Policy-based governance for open hybrid cloud environments

Jayashree Ramanathan, Distinguished Engineer, Red Hat
Christian Stark, Senior Product Manager, Red Hat
Hicham Mourad, Technical Marketing Manager, Red Hat

Enterprises must meet standards for software engineering, secure engineering, resiliency, security, and regulatory compliance for public, private, multi- and hybrid clouds. Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) teams that manage cloud platforms, and application developers that run their business applications on cloud platforms, are not necessarily subject matter experts (SMEs) for all aspects of such standards, so need an easy way to conform to them.

Policy-based governance represents best practices defined by SMEs as policies deployed using GitOps, resulting in a desired configuration state for various controls. Such policies are developed in a collaborative manner in an open upstream community thereby resulting in the best content. This approach helps to easily automate remediation of any non-compliance to best practices, and apply analytics to fine tune policies.

In this session, we’ll provide an indepth technical look at the architecture used to accomplish these goals, how it seamlessly integrates with various policy engines such as Gatekeeper/OPA, and how it can integrate with enterprise tools used for security operations and incident management.

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