FusionAuth Adds Support for ARM-based Architecture

Most developers need three things in life: Control, interesting projects and the ability to build on the technology of their choice. Now a new development promises to put all three in developers’ hands—FusionAuth’s announcement of its support for ARM-based architecture.

FusionAuth solutions offer multi-factor authentication, passwordless authentication and single sign-on, among other features. ARM-based architectures offer simplicity with a lower and cooler energy footprint. Translated into DevSecOps benefits, this means that FusionAuth just made it significantly easier for developers to meet identity and authorization requirements and strengthen their security when building on ARM architecture.

We talked to Daniel DeGroff, co-CTO at FusionAuth, to find out the details on how this support can benefit DevSecOps.

The Movement to ARM-based Architecture

You’ve probably noticed many forward-thinking developers are turning toward ARM-based technologies. Developers can count on interoperability across different implementations and different devices—and ARM processors offer a lower operating temperature and reduced power consumption. They’re also inexpensive to produce, making their price point attractive. This has earned them a place in everything from servers to smartphones to the world’s fastest supercomputer.

With many developers spotting the potential for higher performance and cost savings, it’s no surprise that vendors like FusionAuth would move to support ARM-based infrastructure, as well. By working with ARM processors, the company can support additional use cases such as IoT and high-performance cloud platforms that are built on ARM-based architectures. DeGroff described it as a pragmatic—and inevitable—move, and said, “If you want to use these new machines, you have to support this architecture in some fashion.”

“We develop on the Apple MacBook, and all new workstations will use Apple’s custom silicon which is based on the ARM architecture,” he pointed out. “ARM is generally faster and less expensive than an equivalent x86 server platform, and many of the low-power IoT devices will utilize the ARM architecture as well.”

DevSecOps Benefits: Greater Flexibility, Easier Security

FusionAuth’s ARM support can make the average security-minded dev’s life easier in several ways. FusionAuth runs on any platform, anywhere; by supporting ARM-based technologies, the company is extending developers’ ability to deploy its authentication and authorization platform how and where they want. “We have to ensure FusionAuth runs where our users want to develop,” DeGroff said.

In helping developers build on ARM-based architecture, FusionAuth also makes it easier for them to use an API to bring in FusionAuth at the early stages of app or software development. One of the platform’s selling points is that it makes it simpler for developers to solve typical authentication obstacles, like weak password policies or difficulty with privileged access rules, DeGroff said. By supporting ARM-based technologies, FusionAuth aims to help developers successfully meet even tough security requirements through flexible, sophisticated identity authentication and access tools—and do so earlier in their development cycles.

A Seamless Transition to Smarter Authentication

If you’re a developer interested in exploring the combination of FusionAuth and ARM technologies, DeGroff said any transition will feel seamless. “There is a great business case for moving workloads to this architecture,” he points out. Developers who want to take advantage of the improved performance and lower costs can begin to migrate workloads to ARM-based platforms now.”

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