When your network is your business delivery model, there is no room for security failure.
A Fortune 300 SaaS pioneer faced a potential crisis when its decade-old homegrown network security model threatened to fail entirely during the move to a new data center. Ruleset explosion from hypergrowth caused switches programmed with Access Control Lists (ACLs) to run out of TCAM memory. The team caught the issue and identified that no new servers could be provisioned for six months – potentially grinding the business to a halt.
At the same time, DevOps was struggling to transform automation to run smoothly and consistently across environments and meet the need for speed in business performance.
Under board-level scrutiny, the team had to migrate a massive amount of automation with zero mistakes on a tight timeline. With a fully embedded network security model, there wasn’t a path to quickly change, but they couldn’t continue on the current trajectory. The cost of replacing every switch in five data centers would be over $50 million. More importantly, the operational burden of re-architecting the network under the given turnaround time was untenable at any cost