HashiCorp has been granted a patent for a method involving validating an execution plan for applying configurations to an IT infrastructure. The system includes a validation engine to ensure structural validity of configurations and compliance with policies. The patent covers provisioning, modifying, and de-provisioning resources. GlobalData’s report on HashiCorp gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Validation of execution plan for it infrastructure configurations

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: HashiCorp Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11973647B2) discloses a system that involves a validation engine to validate an execution plan specifying configurations for an information technology infrastructure. The validation process includes determining the structural validity of the configurations, identifying applicable policies based on workspace attributes, and ensuring infrastructure compliance with these policies. If the configurations are valid, they are applied to the infrastructure through provisioning, modification, or de-provisioning of resources. The system also allows for the exclusion of non-mandatory policies based on user input, ensuring flexibility in policy enforcement.

Furthermore, the system includes features such as validating cost quotas, generating user interfaces to display validation results, receiving programming code-based representations of policies, and pulling configuration files from a version controller. The configurations can encompass hardware, software, and network resources, aiming to achieve various IT objectives like supporting software applications, self-service clusters, and multi-cloud deployments. Additionally, the validation engine can invoke external services to verify compliance with external policies and quotas, enhancing the system's robustness in ensuring adherence to a wide range of requirements in managing IT infrastructure efficiently and securely.

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