The Zscaler cloud security platform took years to build by a world-class engineering team, which created a technology stack that has literally been built from scratch to be a truly multi-tenant distributed cloud service with more than 100 patents filed and counting. As revolutionary as Zscaler Internet Access is, we didn’t stop to rest on our laurels. We leveraged this industry-changing technical foundation and continued to innovate in new and radical ways. It’s fairly unusual for a company to establish an emerging technologies engineering team when it’s barely five years old itself; that kind of investment is basically a startup within a startup. But that’s exactly what Zscaler did. Nearly five years ago, we established our emerging technologies team and started building on top of our existing cloud platform to address adjacent customer needs that, when coupled with Zscaler Internet Access, would truly deliver on the vision of the company to provide a full security check post in the cloud. It not only could sit between users and internet destinations, but could also sit between users and private applications, whether they existed in the corporate data center or moved out to public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service providers like Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure.
As customers began to rethink their network security architectures, they also wanted to rethink VPN architectures. They were not only concerned with remote access solutions, but the more fundamental question of how user should access private, internal applications. Our team was exploring some of these same questions.
In late 2016, after years of dedicated engineering effort from the emerging technologies team, we launched Zscaler Private Access. Just as Zscaler Internet Access disregarded decades of traditional network security approaches, Zscaler Private Access disregarded decades of traditional VPN technologies. It took years of continued innovation and even more patents to figure out three key technology milestones:
It’s an amazing honor to be part of a team in a company that has had not one but two radical innovations, and I can guarantee it won’t stop here.