HPE today announced the acquisition of Scytale, a cloud-based security startup based on the open source protocol SPIFFE (Secure Production Identity Framework for everyone). The companies did not share the purchase price.
Scytale is particularly concerned with identity and access management from application to application, which is becoming increasingly important as more transactions between applications take place without human intervention. It is imperative that the application know that it is okay to share information with the other application.
This is an area in which HPE wants to expand, wrote Dave Husak, HPE Fellow and GM of cloudless initiative, in a blog post announcing the acquisition. “As HPE advances in this next chapter and implements its differentiated as-a-service strategy for the edge-to-cloud platform, security will continue to play a fundamental role. We know that any company working in a hybrid multi-cloud environment needs 100% secure zero trust systems that can dynamically identify and authenticate data and applications in real time, ”wrote Husak.
He also stressed that HPE will continue to be a good manager of the SPIFFE and SPIRE (SPIFFE Runtime Environment) projects, both of which are under the auspices of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.
Sunil James, co-founder of Scytale, wrote in a blog post about the deal that it was important for the founders that HPE respect the startup's open source roots. “Scytale's DNA is security, distributed systems and open source. Scytale will continue to support SPIFFE under HPE. Our steadily growing and powerful community will guide us. We will endeavor to maintain this transparent and manufacturer-neutral project. This is fundamental to HPE's plans to provide a dynamic, open, and secure edge-to-cloud platform, ”he wrote.
Scytale was founded in 2017 and, according to PitchBook, has raised $ 8 million to date. Most of it came from a $ 5 million Series A led by Bessemer.