Venafi Brings Cloud Native Machine Identity Management to VMware Tanzu
Integration of Venafi’s control plane for machine identity management into Tanzu Service Mesh makes it easier and faster to enable multi-cloud, multi-cluster security
Posted: Thursday, Jan 19
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Venafi Brings Cloud Native Machine Identity Management to VMware Tanzu

Sydney, January 19, 2023 – Venafi®, the inventor and leading provider of machine identity management, announced that VMware has integrated Venafi’s machine identity control plane into its Tanzu Service Mesh. The Venafi integration enables Tanzu users to integrate their Service Mesh with a trusted certificate authority (CA) of their choice to support mutual Transport Layer Security (mTLS) between Kubernetes clusters. 


VMware Tanzu Service Mesh provides connectivity and security for modern applications across cloud native Kubernetes environments via advanced, end-to-end connectivity and security, enabling compliance with Service Level Objectives (SLOs) and data protection and privacy regulations. It does so by helping to control both north-south traffic from end users at the application edge through mesh egress and ingress, as well as east-west traffic between application workloads, APIs and data.


The Venafi integration enhances the Tanzu Service Mesh by enabling organisations to automate the management of their machine identity lifecycles as part of their established CA trust chains. This increases observability and control, while ensuring compliance in regulated industries.


As a result, customers can:


  • Automate the issuance and renewal of machine identities via Venafi’s control plane, enabling developers to move at speed whilst remaining secure.
  • Generate identities from over 40 trusted certificate authorities (CAs) that fit within their organisation’s trust chain instead of relying on self-signed mTLS identities. 
  • Gain unparalleled observability, consistency, reliability and freedom of choice over machine identity management, ensuring compliance with regulations.


“We are thrilled about the integration with Venafi, enabling our customers to use Tanzu Service Mesh in their own enterprise CA trust chain and use their own registry system,” says Pere Monclus, vice president and chief technology officer at VMware.


“It’s exciting to see VMware simplify customers’ cloud native journey, while still ensuring enterprise-grade security,” adds Kevin Bocek, VP Security Strategy and Threat Intelligence at Venafi. “Other service mesh – such as Istio – only support self-signed machine identities out-of-the-box, which fall outside of companies’ existing machine identity management infrastructure and trust chains. It’s great to see VMWare is addressing this security gapby tapping into the control plane for machine identity management in a way that’s frictionless and security-team approved.”


About Venafi 


Venafi is the cybersecurity market leader in machine identity management. From the ground to the cloud, Venafi solutions manage and protect identities for all types of machines—from physical and IoT devices to software applications, APIs and containers. Venafi provides global visibility, lifecycle automation and actionable intelligence for all machine identity types and the security and reliability risks associated with them.


Jetstack, a Venafi company, is a cloud native products and strategic consulting company working with enterprises using Kubernetes and OpenShift.


An open source pioneer, Jetstack has achieved notable industry recognition as the creator of cert-manager, the open source industry standard for cloud native machine identity management. Jetstack’s open source products and solutions protect the application environments and platform infrastructure of global banks, multinational retailing companies and defense organisations by providing enterprise platform and security teams the power to build, scale and security their cloud infrastructure.


With more than 30 patents, Venafi delivers innovative machine identity management solutions for the world’s most demanding, security-conscious organisations and government agencies, including the top five U.S. health insurers; the top five U.S. airlines; the top four credit card issuers; three out of the four top accounting and consulting firms; four of the five top U.S. retailers; and the top four banks in each of the following countries: the U.S., the U.K., Australia and South Africa.


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