Venafi To Acquire Kubernetes Open Source Tool Developer Jetstack

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  • The two companies have been working together over the last two years
  • They have been collaborating to accelerate the speed of innovation for next-generation machine identity protection in Kubernetes, multi-cloud, service mesh and microservices ecosystems

Venafi has announced a definitive agreement to acquire open source machine identity software provider Jetstack. They said that this acquisition will transform the way modern applications required by digital transformation are secured.

Jeff Hudson, CEO of Venafi said, “In the race to virtualize everything, businesses need faster application innovation and better security; both are mandatory. Most people see these requirements as opposing forces, but we don’t. We see a massive opportunity for innovation. This acquisition brings together two leaders who are already working together to accelerate the development process while simultaneously securing applications against attack, and there’s a lot more to do. Our mutual customers are urgently asking for more help to solve this problem because they know that speed wins, as long as you don’t crash.”

Cert-manager open source community

Every machine requires a unique identity to connect, communicate, and execute securely. Developers demand the fastest, easiest, and most agile ways to build with Transport Layer Security (TLS), Secure Sockets Layer (SSH), and code signing certificates. All of these serve as machine identities.

Tim Callahan, senior vice president and global chief security officer for Aflac, and Venafi customer advisory board member said, “The move to cloud-native platforms has shifted the way applications are developed and deployed. This shift is a major disruption in the way we secure digitally transformed organizations. Every organization needs the right tools and training to make it easy for developers to use machine identities correctly while, at the same time, providing InfoSec teams with the information they need to keep the organization secure.”

Venafi said that its innovative solutions protect TLS, SSH, and code signing machine identities for the largest, most security-conscious organisations and government agencies in the world. Jetstack said that it supports and advises enterprises using Kubernetes in mission-critical infrastructure. It also added that it fostered the cert-manager open source community, which has hundreds of code contributors and millions of downloads.

Machine identity protection in Kubernetes, multi-cloud, service mesh

The two companies have been working together over the last two years. They have been working to accelerate the speed of innovation for next-generation machine identity protection in Kubernetes, multi-cloud, service mesh, and microservices ecosystems.

Matt Bates, CTO, and co-founder of Jetstack added, “At Jetstack we help customers realize the benefits of Kubernetes and cloud-native infrastructure, and we see transformative results to businesses firsthand. We developed cert-manager to make it easy for developers to scale Kubernetes with consistent, secure, and declared-as-code machine identity protection. The project has been a huge hit with the community and has been adopted far beyond our expectations. Our team is thrilled to join Venafi so we can accelerate our plans to bring machine identity protection to the cloud-native stack, grow the community and contribute to a wider range of projects across the ecosystem.”

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