HashiCorp Boundary is a remote access solution that enables secure access to infrastructure and applications across various cloud and on-premise environments. It allows organizations to manage user access to critical resources, while managing compliance with security policies.
Hashicorp Boundary has deep integration with Hashicorp Vault. Boundary leverages Vault's secrets management capabilities to generate temporary credentials that grant access to specific resources. Boundary can provide access to infrastructure resources such as servers, databases, and Kubernetes clusters.
Teleport is an open-source, infrastructure access platform for engineers and machines. By replacing insecure secrets like passwords, keys and tokens with true identity based on biometrics and security modules, Teleport delivers phishing-proof zero trust for every engineer and service connected to your global infrastructure.
The open-source Teleport Access Platform consolidates connectivity, authentication, authorization, and audit trail into a single source of truth for access policy across your entire infrastructure while delivering a frictionless developer experience. Teleport replaces VPNs, shared credentials, secrets vaults and legacy privileged access management (PAM) solutions, improving security and engineering productivity.
When comparing Teleport to Hashicorp, it is worth highlighting several key Teleport features:
Secrets like passwords and keys are the number one cause of breach. Boundary requires the use of Hashicorp Vault for managing secrets. Keeping secrets and passwords in a secrets manager like Vault is better than not using a Vault, but they are still a breach waiting to happen. Teleport replaces secrets like passwords and keys with secure, short-lived certificates based on human and machine identity for all infrastructure resources, not just SSH. Fundamentally, we believe that using secrets to access something as critical as infrastructure is a design flaw.
Teleport combines an identity-aware access proxy with sophisticated authorization, audit and device attestation to provide a complete Zero Trust solution. Read about how Teleport fully implements a BeyondCorp and Federal Zero Trust Architecture Strategy and how we ensure that only trusted devices are used to access infrastructure.
3. Teleport provides advanced security & compliance capabilities
Teleport is used by organizations with sophisticated access control requirements needed to achieve FedRAMP, SOC2, ISO 27001 and other compliance standards. Below is a partial list of these capabilities.
To conclude, both Teleport and Boundary can be used to access your infrastructure. One of the best ways to evaluate both products is with a 14-day trial offered by both Teleport and Boundary with their SaaS offerings.
If you’re looking for a longer-term trial and want to host yourself, the Teleport Community edition is a perfect open-source version that can secure everything from your business to your home lab.