Rafay Systems to Open Source its Zero-Trust Access, GitOps Services


Rafay Systems, a platform provider for Kubernetes Operations, today announced its plans to open source its Zero-Trust Access and GitOps services.

Developers will be able to take advantage of, and contribute to, these battle-tested services that significantly reduce the complexities associated with securing access to and automating the ongoing operations of Kubernetes infrastructure and modern applications. The company said these two services are the first of many that Rafay intends to open source over time.

According to the 2020 Cloud Native Foundation Report: 92% of respondents reported using containers in production, a 300% increase from just 23% in the first survey in March 2016. In addition, 91% of respondents report using Kubernetes, 83% of them in production. This continues a steady increase from 78% in 2019 and 58% in 2018.

As Kubernetes has become a priority for enterprises, access to modern infrastructure and configuration management has proven to be a major challenge, particularly when leveraging multiple clouds or operating multiple Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs) in the same cloud environment. Enterprises are also finding it difficult to enforce repeatable workflows for managing the ongoing operations of Kubernetes infrastructure and modern applications.

With the Zero-Trust Access and GitOps services available as open source projects, developers can address the multi-tenant access and automation requirements that these services were built to address. Developers can also collaborate with project contributors to further advance on-premises, hybrid, multi-cloud and edge use cases.

Haseeb Budhani, CEO of Rafay Systems, said, “By open sourcing Zero-Trust Access and GitOps services, we are doing our part in furthering the community’s goals of making cloud-native computing ubiquitous. We look forward to the community embracing these projects, and are eager to engage with developers and DevOps professionals who are open to partnering with the current cadre of contributors focused on accelerating Kubernetes adoption in enterprises.”

Zero-Trust Access Service

Security issues have been a common theme for Kubernetes. In 2020, many large companies experienced security breaches via their Kubernetes infrastructure. Rafay’s Zero-Trust Access service enables controlled, audited access for developers, SREs and automation systems to Kubernetes infrastructure, with just-in-time service account creation and user-level credentials management, and can easily be integrated with an enterprise’s in-place RBAC/SSO solution.

By powering access to Kubernetes infrastructure, Rafay’s Zero-Trust Access service could centralise access control to entire fleets of Kubernetes clusters, regardless of where the user or system seeking access is located. It can secures kubectl access to all clusters with integrated enterprise RBAC/SSO and ensures compliance with internal security policies and industry regulations.

The company said it will provides immutable audit trails of all user and system access.

GitOps Service

GitOps is an efficient and effective approach to continuous deployment (CD) that leverages Git as a single source of truth for both infrastructure and applications. By being declarative, it provides for better standardisation, enhanced security, and ultimately, improved productivity.

With Rafay’s GitOps Service, enterprises are said to programmatically construct multi-stage pipelines for both applications and clusters.



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