With nine data centers throughout the Midwestern United States, Cosentry provides a full range of solutions that solve mission critical IT infrastructure challenges. The company’s “customer first” culture—along with two decades of providing data center services that include colocation, cloud services, managed hosting, managed services, and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions—has created trusted business partnerships with customers seeking an extension of their internal IT team. This collaborative approach, fueled by a commitment to helping customers achieve strategic business goals, has accelerated the company’s growth and garnered Cosentry a spot on the list of Inc. Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies, eight years in a row
It was the company’s “customer first” approach that prompted a reevaluation of its existing network load balancers. Increasing failures were impacting Cosentry’s ability to deliver on its 100 percent uptime guarantee, in addition to creating support and troubleshooting issues as these failures became more time-consuming and resource-intensive. Also, the existing solution was hardware-based, making it a CapEx spend. If Cosentry moved to a software-based solution, it could potentially shift this cost to an OpEx spend and enable faster provisioning, providing a win-win for both the company and its customers.
When evaluating new technology, Cosentry first puts it to the test in its own environment. Pulse Secure Virtual Traffic Manager (vTM) offered a software-based option that was easy to use and reliable, while providing a level of intelligence previously unavailable in the company’s existing load balancers. With Pulse Secure vTM in place for testing, the team set about creating the most extreme use conditions, and each time the solution passed with flying colors.
“Industry-proven supportability and stability were our primary concerns when considering a new solution,” explains Josh Allen, Web Operations Infrastructure Engineer at Cosentry. “As we evaluated Pulse Secure Virtual Traffic Manager, it became clear that the easy-to-use interface would greatly improve our team’s ability to support customers, and testing proved that the reliability was unparalleled—we couldn’t break it.”