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Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has acquired San Francisco-based cloud security startup Scytale to bolster its security capabilities. The company is yet to disclose the terms of the deal.

The deal is expected to provide HPE’s customers and partners the freedom to design, deploy, and achieve their IT operational goals, with the same level of trust that was previously achievable only through proprietary network-security schemes, Dave Husak, an HPE fellow and general manager of the company’s Cloudless Initiative said in a blog post. Scytale is also likely to play a “fundamental role” in HPE’s plans to deliver an open, and secure edge-to-cloud platform, Husak added.

Launched in 2017, Scytale develops so-called zero-trust security software for protecting enterprise applications. The startup was founded by a group of seasoned engineers from cloud-native enterprises like Amazon Web Services, Duo Security, Google, Okta, PagerDuty, and Splunk.

As part of the acquisition, co-founders Sunil James, Emiliano Berenbaum, and Andrew Jessup will join HPE. “Scytale’s DNA is security, distributed systems, and open-source. Under HPE, Scytale will continue to help steward SPIFFE,” quipped James.

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