This section walks through how to get started with Boundary. You’ll learn how Boundary provides secure access to private endpoints.
There are three options to get started with Boundary:
- HCP Boundary is a managed offering of the Boundary product, and is the easiest way to get started. It streamlines deployment and operations, and is available as a freemium service. HCP Boundary allows users to run their own worker proxies, preventing exposure of your network to HashiCorp or clients. HCP Boundary has features that are not available in the Community Edition of the product, as well as support. It has full feature-parity with Boundary Enterprise. Review the Get started with HCP Boundary section to learn more.
- Boundary Enterprise is a customer-hosted offering of Boundary with Enterprise support. It has full feature-parity with HCP Boundary. The Enterprise version is self-managed in your environment, making it the perfect choice for agencies that are not able to use SaaS products for compliance or regulatory reasons. The Install Boundary section can help you build a self-managed production environment using Boundary Enterprise.
- Boundary Community Edition is a free distribution of Boundary that users can run in their own environments. The Dev Mode quick start section discusses running Boundary in Dev mode on your local machine, allowing you to get started with the Community Edition distribution quickly.
We recommend you use the Boundary model that best meets your intended use case. If you’re not sure what’s best for you, we recommend reviewing the Getting started with HCP Boundary section.
Before getting started with Boundary, it's important to understand a few key concepts. Please consult our Boundary concepts page to familiarize yourself with Boundary's architecture and terminology.