What is HCP Boundary
The HashiCorp Cloud Platform (HCP) is a fully managed platform which is operated by HashiCorp allowing organizations to get up and running quickly. Customers get production-grade infrastructure, built-in security, and pay-as-you-go pricing to accelerate cloud adoption. HCP Boundary provides a consistent user experience compared to a self-managed Boundary cluster.
Open Source Boundary vs. HCP Boundary
Here is a quick comparison between a self-managed Boundary instance and an HCP Boundary instance.
|Feature||Open Source Boundary||HCP Boundary|
|OIDC Auth Integration||Included||Included|
|Dynamic Host Catalogs||Included||Included|
|Credential Brokering with Vault||Included||Included|
|Credential Injection with Vault||Included|
|Push button deployment||Included|
|Real time audit log streaming||Included|
|Support||Open Source Boundary||HCP Boundary|
|Uptime SLA or Support||Community; no SLA||Included|
How does HCP Boundary work?
Organizations that adopt HCP Boundary can focus on integrating Boundary into their environments without the need to focus on traditional operational tasks, such as which operating system to deploy the Boundary cluster on, how to manage and monitor the Boundary application, or how to upgrade to newer versions of Boundary.
Boundary can be deployed in just a few clicks via the HashiCorp Cloud Platform Portal. Once deployed, Boundary administrators can interact with Boundary through the admin console or command line interface (CLI) to manage orgs, users, groups, permissions, and roles to provide fine-grained access to Boundary targets and projects.
Support and community
To connect with other HashiCorp practitioners using in the HCP Boundary, please join the Boundary discuss community.
For issues with HCP Boundary, please submit a support request.
In the next tutorial you will learn how to install the Boundary CLI to manage your HCP Boundary instance.