It was just a nightmare," states Tarron Weir, vice president and chief technology officer for Hub International.
According to Tarron
, "We are constantly on the lookout for solutions and technologies that will make our lives easier."
For acquisitions, Hub
subscribes to the principle of least privilege, by essentially denying newly acquired firms access to everything, then backing up and providing access to essential resources."Once we complete an acquisition, it's critical to have network communications immediately and communications to certain applications," Weir
explains, "but we don't want to give them the whole house.
In fact, we ran into that situation again with our latest project based out of Fort Lee," confirms Weir
"It allows us to button it down right to the application itself," Weir
says."We might want to just give them billing, or just give them our financial system where they can do some read-only stuff.
"It's a great help to us, versus exposing the entire network," he
we can put some of our lesser-experienced engineers on the task," Weir
"We are using this solution strategically as an acquisition and integration tool," Weir
says, "but we're also using it in many other practical instances, such as failover, almost like we used to use ISDN and things like that."