September 14, 2017 | Pramod Veerannagari
Gigamon wanted to be able to take its new Gigamon Visibility Platform for AWS to possible users/customers as quickly as possible and showcase its capabilities. The requirement was to quickly create a Test Drive environment and build Gigamon stack through automation. Once the Test Drive duration is complete and the clients have completed their testing it needed to tear down the Gigamon stack automatically as well.
Traditional methods of network, security and applications monitoring are less and less useful as the changes brought by developments like cloud computing and virtualization continue to evolve. In order to help companies meet the challenge of understanding all the traffic traversing their increasingly complicated networks, Gigamon recently developed the the industry’s first pervasive visibility platform, the Gigamon Visibility Platform for AWS, that provides consistent visibility into data in motion across networks for the entire enterprise: on-premise, public, private, and hybrid clouds.
Gigamon wanted REAN Cloud to help ensure that prospective Gigamon customers can check out the platform in AWS before they make a purchasing decision. To do so, the company asked REAN Cloud to create the architecture and automate the deployment of both AWS Test Drive and AWS Quick Start for the Gigamon Visibility Platform for AWS. AWS Test Drive provides an IT sandbox environment for third-parties to explore and test the Gigamon Visibility Platform and AWS Quick Start enables third-parties to use their own AWS account for piloting or the production use of the Gigamon Visibility Platform.
The REAN Cloud team reviewed the project requirements and recommended using REAN Deploy to automate the initiation and running of an AWS Test Drive. REAN Deploy helps in defining complex architectures with rich GUI once before deploying the architectures to multiple target environments, thereby creating a one-click deployment. REAN Deploy enables the deployment of infrastructure and application stacks anywhere, anytime, and on any cloud in minutes. It is a platform-agnostic tool that works with different hypervisors including AWS, Azure and VMware.
REAN Deploy has met Gigamon’s requirements and provides all the automation capabilities the company’s new platform needs. When users visit the Gigamon Test Drive website, they are asked to fill out and submit a Test Drive form with their information. This action triggers a REAN Deploy REST API. REAN Deploy then creates a complete new environment specifically for users which is available for a limited amount of time. Once the time expires, REAN Deploy emails users notifying them of the end of their Test Drive and destroys the environment.
AWS Quick Starts help users gain a deeper understanding of the Gigamon tools by enabling them to interact with those tools in the environment they are used to using. The process is simple. When the users submit their information on the Gigamon webpage, an API call is made to REAN Deploy to create the necessary AWS connections then copy and deploy the environment in the users’ AWS accounts. The system then generates an email with a login link for their QuickStart environment as well as a link to destroy that environment. Once users complete their QuickStart experience, they click on the second link and REAN Deploy then destroys the environment.
Using REAN Deploy, Gigamon was able to visualize and design the Test Drive and QuickStart environments, integrate REAN Deploy with its public portal and fully automate both the deployment and tearing down of the environments end-to-end.