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On Soha, DevOps, AWS, VPNs and Drones

[fa icon="calendar"] Apr 24, 2015 11:00:45 AM / by FarazS

Yes, all of those items really belong together. Let me explain.

Yesterday I met with Ilya Fomin, who is managing the DevOps group in Align Technology Inc. (www.aligntech.com), to congratulate him on winning the drone that Soha Systems gave away at the AWS Summit in San Francisco. He was excited and happy to be a lucky winner of the drone.

Faraz Drone

Faraz Siddiqui (faraz@soha.io) with Ilya

We got an opportunity to listen to his top DevOps infrastructure in the Public Cloud security concerns. We heard how painful it is for his team to access applications like Jenkins and Jira to provide continuous integration services for software development using a VPN connection. His frustrations/biggest concerns included frequent VPN tunnel disconnections, VPN client installation, operating system support and giving unnecessary access to entire IP subnets.

He has struggled with enabling security for his enterprise applications at the expense of the time and cost associated with VPN management because it resulted in the following challenges:

  • Setting up multiple site-to-site VPNs, which often takes weeks or months
  • Private IP address overlaps across customer networks make the network extremely complex
  • Network design made it impossible to mobilize NOC operations

We also got an opportunity to share an overview of the Soha Cloud and demonstrate the configuration of Jenkins and Confluence applications in less than 15 minutes, exposed over Internet behind the 9-layer of security walls with Soha Cloud, while accessing application URLs over HTTPs using a browser without dialing a VPN connection.

Ilya was thrilled to see his application completely locked behind the firewall and accessing it without any VPN component to worry about. He quickly signed up for the Soha free trial at http://soha.io/signup to play more around the other use cases, and promised to send us pictures once he get’s his drone up and running.

Topics: Blog


Written by FarazS