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Stacklet is Our Answer to What's Next in Cloud Governance

Today is one of the proudest days of my life.

Today is the day I get to announce the launch of Stacklet Platform -- a product I believe will simplify cloud governance and reduce security risks, resource waste, and the need to compromise between developer productivity and cloud best practices. I am in awe of what our small but mighty team has accomplished with trust and commitment to join me and my co-founder, Kapil Thangavelu, on this adventure.

I met Cloud Custodian before I met Kapil at Capital One. The birthplace of Cloud Custodian, Capital One had fully embraced the cloud with a robust set of policies. If I tried to provision a non-compliant cloud resource, I immediately received a notification from Cloud Custodian with instructions on best practices in addition to automatic remediation. I didn't meet Kapil himself until a mutual colleague introduced us and it was a pleasure to speak with the well-known developer behind the cloud rules engine. The startup ideas Kapil and I shared didn’t really begin to take shape until some time later in 2020 when, even as a pandemic loomed on the horizon, we decided to embark on the Stacklet adventure.

As Covid scattered families, friends, and organizations across the remote universe, the public cloud became imperative to our way of life. Designed to facilitate innovative development by removing the burden of in-house computing resource management, public cloud providers continue to expand their catalog of remote infrastructure offerings. These sophisticated building blocks mean endless possibilities and -- like a box of building blocks -- opportunities to break and lose pieces, make a mess, and create unsafe conditions. This is where cloud governance comes in.

Policies lie at the heart of cloud governance. Policies control the flow of permissions and transactions across cloud resources, safeguarding private information, cloud computing budgets, and efficient performance. This is why it is so vital to have an elegant solution to the challenge of cloud policy management.

The wide adoption of Cloud Custodian is a testament to its breakthrough in cloud governance. Cloud Custodian’s community of contributors from a range of different companies further emphasizes how crucial a tool like this is to successful cloud adoption.

What I find most inspiring about technology is that it is never complacent. Technology is not content to merely solve the problem, technology asks, “What’s next?”

So Kapil and I began asking that same question: What’s next? What can we do with everything we have learned on this journey so far? How can we act on our commitment to cloud best practices? How do we get these valuable tools into all the different hands that drive an organization?

In the face of a global pandemic, Kapil and I realized just how critical Stacklet’s mission is. As remote work and services accelerated into the cloud, we wanted to do what we could to make the world safer. While we were helpless against a virus, we knew we had the skills, expertise, and passion needed to build a platform that enables governance as code.

Governance as code is a paradigm that champions automated management of the complex cloud ecosystem via a human-readable, declarative, high-level language. With Stacklet Platform, detection, notification, and remediation become an intrinsic part of software development and deployment, removing the obstacles that often hinder or discourage cloud adoption altogether. Stacklet Platform allows for greater automation of and visibility into an organization’s cloud infrastructure, unifying teams in their greater mission to achieve success.

And today is the day we here at Stacklet get to offer Stacklet Platform as the key that safely unlocks the potential of the cloud for you. Alongside Stacklet Platform is AssetDB and Policy Packs. While Stacklet Platform may unlock the door, AssetDB helps turn the key with its real-time, SQL-enabled cloud resource database; Policy Packs make sure the key stays in the right hands right out of the box.

I am honored to lead a team of brilliant individuals all committed to creating space for innovation by breaking down barriers to the cloud. Stacklet is composed of people from different professional and personal experiences who are not afraid to ask, “What’s next?” We are motivated by curiosity and collaboration and united in our mission to make the world a better place where we can. If we can take action to protect personal data entrusted to the cloud, then we will, and we will take the extra step to empower everyone involved.

We are so excited to see you use Stacklet to take your organization to the next level. We are excited to remove some of the obstacles that so often stifle success. We are excited to ease some of the burdens of cloud computing and free up your resources to focus on your business. We are excited to help you secure and optimize your cloud.

We are excited that our adventure has brought us here and we can’t wait for the future.

If you want to find out more, our press release can be found here.