Tech Intelligence Bulletin (HG Insights) – HashiCorp has joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), the vendor-neutral home for many of the industry’s fastest-growing open source projects, including Kubernetes, Envoy, and Helm.

HashiCorp, Inc., whose open source projects are regularly used today in conjunction with CNCF projects, will work as a member of the CNCF to expand integration between its products and projects overseen by the organization.

Simplify infrastructure automation

The efforts will ensure that IT practitioners have a breadth of solutions available to help simplify infrastructure automation across the multi-cloud and on-premises IT environments found in large enterprises.

“Practitioners are faced daily with complex technical challenges about how to provision, secure, connect, and run cloud infrastructure,” said Armon Dadgar, co-founder and CTO, HashiCorp. “Our mission is to create high quality open source tools to help practitioners embrace multi-cloud. We are pleased to join the CNCF and look forward to working more closely with their community to build solutions that span the HashiCorp suite of products and the CNCF projects.”

Multi-cloud infrastructure automation products

The increasing adoption of HashiCorp’s portfolio of multi-cloud infrastructure automation products – Terraform, Vault, Consul, and Nomad for infrastructure, security, networking, and application automation – alongside CNCF projects by HashiCorp customers and community members encouraged HashiCorp to seek closer ties to the organization and supported projects.

“We are thrilled to welcome HashiCorp to CNCF,” said Dan Kohn, executive director, Cloud Native Computing Foundation. “We look forward to HashiCorp’s contributions and collaboration with the cloud native ecosystem to help solve the infrastructure challenges our community is faced with.”

Best-in-class solutions for enterprises

Expanded integration efforts will provide practitioners wide-ranging support of the platforms and tools from the CNCF that they use every day with the HashiCorp products. Currently, HashiCorp offers integration across popular CNCF projects, including Kubernetes, Envoy, Helm, and Prometheus. HashiCorp is committed to supporting these CNCF projects and to work in collaboration with the CNCF community to integrate with additional projects to deliver best-in-class solutions for enterprises globally.

In particular, the popularity of Kubernetes as a cloud-portable compute layer with HashiCorp customers has caused HashiCorp to invest in expanding Kubernetes support. Current Kubernetes support in HashiCorp products includes:

  • Vault – Integrates natively with Kubernetes identity to provide secrets management including dynamic credentials and certificates, as well as data protection with key management and cryptographic offload.
  • Terraform – Delivers first-class providers for Kubernetes and Helm to simplify management and enables composing with other cloud infrastructure. Terraform-k8s is an integration of Terraform Cloud and Kubernetes to enable CRD-based provisioning through Terraform.
  • Consul – Enables networking automation to support connecting Kubernetes workloads to more traditional infrastructure, and a service mesh with native Kubernetes integration for modern workloads. Support for multiple data centers and the ability to span both Kubernetes and traditional workloads creates a seamless approach to service networking.

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