The Best of Cloud Native Secrets Management

Let's talk about kubernetes secrets management for a second. On the kubefirst open source platform we've found an incredibly powerful secrets management technology combination.

The Best of Cloud Native Secrets Management
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Let's talk about kubernetes secrets management for a second. There's a lot of cloud native tech in the secrets space. On the kubefirst open source platform we've found an incredibly powerful secrets management combination to be:

1. 🔒 Hashicorp Vault: a powerful enterprise secrets manager self hosted in your cluster. It does much more than simple secrets and their self hosted free tier is an exceptionally stable and capable offering.
2. 🔀 External Secrets Operator: ESO will turn Vault secrets (or cloud secrets or any other secrets) into kubernetes secrets. It's an important platform abstraction so that your apps aren't bound to your secret storage technology.
3. ♻️ Reloader: A simple utility that automatically orchestrates rolling restarts of your apps when their secret or config values are changed. It's configured with simple annotations and easy to use.
4. 🐙 Argo CD: Keep your external secret objects in git and hand the controls to the masterful Argo CD gitops engine drive what secrets you need pulled.
5. 🚀 Kubefirst: We give you all of ☝ preconfigured and working together and then give you the gitops git repository that's powering it all.

What Else Does Kubefirst Give You?

Beyond a best-in-class secrets setup with the tools above, the kubefirst platform also includes cluster lifecycle and fleet management, github and gitlab integrations with argo workflows, sso, user and git repo management, container builds, helm chart publishing, gitops app delivery, application versioning, automated infrastructure as code with both atlantis and crossplane, an example app to show how it all works, a small team of incredible engineers supporting the effort, and a growing community of powerful users who want to share a portable open source cloud native platform to always be able to start from. We build our cluster infrastructure in 5 clouds and have a local story as well.

That's just the free open source story. 🤯

Introducing Kubefirst Pro

We soon hope to earn your business with some powerful new capabilities and our first paid features after a 4+ year commitment to free open source. Our initial features will include gitops physical cluster management and fleet management capabilities. You can preview physical cluster management for free in Civo while that feature is in open beta.

The gitops platform itself is of course always yours to keep free of charge, it's your gitops repository in your git org that's powering everything after all. This architecture provides your organization with the lock-in protection it needs, you can take the platform any direction you choose with your first pull request.

Install Your New Free Instant GitOps Platform

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