Organizations, for a variety of reasons, often choose to avoid vendor lock-in and use cloud infrastructure resources from several cloud providers. Multi-cloud architectures involve leveraging two or more public cloud computing platforms. Further, hybrid-cloud architectures include private cloud infrastructure components as well. Applications supported by hybrid- and multi-cloud architectures are able to benefit from multiple features across clouds and reduce risks; however organizations need to utilize the right tools to unlock the full potential of these architectures.
Best-of-Breed Tools for Multi-Cloud Architectures
The DevOps and Cloud Infrastructure landscape spans a multitude of tools and platforms, each of which has its own ideal use case. Organizations that leverage best-of-breed tools across the landscape can unlock the advantages of multi-cloud architectures.
The Zero-Trust Mindset
Since these tools and platforms are critical for your organization’s success in the cloud, they need to be protected. Security should always be a fundamental part of hybrid / multi cloud architectures that are composed of multiple clouds and private data centers without clear network perimeters. These architectures require your organization adopt a “Zero Trust” mindset.
"Instead of assuming everything behind the corporate firewall is safe, the Zero Trust model assumes breach and verifies each request as though it originates from an open network. Regardless of where the request originates or what resource it accesses, Zero Trust teaches us to “never trust, always verify.” Every access request is fully authenticated, authorized, and encrypted before granting access." - Microsoft on Zero-Trust
The proper management of identities, access, and secrets is central to the Zero Trust security mindset. There are abundant solutions and literature available on identity and access management, but today we want to focus on secrets management.
What is Secrets Management?
You may already be struggling with the problem of ‘secrets sprawl’, where your keys, certificates, secrets, and passwords are stored in files, code, or scripts across multiple environments. Secrets sprawl poses several security and operational risks as your infrastructure scales up. You therefore need a comprehensive secrets manager that supports multiple integrations, scales easily with your growing infrastructure, and is easy to audit.
HashiCorp Vault for Secrets Management
HashiCorp Vault is a best-of-breed solution for secrets management. Think of it as a highly secure dynamic password manager that not only remembers passwords and certificates but also creates and changes them for applications, databases, web services, and other machine components. It integrates across multiple active directories and identity management solutions, helping your organization shift towards a Zero Trust model.
Organizations typically use the open source version of HashiCorp Vault as a key store integrated with their public cloud KMS. Their important applications store and access secrets with Vault to meet minimum security mandates. There may be multiple and in siloed deployments across the organization. However, Vault adoption is a journey that can be customized to your organization’s needs.
Succeeding with Secrets Management: Crawl, Walk, Run
Vault will enable your organization to integrate security into the innermost layers of its technology stack. How do you evolve your Secrets Management practice? First, understand where your organization is in the maturity model for secrets management. Are you resting, creeping, crawling, walking, or running along your implementation of Vault?
The “Secret” to Secret Management
Our library of standardized architectures and pre-built configurations, scripts, and automations assist customers of all sizes through every phase of the Vault adoption journey. Our history and expertise with HashiCorp alongside other infrastructure tools help us reduce the costs and risks of implementing such cutting-edge technology projects.
The myriad of cloud platforms and technologies grows each day, and organization’s must navigate today’s multi-cloud world to sustain business growth. CloudOps helps organizations of all sizes use and build cloud platforms that avoid vendor lock-in and reduce risk and cost. This leads to long-term sovereignty, control, and the freedom to choose the right services. Our approach is cloud- and platform-agnostic, meaning we have expertise in a wide range of solutions.
HashiCorp Vault is a best-of-breed tool for securing, storing, and controlling access to tokens, passwords, certificates, API, and other secrets in modern computing. It can be an integral part of any secure Infrastructure as Code practice. It is available in three versions:
Enterprise Vault: The paid licence for Vault deployments on any infrastructure. It has all the features of the cloud and open source versions as well as ones for governance and policy, scale and remediation, and premium support services.
A quick comparison of the features of these versions can be viewed here.
A specialized partner of HashiCorp, CloudOps has in-depth experience in its solutions. Learn about CloudOps’ Vault Trainings and Workshops, Enterprise Vault Accelerator Program, and HCP Vault Accelerator Program. We will equip your DevOps teams with the skills needed to securely build and operate cloud native architectures. Contact us for more information.
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