growth and global presence.

“Our partnership with e& provides organisations with unparalleled connectivity and a seamless network security stack, setting a new standard in flexibility and agility. Legacy network tools and hardware fall short of meeting the needs of modern enterprise clients, leaving them vulnerable to breaches. Organisations today require the efficiency and effectiveness of a cloud-native platform, delivering a comprehensive network and security infrastructure within minutes and hours. The Cato SASE Cloud Platform offers unmatched control and visibility, allowing a seamless connection from any edge to any service. This enables rapid time to value, increased operational resilience, and reduced risk and run costs,” comments Kanwar Loyal, VP for Northern Europe & MEA. “Cato is dedicated to supporting the Gulf region and recognises the significance of collaborating with global leaders such as e& to deliver secure digital services in an ever-expanding interconnected world.”

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Nabil Bacoucche, Group Chief Carrier & Wholesale Officer, e&, said: “We are excited to share our partnership with Cato Networks, which reflects our dedication to building a connected world that nurtures growth for both businesses and individuals. Leveraging our extensive network of strategically located data centres, we provide access to a significant portion of the global population through top-notch infrastructure. We are enthusiastic about supporting Cato Networks with a competitive advantage by seamlessly linking them to international digital networks.”

The robust infrastructure of SmartHub, embedded in submarine landing stations and terrestrial borders, connects the Middle East, Asia, and Europe and serves as an ICT bridge between continents. Ensuring seamless connectivity and continuity across regions, SmartHub offers a community-based ecosystem encompassing reliable caching servers and edge nodes serving internet users, hyper-scalers, content delivery networks (CDNs), video streaming and gaming platforms, and financial services providers.

Data centre security plays a pivotal role in storing and managing sensitive information critical to businesses and organisations. With the rise in cyber threats and physical security concerns, SmartHub data centre ensures safety and integrity and has achieved Uptime Institute TIER III, ISO/IEC 22301, and ISO/IEC 27001 certifications, validating its high standard of service delivery and ability to safeguard customers’ valuable assets effectively. The new SmartHub facility in Abu Dhabi received an ESTIDAMA Pearl Rating of 4 and USGBC LEED Gold Certification for sustainable operations and adherence to strict environmental standards.

As part of its green initiatives, e& is in the process of deploying efficient and sustainable systems in SmartHub Data Centres to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2030.

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