TAP 1.6 – GitOps RI With Hashicorp Vault

July 31, 2023

In TAP 1.5, a new installation model was introduced based on a GitOps model, utilizing the Carvel toolset under the hood, to power it all.

With TAP 1.6, beyond overall bug fixes, and nice changes to the overall UX of the GitOps Installation method, a really key feature that has been added, is the integration with Hashicorp Vault.

The GitOps installation model, requires us to use a secret management solution as some of our TAP values are indeed very sensitive and can’t simply be pushed to git.

In TAP 1.5, we had 2 options. we could use Mozilla SOPs, which is the easiest method, in which we encrypt fields within a YAML file using a key pair, and then pushg the encrypted files to git. We then provide the private key to decrypt the content to the GitOps tooling in our cluster, which is responsible for decrypting the content and applying the needed configuration.

The other option we had in TAP 1.5, was the use of External Secrets Operator (ESO) which is included in TAP, and configuring ESO to use AWS Secrets Manager for storing our sensitive values. In this scenario, the GitOps tooling would pull down the sensitive data from AWS Secrets Manager using ESO, and then deploy what is needed to our cluster.

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