It wasn’t long before AFA discovered and deployed Illumio Core™. After the initial demo, Mikael determined that it was the right solution and was keen to pursue a pilot. “I decided almost immediately that this is something we wanted to test,” said Mikael. “The simple yet powerful graphical map provided visibility that we never had before. I knew that it would be invaluable to easily understand and control what’s happening inside our network.”
Making up for time spent trying to segment with VLANs and firewalls, within two short months, the team identified their high-value applications, set their strategy, and installed Illumio Core. For a small core team with a big mission, the real-time application dependency map, Illumination, has been invaluable. They can now easily monitor East-West traffic between workloads and applications in their data centers, which is key to GDPR requirements for visualization and an understanding of connectivity.
For Network Security Engineer, Stefan Löfqvist, who bears the responsibility for firewall operations and Illumio Core, time is of the essence, so the efficiencies gained from the product are essential.
“Gaining live visibility into flows between workloads down to the paths of protocols provided immediate value. The ability to use the map to easily allowlist traffic and achieve the level of segmentation needed will be a tremendous time-saver over manually programming firewall rules.”
The map also allows AFA to test segmentation policies before they go into enforcement. They can now execute their segmentation strategy confidently, whether separating production from non-production environments or ringfencing applications, knowing that they won’t face downtime or risk business disruption.