Kubernetes is one of the fastest-growing open-source projects and the foundation of cloud-native applications. As containers and Kubernetes adoption continue to grow, security, monitoring, data management, and networking are becoming top concerns for enterprises.
This week, Red Hat announced its acquisition of StackRox, a leader and innovator in container and Kubernetes-native security. This acquisition will enable Red Hat to strengthen customers’ ability to build, deploy, and run applications more securely across the open hybrid cloud. Read more about the acquisition here.
I think this acquisition is especially important because it solidifies Red Hat OpenShift as the true leader across all Kubernetes-based implementations. Red Hat will now be able to provide a Kubernetes-based solution with security leadership throughout the lifecycle.
Founded in 2014, StackRox started out to reinvent enterprise security and evolved to focus on Kubernetes security. Unlike other container security platforms, StackRox is a Kubernetes-native security platform. This means enterprises can more easily control and enforce policies using the same approach to Kubernetes to scale their applications while maintaining the necessary security.
StackRox’s security capabilities include:
- Vulnerability management
- Network segmentation
- Risk profiling
- Configuration management
- Threat detection
- Incident response
In addition to OpenShift, StackRox will continue to support other Kubernetes platforms, including Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), Microsoft Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), and Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE).
StackRox also helps simplify DevSecOps and enable cloud-native environments to be more intrinsically secure by integrating directly into application pipelines and existing registry, image scanning, and CI/CD tools. For example, StackRox’s KubeLinter analyzes Kubernetes YAML files and Helm charts for correct configurations with a focus on enabling production readiness and security earlier in the development process.
Red Hat plans to open source StackRox’s technology. They will continue to support the KubeLinter community as well as new communities as Red Hat works to open source StackRox’s offerings.
Our Red Hat practice excels in OpenShift, containers, and other container management platforms, including Kubernetes. Learn more about our Red Hat expertise here.