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This is a page where we publish our approximate roadmap for VMware Secrets Manager for Cloud-Native Apps. Note that this is not a commitment to deliver any of the features listed here, and that the roadmap is subject to change at any time without notice.

Whenever we release a new version of VMware Secrets Manager, we will update this page, and also the changelog to reflect the changes.

One-Year Window

This page will only contain information about the next 12 months of the project. We will update the roadmap every release, and remove the completed items from the list, and add a new iteration at the end of the list.

Active Iterations

VSecM v0.22.0 (codename: Boötes)

Sep 12, 2023 – Jan 31, 2024

This is a relatively longer release because due to the “time-stop” effect of the holiday season, the majority of the core contributors will be spending quality time with their loved ones and recharging their batteries for the upcoming year.

This release will be more about enhancing deployment workflows, testing automation and CI/CD pipelines. We will also focus on improving the overall user experience.

  • Ability for an operator to export secrets (by providing a public key), to use in other workflows.
  • Enhancements to template transformations.
  • Better, machine-readable logs.
  • Also, better audit logs.
  • More documentation updates.
  • Enabling automated tests and static code analysis.
  • Preventing log tampering.
  • Performance improvements on the website.

VSecM v0.23.0 (codename: Cassiopeia)

Oct 10, 2023 – Nov 6, 2023

This iteration will be focused on improving how VMware Secrets Manager logs and reports errors. We will also focus on improving the performance of the VMware Secrets Manager website.

  • Secretless VSecM: Ability to use VMware Secrets Manager without relying on Kubernetes Secrets. This will allow users to use VMware Secrets Manager without having to create Kubernetes Secrets at all—even for the master keys.
  • Ability to use VSecM across clusters (multi-cluster federation support).
  • Static code analysis.
  • More automation and tests.
  • More use-case video lectures.
  • Website enhancement: Versioned snapshots of the documentation.

VSecM v0.24.0 (codename: Draco)

Nov 7, 2023 – Dec 4, 2023

This iteration will be focused on making VMware Secrets Manager able to ingest large amounts of secrets, without crashing or slowing down.

  • Stream manipulation: Ability to ingest large amounts of secrets; also ability to ingest longer secrets.
  • More automation.
  • Our goal is 90% code coverage by this checkpoint; or as far as we can get.
  • Security: Ability to lock VSecM Safe.
  • Documentation: A user guide for those who want to develop their own language-specific VSecM SDKs (we’ll continue to support Go only for a while, however we still want to make it easier for others to develop their own SDKs).
  • Website optimization and asset cleanup.

VSecM v0.25.0 (codename: Eridanus)

Dec 5, 2023 – Jan 1, 2024

In this iteration, our focus will be in-memory usage of VSecM and also making the VSecM Sidecar more robust.

  • Option for VSecM to run in-memory; without having to rely on any backing store.
  • Option for the VSecM Sidecar to kill the container when the bound secret changes.
  • Introducing Operators to auto-inject VSecM sidecars and init containers to workloads.

VSecM v0.26.0 (codename: Fornax)

Jan 2, 2024 – Jan 29, 2024

This is an iteration focused on code stability, and community development.

  • Validation and guardrails around VSecM-managed SVIDs.
  • Community development efforts.
  • Focus on observability.

VSecM v0.27.0 (codename: Gemini)

Jan 30, 2024 – Feb 26, 2024

We’ll create abstractions around certain VMware Secrets Manager components to make further cloud integrations easier.

  • Creating custom resources (ClusterVSecMId) for better abstraction.
  • Improving usability and developer experience.

VSecM v0.28.0 (codename: Hydra)

Feb 27, 2024 – Mar 25, 2024

This iteration will be about providing access to VSecM Sentinel through OIDC authentication. We will also focus on various compatibility issues before we dive into cloud integration in the upcoming iterations.

The goals in this iteration could be a stretch and based on the workload of the core maintainers, we might have to push some of these goals to the next iteration, thus impacting the overall roadmap.

  • Focus on auto-scaling.
  • OIDC authentication.
  • Using Redis as a shared backing store.
  • Ability to deploy VSecM to any SPIFFE-compatible cluster that has agents that provide SPIFFE Workload API.

VSecM v0.29.0 (codename: Indus)

Mar 26, 2024 – Apr 22, 2024

This iteration will be about integrating VMware Secrets Manager with AWS KMS.

  • AWS KMS Integration

VSecM v0.30.0 (codename: Lupus)

Apr 23, 2024 – May 20, 2024

This iteration will be about integrating VMware Secrets Manager with Azure Key Vault.

  • Azure Key Vault Integration

VSecM v0.31.0 (codename: Mensa)

May 21, 2024 – Jun 17, 2024

This release is about security auditing and hardening.

  • Create a self-security assessment.
  • Perform security audit from a third-party security firm, or an internal VMware security team.

VSecM v0.32.0 (codename: Norma)

Jun 18, 2024 – Jul 15, 2024

This iteration will be about integrating VMware Secrets Manager with Google Cloud KMS.

  • Google Cloud KMS Integration

VSecM v0.32.0 (codename: Orion)

Jul 16, 2024 – Aug 12, 2024

This iteration will be about OIDC support, and improving our OpenSSF conformance.

By this point, we expect to have at lest a silver, if not a gold badge from OpenSSF.

We will also stretch our research into non-Kubernetes deployment options.

  • Get an OpenSSF Silver Badge.
  • Non-Kubernetes deployment options.
  • Other integration options.
  • Creating other official SDKs, along with VSecM Go SDK.
  • Stability improvements.

Closed Iterations

VSecM v0.21.0 (codename: Andromeda)

Aug 15, 2023 – Sep, 11, 2023

This was a stability-focused release. We focused on fixing bugs, improving stability, and improving workflows and CI/CD pipelines. We also created missing documentation and generated new video tutorials that feature the current version of VMware Secrets Manager.

Check out the release notes to learn more about what has been added, changed, and fixed in this release.

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