Tigera, Creator of Calico, Recognized as Microsoft OSS on Azure Partner of the Year 2022 Winner

SAN FRANCISCO, June 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Tigera, which provides the industry’s only active cloud-native application protection platform (CNAPP) with full-stack observability for containers, Kubernetes and the cloud, today announced that it has been recognized as a partner Microsoft of the Year 2022, for open source software (OSS) on Azure. Tigera was honored among a global group of leading Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovating and implementing customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.

“We are very proud to be recognized as the Microsoft Partner of the Year for OSS on Azure, as it reaffirms the reach and ubiquity of Tigera’s open-source Calico solution for container networking and security on Azure and AKS,” said Ratan Tipirneni, President and CEO, Tigera. “As enterprises standardize on Microsoft Azure, customers need a resource-efficient and scalable networking and security solution that protects workloads in a hybrid environment ranging from cloud (Azure and AKS) to traditional deployments on-premises (AKS on Azure Stack HCI and Calico is the only technology to support native Windows, eBPF, and Linux containers to match the breadth of Microsoft offerings in AKS, AKS on Azure Stack HCI and Windows Server, and Kubernetes self-managed in Azure.

The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards honor Microsoft partners who have developed and delivered outstanding Microsoft apps, services, and devices over the past year. The awards were ranked in various categories, with winners chosen from a pool of more than 3,900 entries submitted from more than 100 countries around the world. Tigera has been recognized for providing outstanding solutions and services for open source on Azure.

The Open Source Applications and Infrastructure category of the Azure Partner of the Year award recognizes exceptional partners who excel in delivering exceptional open source applications or infrastructure solutions on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. As a winner in this category, Tigera has demonstrated innovation, competitive differentiation, customer value, and successfully addressed customer interoperability needs using Calico in combination with the benefits of using Microsoft services. Azure.

“I am honored to announce the winners and finalists of the 2022 Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards,” said Nick Parker, vice president of Global Partner Solutions at Microsoft. “These partners were exceptional among the outstanding group of nominees and I am continually impressed with their innovative use of Microsoft Cloud technologies and the impact for their customers.”

Since June 2021, Tigera, and Microsoft Azure together provide users with active build, deploy, and runtime security with full observability for securing, monitoring, and troubleshooting containers on Azure and AKS. Tigera works closely with Microsoft to deliver networking, security, and observability for containerized workloads running in Microsoft Azure.

Calico Open Source, the default CNI for AKS on Azure Stack HCI and Windows Server, is the most adopted networking and security solution for containers and Kubernetes. It provides businesses with:

  • Choice of data plan: eBPF, standard Linux and Windows data planes
  • Interoperability: Works with non-Kubernetes workloads
  • Optimized performance: Designed to go faster with reduced CPU consumption
  • Large scale exploitation: As your AKS deployments grow, Calico CNI can operate at scale without performance degradation
  • Granular access controls: Rich networking and security policy model for secure communication
  • Encryption of data in transit: WireGuard based encryption
  • Full Kubernetes network policy support: Works with the original reference implementation of Kubernetes network policy. While Kubernetes network policy only applies to pods, Calico network policy can be applied to multiple types of endpoints, including pods, VMs, and host interfaces.

Calico is fundamentally open source, and using Calico CNI, Calico IPAM, or Calico Networking and Security Policies on Azure AKS is free. For more comprehensive protection, AKS users can easily upgrade to Calico cloud-native app protection platform (CNAPP) through Azure Marketplace to automatically prevent, detect, troubleshoot and mitigate risk of exposure to security issues during the build, deployment, and runtime stages in containers. . For more, watch an on-demand replay of the recent working hours with Microsoft. Users can also sign up for a free trial of Calico Cloud at Azure Marketplace.

Additionally, Tigera is a contributor to Azure Arc’s Jumpstart Friends, Microsoft AKS Hackfest, Microsoft Cloud Native Partner Community, and AKS Office Hour. To learn more about how Tigera and Microsoft work together, visit here.

The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards are announced annually ahead of the company’s global partner conference, Microsoft Inspire, which takes place on July 19-20 This year. Additional details on the 2022 awards are available on the Microsoft Partner Network Blog. The complete list of categories, winners and finalists is available here.

About Tigera

Tigera provides the industry’s only active cloud-native application protection platform (CNAPP) with comprehensive observability for containers, Kubernetes, and cloud. The company’s platform automatically prevents, detects, troubleshoots and mitigates the risk of exposure to security issues during the build, deployment and execution stages. Tigera offers its platform as a fully managed SaaS (Calico Cloud) or a self-managed service (Calico Enterprise). Its open-source offer, Calico Open Source, is the most widely adopted container networking and security solution. Tigera’s platform specifies security and observability as code to ensure consistent application of security policies, enabling DevOps, platform, and security teams to protect workloads, detect threats, ensure ongoing compliance and resolve service issues in real time.

Power more than 100M containers on over 2 million nodes in 166 countries, Calico software is supported by all major cloud providers and Kubernetes distributions, and is used by leading companies such as AT&T, Discover, Merck, ServiceNow, HanseMerkur , RealPage, L3Harris and Mindbody.

Catherine Benfield for Tiger
Lumina Communications
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