Hashicorp Vault for secret management in Kubernetes Cluster

INTRODUCTION

Hashicorp Vault provides all of the power and security of Vault, without the complexity and overhead of managing it yourself. It also provides various authentication methods like AWS, Kubernetes, Tokens, OIDC, Azure Active Directory, etc. to provision and dynamically injects secrets in infrastructure like EC2 Machine, Kubernetes pods, etc.

HashiCorp Cloud Platform features a web user interface to deploy and manage resources, including HCP Vault deployments in AWS. However, If you prefer to automate HCP Vault deployment, one recommended approach is to use HashiCorp Terraform with the HCP provider.

What we will cover:

In this post we will cover the following:

  1. Vault installation with High availability configuration in Kubernetes cluster using terraform.
  2. Enabling Kubernetes authentication in Vault using terraform.
  3. Inject Secrets in running pod dynamically.

Pre-requisites

  1. Kubernetes cluster up and running
  2. kubectl, terraform, helm, vault CLI installed
  3. some basic knowledge of terraform, kubectl and vault commands. (I will provide a link in end for reference)

#hashicorp-consul #terraform #hashicorp-vault #automation #kubernetes

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Hashicorp Vault for secret management in Kubernetes Cluster
Christa  Stehr

Christa Stehr

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50+ Useful Kubernetes Tools for 2020 - Part 2

Introduction

Last year, we provided a list of Kubernetes tools that proved so popular we have decided to curate another list of some useful additions for working with the platform—among which are many tools that we personally use here at Caylent. Check out the original tools list here in case you missed it.

According to a recent survey done by Stackrox, the dominance Kubernetes enjoys in the market continues to be reinforced, with 86% of respondents using it for container orchestration.

(State of Kubernetes and Container Security, 2020)

And as you can see below, more and more companies are jumping into containerization for their apps. If you’re among them, here are some tools to aid you going forward as Kubernetes continues its rapid growth.

(State of Kubernetes and Container Security, 2020)

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Securing your secrets using vault in Kubernetes — Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we have learned how to Install Vault-k8s and enable the Kubernetes Auth Mechanism. In this tutorial let’s learn how automatically inject these secrets into our Kubernetes Deployments/Pods.

I have used Helm to create the manifests files. Helm charts are easier to create, version, share, and publish. Copying-and-Pasting the same manifests across multiple environments can be avoided and the same charts can be re-used by maintaining a different final overrides file.

#hashicorp-vault #kubernetes #vault-k8s #vault #kubernetes-secret

Securing your secrets using vault-k8s in Kubernetes — Part 1

Kubernetes secrets let you store and manage sensitive data such as passwords, ssh keys, Tls certificates, etc. However, there are few limitations to using the build-in secret management for Kubernetes. So, we often tend to rely on some third-party tools to handle secret management. One such tool is HashiCorp Vault. In this series of articles let’s learn to secure our secrets using HashiCorp Vault-k8s in Kubernetes.

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Hashicorp Vault for secret management in Kubernetes Cluster

INTRODUCTION

Hashicorp Vault provides all of the power and security of Vault, without the complexity and overhead of managing it yourself. It also provides various authentication methods like AWS, Kubernetes, Tokens, OIDC, Azure Active Directory, etc. to provision and dynamically injects secrets in infrastructure like EC2 Machine, Kubernetes pods, etc.

HashiCorp Cloud Platform features a web user interface to deploy and manage resources, including HCP Vault deployments in AWS. However, If you prefer to automate HCP Vault deployment, one recommended approach is to use HashiCorp Terraform with the HCP provider.

What we will cover:

In this post we will cover the following:

  1. Vault installation with High availability configuration in Kubernetes cluster using terraform.
  2. Enabling Kubernetes authentication in Vault using terraform.
  3. Inject Secrets in running pod dynamically.

Pre-requisites

  1. Kubernetes cluster up and running
  2. kubectl, terraform, helm, vault CLI installed
  3. some basic knowledge of terraform, kubectl and vault commands. (I will provide a link in end for reference)

#hashicorp-consul #terraform #hashicorp-vault #automation #kubernetes

Maud  Rosenbaum

Maud Rosenbaum

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Kubernetes in the Cloud: Strategies for Effective Multi Cloud Implementations

Kubernetes is a highly popular container orchestration platform. Multi cloud is a strategy that leverages cloud resources from multiple vendors. Multi cloud strategies have become popular because they help prevent vendor lock-in and enable you to leverage a wide variety of cloud resources. However, multi cloud ecosystems are notoriously difficult to configure and maintain.

This article explains how you can leverage Kubernetes to reduce multi cloud complexities and improve stability, scalability, and velocity.

Kubernetes: Your Multi Cloud Strategy

Maintaining standardized application deployments becomes more challenging as your number of applications and the technologies they are based on increase. As environments, operating systems, and dependencies differ, management and operations require more effort and extensive documentation.

In the past, teams tried to get around these difficulties by creating isolated projects in the data center. Each project, including its configurations and requirements were managed independently. This required accurately predicting performance and the number of users before deployment and taking down applications to update operating systems or applications. There were many chances for error.

Kubernetes can provide an alternative to the old method, enabling teams to deploy applications independent of the environment in containers. This eliminates the need to create resource partitions and enables teams to operate infrastructure as a unified whole.

In particular, Kubernetes makes it easier to deploy a multi cloud strategy since it enables you to abstract away service differences. With Kubernetes deployments you can work from a consistent platform and optimize services and applications according to your business needs.

The Compelling Attributes of Multi Cloud Kubernetes

Multi cloud Kubernetes can provide multiple benefits beyond a single cloud deployment. Below are some of the most notable advantages.

Stability

In addition to the built-in scalability, fault tolerance, and auto-healing features of Kubernetes, multi cloud deployments can provide service redundancy. For example, you can mirror applications or split microservices across vendors. This reduces the risk of a vendor-related outage and enables you to create failovers.

#kubernetes #multicloud-strategy #kubernetes-cluster #kubernetes-top-story #kubernetes-cluster-install #kubernetes-explained #kubernetes-infrastructure #cloud