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Magnolia's Digital Experience Platform: Enhancing Content Delivery and Security with Fastly

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Technology Category
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) - Cloud Middleware & Microservices
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS) - Application Development Platforms
Applicable Industries
  • National Security & Defense
  • Transportation
Applicable Functions
  • Logistics & Transportation
  • Sales & Marketing
Use Cases
  • Last Mile Delivery
  • Tamper Detection
Services
  • Cloud Planning, Design & Implementation Services
  • System Integration
The Challenge
Magnolia, a leading Digital Experience Platform (DXP) provider, faced a significant challenge in meeting the evolving needs of its enterprise customers. For over 20 years, Magnolia had been providing its application for customers to host on-premises and later as a managed service in the cloud. However, customers increasingly demanded a platform that simplified infrastructure deployments and experience delivery, including an embedded Content Delivery Network (CDN) to handle domain certificates, DDoS mitigation, scaling, stability, caching, and Web Application Firewalls (WAFs). The challenge was to find a CDN vendor that could meet these demands and integrate seamlessly with Magnolia's service model. The CDN needed to be API-first for easy integrations and configurations, handle 100 terabytes (TB) of traffic per month, and complement Magnolia's business model. Additionally, Magnolia aimed to provide a Web Application Firewall (WAF) that would satisfy an increasingly security-conscious clientele, particularly in sectors like banking and finance.
About The Customer
Magnolia is a leading provider of a business-ready composable Digital Experience Platform (DXP). With over 450 enterprise customers, thousands of Community Edition deployments, and more than 200 certified Magnolia Partners around the world, the company serves leading companies including American Express, JetBlue, The New York Times, CNN, Sanofi, Sainsbury’s, Generali, and Ping An. Magnolia's platform consolidates all content in one central hub, connects any data source, application, or channel through easy integrations, and allows enterprises to create digital experiences in a unified authoring interface with a seamless workflow.
The Solution
After a rigorous evaluation process, Magnolia chose Fastly as its CDN vendor. Fastly not only met all the technical requirements but also impressed in terms of business requirements, support, availability, and consultancy. Fastly's CDN was embedded into Magnolia's platform as a service (PaaS), enhancing content delivery and security. Magnolia also implemented Fastly's Next-Gen WAF, running the solution at the edge. This WAF provided OWASP Top 10 standard protection and DDoS mitigation, along with fewer false positives, excellent reports, integration options with Slack, and automated certificate management every three months with Let's Encrypt. To further enhance the user experience, Magnolia integrated the customers' API and exposed key WAF statistics and dashboards in its platform's cockpit UI. The company also plans to introduce an intuitive Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) dashboard displaying detailed statistics and vulnerabilities relating to the CDN, application, infrastructure, and network.
Operational Impact
  • The integration of Fastly's CDN and Next-Gen WAF into Magnolia's platform has significantly enhanced the company's content delivery and security capabilities. The CDN has made it easier for Magnolia to manage infrastructure deployments and experience delivery, while the WAF has strengthened security, particularly for clients in sensitive sectors like banking and finance. The Fastly Next-Gen WAF has also provided excellent reports and integration options with Slack, improving communication and collaboration. Furthermore, the automated certificate management feature has reduced the risk of human error. Looking ahead, Magnolia plans to further consolidate the user experience by introducing an intuitive SIEM dashboard, which will provide detailed statistics and vulnerabilities relating to the CDN, application, infrastructure, and network.
Quantitative Benefit
  • Fastly's CDN can handle 100 terabytes (TB) of traffic per month, meeting Magnolia's high traffic requirements.
  • Fastly's Next-Gen WAF has resulted in fewer false positives, enhancing security efficiency.
  • Automated certificate management every three months with Let's Encrypt, reducing the risk of human error.

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