We recently released a report card for our second year of the Machine Identity Management Development Fund , we logged a significant number of achievements, including the addition of 16 new developer projects—causing the fund to double in size. All of this goes to show that the Fund is exceeding our goal of creating a global community to future-proof customer success!
But we’re not resting on our laurels. We have continued to ride the Fund’s momentum as we head into year three. In the first quarter of 2021, we added an impressive number of new developers, returning developers, plus a pair of talented Indie Devs.
The Machine Identity Management Development Fund has directly sponsored eight new developer projects in the first quarter of 2021. These experts in their field will create integrations that accelerate the delivery of comprehensive management of machine identities in support of the Venafi and Jetstack ecosystems. The newest developers to receive sponsorship from the Development Fund include:
Nirmata is a unified management plane for Kubernetes clusters and workloads built for enterprise DevOps teams. DevOps and engineering teams are moving fast to innovate, test and deploy. cert-manager is the industry standard for using machine identities with Kubernetes. Deploying and configuring cert-manager consistently at scale is a challenge that businesses currently face. This project will integrate Nirmata and open source Kyverno with cert-manager and validate its use with Venafi Trust Protection Platform and with Venafi as a Service. The outcome of this integration will be increased ease of use and speed for deploying cert-manager at enterprise scale. Nirmata is headquartered in California.
Nous Infosystems is one of the leading global IT services providers and ServiceNow Premier partner. As the developer of Nous nCert, which provides Machine Identity Management through ServiceNow for Venafi Trust Protection Platform, Nous returns for a second Development Fund project. Accessing Venafi through the ServiceNow catalog accelerates adoption and makes it easy for customers to offer machine identity management to all users regardless of training. However, Venafi as a Service is not currently available in customers’ ServiceNow Service catalogs. This project seeks to solve this gap by integrating Venafi as a Service with ServiceNow to enable a fast rollout, easy access for all users, and connect Venafi with intelligence from ServiceNow to speed service consumption. Nous Infosystems is based in New Jersey.
OpenCredo are well known for their expertise in Open Source technologies. They were among the first members of the Development Fund, successfully delivering the official Kafka Connector for Venafi. They now return for a new project that aims to ease the bridging of the Venafi and HashiCorp Vault worlds. Vault has many moving parts and integrating these within a detailed Venafi configuration can prove to be error prone. While there are guides which can be followed, it would be far easier if there were a programmatic way of configuring the setup and assessing whether the setup is correct, and integration is working as expected. This project solves these challenges by taking the guess work and difficulty out of connecting and testing integration between Venafi and HashiCorp Vault. OpenCredo is headquartered in the United Kingdom.
Pomerium is an identity-aware proxy that enables secure access to internal applications. In the past, when remote access to networks and applications was through VPNs, authentication and authorization were performed only once. Pomerium solves this problem by applying a zero-trust framework to provide continuous authentication and authorization for modern cloud-native applications for every single request. The project will integrate Pomerium with cert-manager and confirm compatibility with Jetstack Secure and Venafi as a Service. Pomerium is based in California.
ServiceRocket is a trusted resource for thousands of enterprises globally. With expertise in building apps that scale and extend capabilities for ecosystems like Venafi, Atlassian and Workplace by Facebook, ServiceRocket developed the Connector for Venafi & JSM (Jira Service Management) and has returned to the Development Fund for a second project. This project will make Venafi as a Service available through JSM Cloud using the unique features only available in Venafi as a Service to provide the fastest setup, onboarding, and viral adoption for machine identity management. The benefit to customers is that accessing Venafi through the JSM Cloud accelerates adoption and makes it easy for customers to offer machine identity management to all users regardless of training. ServiceRocket is headquartered in Palo Alto with offices around the world.
Starschema developed StarSnow, the first general-purpose HTTP function which can interact with web APIs directly using Snowflake SQL statements. Starschema understands that Snowflake provides developers and builders of data-driven applications and services with a ready-made infrastructure and engine to build and run their solutions. However, frictionless access to machine identities within this process does not currently exist. Snowflake developers are required to use existing, antiquated processes. This burdens developers with having to learn new tools that detract from their existing workflows when machine identities are required. This project's objective is to elevate access to machine identities to “first class” citizens within Snowflake’s data layers. It will enable developers to easily request machine identities from directly within their databases. Starschema has offices in Hungary and the U.S.
Greg Brownstein is a well-known developer in the Venafi ecosystem. In this Indie Devs project, he seeks to make Venafi VCert functionality available to Azure DevOps. DevOps processes—specifically Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment—are now an integral part of releasing any software project. Azure DevOps provides both Pipelines and Releases to fulfill this need. Venafi’s open source VCert project provides a CLI for core security operations including key generation and certificate acquisition. Integrating VCert and Azure DevOps will greatly streamline and secure the application deployment process. Greg is based in New Jersey.
Karolis is the founder and project lead for Webhook Relay and is a committed full-stack engineer who understands the use of events to drive operations as a preferred enterprise developer design. In modern application development, Webhooks are an engineer’s favorite! Developers needing machine identities, however, they don’t currently have the ability to use Webhooks with Venafi. This Venafi Indie Devs project seeks to resolve this by creating a Webhook Relay for Venafi. Karolis is based in the United Kingdom.
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