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by Rich Bourdeau

UNM_Logo_1The University of New Mexico is a state run university and research institution with over 35,000 students and 9,100 staff.  For the last two years they have been utilizing VMware’s vRealize Automation to improve the speed, efficiency, and reliability of the IT resources they provide their users.  Their “Lobo Cloud” gives each department  the ability to deploy Windows and Linux systems and applications with the specific amount of resources to meet their needs.

Security in a shared multi-tenant environment

vRealize Automation provided the governance and control that allows each department to see only the services they had been entitled to and consume only the resources that had been allocated for each department.  However, once a system was provisioned into this shared environment there was less security in place that prevented one department from seeing the systems used by another department.

VMware NSX with its micro-segmentation capabilities  allowed the IT department at the university to configure more granular security domains and network services by departments. In addition, they could also dynamically configure application centric networking policies allowing them to deliver network and security services specific to different types of applications.

Because the University deals in a lot of sensitive data their systems are frequently audited for compliance to regulatory standards such as FERPA, CIPA, HIPAA and others.  Utilizing vRealize Automation and NSX they can now blueprint systems which meet these requirements.  Automation not only assures speed and efficiency, but standardization helps simplify the process of making sure there applications meet the relevant compliance standards.

 

 

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