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Challenge: Building a Microservices Foundation with Kubernetes
Like many organizations, Informatica transitioned to a microservices architecture and Kubernetes for scalability, flexibility and resiliency. This transition to decentralized microservices introduced challenges in monitoring and managing network communications and security, which led Informatica to adopt open source Istio. Istio is a service mesh project that helps organizations modernize their applications and thereby reduce complexity, improve security and reliability, and scale their applications to be more agile and flexible.
As Informatica continued to grow and the number of Kubernetes clusters on Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS) grew to roughly 300, product teams were challenged with several operational inefficiencies. Continuous update cycles resulted in separate pipelines for deployment because different product teams were running different versions of Istio. Additionally, Istio could not support the Informatica customers that were required by law to meet FedRAMP compliance or its government customers that required compliance with the Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) in order to build in AWS GovCloud.
Solution:Tetrate Istio Subscription and Expert Enterprise Support
Tetrate Istio Subscription (TIS) is built on top of open source Istio and solves for these operational inefficiencies. Not only did Tetrate help Informatica accelerate and streamline service mesh adoption throughout the organization, its Zero Trust security model provided multi-layer security for microservices and eliminated the time and effort required to manage authentication certificates at scale while delivering end-to-end FIPS compliance.
“Informatica is now receiving enterprise-level support from Tetrate for our 300 clusters on Amazon EKS,” said Deepak Deore, DevOps architect at Informatica. “As we upgraded our Istio instances in the implementation phase, we had weekly calls with Tetrate’s engineers to resolve any technical issues and disruptions. The support was top notch.”
Improved Business Agility, Enhanced Security and FIPS Compliance
Secured end-to-end FIPS compliance for AWS GovCloud
Decreased manual effort of building ARM Images that run on AWS Graviton from 3-4 days to a few seconds
Obtained customized Helm charts for its 300 Amazon EKS clusters, replacing the Istioctl command line tool that was incompatible with the team’s GitHub process and inconsistent with its Kubernetes configuration applications.