The IT team chose Illumio Core™ as a software-based solution that could apply consistent policy to heterogeneous sources, including the cloud, and stood up its Policy Compute Engine (the “central brain” of the solution) in 45 minutes to begin creating policy.
But there were operational benefits too, as the firm began working with application owners to build and enforce policy. Beyond making segmentation architecturally possible across the data estate, Illumio helped the firm gain efficiencies in understanding and troubleshooting application traffic. Application owners empowered with visibility could see where traffic was blocked and adjust policy according to easily understood labels in natural language, without talking to the networking team or dealing with IP addresses.
Since initial deployment, the firm has established evergreen client reporting to streamline its audit documentation obligations, designed more granular segmentation as part of its Phase Two “honeycombing” efforts, and plans to tighten up IP lists with nano-segmentation in Phase Three.