With millions of unique visitors to its website and over 5,000 requests per second during peak periods, online retailer Gilt Groupe could lose a large percentage of its daily profits in just 10 minutes of downtime. Looking to ensure a consistently excellent customer experience, increase revenue, and decrease back-end costs, Gilt Groupe made the move to virtualization with Pulse Secure as their traffic management solution.
Gilt Groupe was looking for the best way to grow fast, and quickly decided that moving to a cloud environment would provide the flexibility, scalability, and speed of deployment they needed.
With Gilt Groupe already using Pulse Secure in the physical environment, they realized that the software-based Pulse Secure Virtual Traffic Manager would be able to move seamlessly with them into the cloud platform they had chosen.
Phong Nguyen, VP Research & Development and Founder at Gilt Groupe, explains, “A virtualized Pulse Secure solution made a lot of sense— we could set up additional servers in minutes and also run more redundancy across a larger number of physical servers.”
Gilt Groupe faced several challenges in moving their architecture into a cloud environment, but the Pulse Secure Virtual Traffic Manager was not one of them. “With all the complexity of moving from a hosted environment to a full cloud environment, we were pleasantly surprised to see just how simple the Pulse Secure components were to operate. Everything worked well, from details like SSL Certificates to preventing fault tolerance in the cluster.”
Using the Pulse Secure subscription model enabled Gilt Groupe to roll out a larger number of Pulse Secure servers. Nguyen continued, “We implemented a multi-tier, service-oriented architecture, with multiple independent clusters all managed from Pulse Secure. This allows us to manage all aspects of the infrastructure with a common, reliable load balancer and content cache.
“We have a service-oriented architecture, in which the data sources are split into various different pools. We use Pulse Secure to do all the routing and in some cases manage the authentication to the services.”