HPE acquires cloud-native security start-up Scytale

Antonio Neri | Data Economy Antonio Neri, Chief Executive Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Scytale was founded in 2017 by a group of seasoned engineers from cloud-native enterprises like Amazon Web Services, Duo Security, Google, Okta, PagerDuty, and Splunk.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) (NYSE:HPE) has cranked it edge to cloud security offerings up a notch with the acquisition of San Francisco-based cloud security start-up Scytale. The company did not disclose the financial details of the transaction.

This team helps enterprise security engineering teams standardise and accelerate service authentication across cloud, container, and on-premises infrastructures, according to a blogpost by HPE Cloudless Initiative General Manager Dave Husak.

“This team of experts in cloud-native security and zero-trust networking is also recognised as the founding contributors of the SPIFFE (the Secure Production Identity Framework for Everyone) and SPIRE (the SPIFFE Runtime Environment) open-source projects to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation,” he said.

“HPE is fully-committed to continuing Scytale’s stewardship and contributions to SPIFFE and SPIRE, and these projects will play a fundamental role in HPE’s plans to deliver a dynamic, open, and secure edge-to-cloud platform.”

He added that digital transformation is creating countless possibilities in a world that is hyper-connected and increasingly distributed.


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“The applications and data that create and run our enterprises, live everywhere – in the data centre, the cloud, and increasingly at the edge,” added Husak.

“Customers need a seamless edge-to-cloud architecture and experience that is also autonomous, open, and secure. 

“However, legacy and proprietary security models have failed to scale and keep pace in an ecosystem that is increasingly API-driven, containerized, dynamic, and spans from edge-to-cloud.”

The company added that the acquisition also represents its ongoing transformation, part of which is to embrace and contribute to open source projects in the Cloud Native Computing Foundation and elsewhere.

“Our goal is to deliver services and products that advance these developments, and provide our customers and partners with the fastest possible path to application modernization,” added Husak.

“A great proof-point of this is the recently launched, Kubernetes-Certified HPE Container Platform, derived from our recent acquisitions of MapR (key contributors to a number of Apache Foundation projects) and BlueData.”

In May 2019, HPE and Cray Inc. (Nasdaq: CRAY) entered into a definitive agreement for HPE to acquire Cray for $35.00 per share in cash, in a transaction valued at approximately $1.3bn.

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