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March 5, 2019

SSH.COM goes containers!

Today, we announced new capabilities that will make it easy for enterprises and smaller companies alike to take further advantage of their Kubernetes container environments while staying secure. PrivX can be easily deployed and scaled as Docker containers on Kubernetes container platforms, while controlling privileged access to hosts running container operating systems. In addition, Universal SSH Key Manager (UKM) now manages and controls SSH keys not only in on-premise and cloud environments, but also in those running container operating systems.

Containers have become an essential part of enterprise software development

Ever-increasing business velocity requires faster software release cycles; automated CI/CD pipelines; extreme scalability and elasticity of production environments; public and private cloud adoption; and containerization – all of which contribute to increased complexity within IT environments. As a result, IT and security administrators are falling under greater pressure to secure and keep these environments running without adding friction to the speed of business.

"Containers have become an essential part of software development, shipment and deployment. By bundling an application and its supporting code, libraries, settings and assets, they make software deployment faster, easier and vastly efficient to scale and port across computing environments. Simply put, containers are here to stay.”

SSH.COM CTO, Markku Rossi.


PrivX delivered on Kubernetes for faster deployment, scaling and high availability

PrivX is SSH.COM’s lean zero-trust access management solution that offers automated role-based access control to manage access for privileged users to hybrid and multi-cloud resources in development, as well as production environments that demand speed and elasticity. SSH.COM is now making it faster and easier for enterprises to deploy and scale PrivX by making it available on Kubernetes platforms as Docker containers. Container-based delivery enables users to deploy a lean access management solution in minutes and holistically manage access without slowing down development.


Universal SSH Key Manager manages the full SSH key lifecycle on container operating systems

The realities of a highly regulated and risk-averse IT climate means enterprises often can’t deploy containers to public cloud container platforms. Instead, enterprise developers in, for example, the financial sector, must operate within a more controlled virtual private cloud or hybrid infrastructure. Monitoring and managing the SSH keys that grant access to host operating systems in cloud and container environments is as crucial as it is in on-premise environments. Just one lost or mismanaged key can lead to security, financial, and reputational ruin.

SSH.COM’s Universal SSH Key Manager (UKM) is used by large enterprises – ranging from financial organizations to retailers and technology giants – to control, manage and automate up to millions of SSH keys. UKM now supports full key lifecycle management for container operating systems that host Docker, freeing up developers in regulated environments to exploit containerized development, while their IT admins retain a holistic view of the entire security landscape. At the same time, their colleagues in internal auditing are satisfied that the company’s agile software development processes deliver regulatory compliance.

UKM features are available today and containerized PrivX is available via an early access program (contact your local SSH.COM expert for details), and planned to be commercially available during 3Q19. UPDATE: The official containerized PrivX hasn't been released yet. If you are interested in our early access program (contact your local SSH.COM expert for details).

Cost-effectiveness, agility and compliance

“SSH.COM is making it easy for forward-thinking companies to realize the business benefits of packaging and running software in containers while ensuring cost-effectiveness, agility and compliance. Most importantly, we’re doing it in a way that addresses the constraints of complex IT environments, which – unlike startups and cloud-first businesses – rely on controlled private or hybrid infrastructure, and the ability to view and access that infrastructure holistically without slowing down development.”

SSH.COM CTO, Markku Rossi


Get to know PrivX, UKM and our solutions for enterprises at RSA and Gartner IAM

It's a great week for events. We'll be demonstrating PrivX and Universal SSH Key Manger, including the new container capabilities, at RSA Conference 2019 USA, South Expo #126 and Gartner IAM London, booth S1.

More on PrivX in the KuppingerCole White Paper on DevOps access security >

Get the white paper on PrivX ephemeral certificates >


Jussi Mononen

Jussi is responsible for SSH's strategic and corporate development and investor relations. He is a 30-year IT industry veteran who is old enough to have coded in Fortran and Ada before switching to the business side of things.

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