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HashiConf Global 2021: HashiCorp connects Boundary with Microsoft’s Azure AD

The cloud software manufacturer HashiCorp announced at its conference this year HashiConf Global 2021 an extension of the partnership with Microsoft. The remote access application Boundary, published around a year ago, should be able to be combined with the enterprise identity service Azure Active Directory from Microsoft. This link is intended to enable access to services, applications and hosts regardless of location within the scope of a zero trust security framework.

The fear of cyber attacks and data theft is growing in many companies – and not just since the corona pandemic made additional digitization measures necessary in the world of work. “Attacks are increasing and becoming more disruptive and costly every year,” said HashiCorp co-founder and CTO Armon Dadgar. “In addition, a growing number of employees work remotely. This makes it increasingly difficult to know who can be trusted and what is trustworthy.”

In response to this development, HashiCorp and Microsoft are launching a remote access offer that includes the use of fine-grained access rights and is intended to enable automated onboarding of Azure identities, goals, roles and permissions in a boundary environment. “Perimeter-based security and traditional tools to manage privileged access are no longer sufficient in increasingly dynamic cloud environments,” says Dadgar. “Now is the time for zero trust security.” Traditional offerings designed to secure corporate access to private networks are not designed to scale effectively in a multi-cloud environment. This makes an additional abstraction necessary in order to be able to significantly reduce the administrative overhead of configurations and accesses.

HashiCorp also announced beta version 1.11 of its free open source software Consul at the conference. The product, first published in 2014, aims to help companies reduce operational complexity and integrate service meshes into their application workflows. After Consul 1.10 introduced a transparent proxy, the update contains a number of other new functions, including a command line interface (CLI) for Kubernetes and the ability for multiple administrators to use the same instance of a multi-tenant service mesh.

In addition to the increasingly fine-grained integration of HashiCorp products in multi-cloud environments, further developments at Terraform should also be mentioned: On the one hand, the complete graphical representation of workspaces and events in Terraform Enterprise should be mentioned, on the other hand, further developments in the Terraform Cloud Development Kit (CDK) with which cloud deployments can also be defined object-oriented in Java, Go, Python and other programming languages ​​instead of HCL (HashiCorp Configuration Language). In addition, the CDK now offers the possibility of Develop unit tests with libraries specific to Terraform, which makes the construction of CI / CD pipelines easier.

It is also worth mentioning that Version 0.6 of Waypoint. The tool is another open source offering from HashiCorp for container-based cloud deployments. By specifying sensible default values, Time-consuming activities can be saved in the provision of the application. By using and linking various platforms such as Kubernetes, Docker and cloud-specific offers, information can be brought together during logging and displayed graphically on a newly created level. In the new version, numerous Kubernetes and Helm features are available that can be used to further accelerate the automation of cluster-based deployments.

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