Jetstack wants to be seen as a ‘proper’ open source company i.e. not just a corporate beast with an ‘open technologies’ department that is guilty of open-washing its wares by popping the off bit of software somewhere on a community channel for freemium partial functionality consumption.
No, indeed, Jetstack is doing the proper thing and contributing code.
The latest rocket blast from Jetstack as a Kubernetes product and services provider, today announced that its donation of the cert-manager project to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.
What does it do?
Well, cert-manager automates the management of X.509 machine identities within Kubernetes and OpenShift.
CTO and co-founder of Jetstack Matthew Bates says that he’s ‘excited’ to see cert-manager join the CNCF Sandbox.
The CNCF Sandbox provides an avenue for technically interesting projects that are beneficial to the cloud-native community that the CNCF Technical Oversight Committee (TOC) believes warrant experimentation – it is described as a ‘neutral home’ to foster collaborative development.
“It’s been several years in the making to get to 1.0, and we’re hugely thankful to a community of over 250 contributors and many end-users, to get it to where it is today. This is a foundational add-on to many Kubernetes and OpenShift clusters, and the project will benefit from being part of the CNCF and its ecosystem,” said Bates.
Certificates can be signed by public and private certificate authorities such as Let’s Encrypt and cert-manager handles the automation of the certificate lifecycle. This means developers can move fast and stay secure, while platform and security teams have control and visibility.
“The popularity of cert-manager within the Kubernetes community and its utility in a wide range of projects makes cert-manager an ideal project for the CNCF,” notes Bates and team.
Jetstack recently celebrated the v1 release of cert-manage as a milestone in the development of the project. Jetstack was acquired by Venafi, a specialist in machine identity management, in May of 2020.
In related news, Venafi has launched an Indie Developers Program. As a part of the Machine Identity Management Development Fund, the programme pays individual developers for innovative, open source machine identity projects.
Developers in the program get access to:
- Open source toolkits in Go, Python, Java and Ruby to accelerate development and testing.
- Preconfigured cloud instances for immediate, on-demand development.
- Full support from Venafi engineers.
- Go-to-market leadership to help educate potential customers and drive demand for new solutions.