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VMblog Expert Interview: Kapil Thangavelu Talks Cloud Governance, Cloud Custodian and the New Stacklet Platform

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Stacklet, developers of the industry-first cloud governance as code platform based on the open source Cloud Custodian project, today announced Stacklet Platform. To learn more about Stacklet Platform, VMblog spoke with Kapil Thangavelu, creator of Cloud Custodian, co-founder and CTO of Stacklet, to discuss today's announcement.

VMblog: To kick things off, can you start by providing a quick background on the Cloud Custodian open source project?

Kapil Thangavelu: Cloud Custodian is a CNCF open source project that enables users to be well managed in the cloud. The simple YAML DSL makes it easy to define rules to enable a well-managed cloud infrastructure that's both secure and cost optimized. It consolidates many of the ad-hoc scripts organizations have into a lightweight and flexible tool, with unified metrics and reporting.

VMblog: Tell us a little bit about the Stacklet Platform that is being announced today? 

Thangavelu: Designed in partnership with several Fortune 1000 organizations, Stacklet Platform extends Cloud Custodian with robust management capabilities, real-time cloud asset visibility, out-of-box policy packs, and other advanced features to help businesses innovate securely in the cloud at scale. Stacklet Platform allows cloud engineering and security teams to easily understand, codify, and automate cloud governance for a frictionless experience for development teams and rapid cloud adoption.

VMblog: What challenges are organizations facing with cloud governance that the Stacklet Platform solves?

Thangavelu: Organizations are accelerating the move to the cloud to ensure business continuity and innovation. However, many organizations identify governance as a key inhibitor to their cloud adoption journey, and a lack of visibility into cloud infrastructure introduces cloud security risks which presents a key challenge for customers as they move into the public cloud. Additionally, organizations are struggling to enforce a fleet of policies that control usage, avoid potential breaches, and meet regulatory requirements across an ever-increasing number of cloud services and accounts -- all while ensuring development productivity.

VMblog: What is governance as code? How does it benefit customers?

Thangavelu: Governance as code is a new paradigm that enables organizations to use code to manage and automate various aspects of governance, including cost, operations, security, and compliance.  Automation reduces the burden of maintenance, but also increases the visibility across cloud environments. Stacklet Platform allows organizations to shift to governance as a code model by providing real-time policy enforcement across all clouds via detection, notification, and remediation - all with an easy-to-write, declarative language.

VMblog: How does the Stacklet Platform extend Cloud Custodian?

Thangavelu: Stacklet Platform extends Cloud Custodian with robust management capabilities, real-time cloud asset visibility, out-of-box policy packs, and other advanced features to help businesses innovate securely in the cloud at scale.

VMblog: What should Cloud Engineers be thinking about for the remainder of 2021?

Thangavelu: Cloud Engineering teams  should be focusing on reducing operational overhead and developer friction which is associated with policy implementation and inconsistent cloud management. They need to balance being well-managed in the cloud with deployment velocity.

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Published Wednesday, May 26, 2021 8:03 AM by David Marshall
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