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VAULT comparison №3

Hashicorp VS 1Password

Recently secrets management space got a new contender - 1Password. The vendor added API and became usable for DevSecOps and secrets management use cases.

Hashicorp is still a leader in the secrets management category, let's see how those two fit together.
Which solution is better?
Deployment and setup
Hashicorp offers two major choices - Open Source and Enterprise. Second is more flexible when implementing it, and because of this - it is not easy to deliver secrets management using Hashicorp Vault. But you have a range of deployment options available there.

1Password setup is easy using the built-in Kubernetes operator - likely the easiest way to set up a secrets management tool in a microservices environment.
Scalability and flexibility
Hashicorp Vault had been proven endless amount of times, especially Enterprise version that is used by very demanding organisations.

1Password doesn't have such an impressive track record but has a reference of being used by 50 000 strong IBM team.
Hashicorp and 1Password: Key Differences
Hashicorp has a free (Open Source) edition, its Enterprise edition can be expensive. By the way, its pricing model is suitable for technology players that want to get some open source tooling almost for free and pay a fixed fee in the future when their business scales and they will be able to pay.

1Password is a commercial solution starting at 7,99 USD per user per month for Business edition and with a bigger price for Enterprise. When the pack grows a consumer can push for discounts, and the final price depends very much on bargaining skills and purchasing power.

1Password looks like a good first step for maturing secrets management capability in Kubernetes environment but would be a hard choice for services processing sensitive information - financial institutions, FinTech, defence, healthcare due to lack on self-hosted option.

Hashicorp is still a leader in secrets management, but it comes with a major overhead on it - you'd have to implement and maintain it. If you consider getting help with this - check out our DevSecOps as a Service.

If you are not ready to consider the implementation of a tool - you can check out our Kubernetes Penetration Testing Service. Team