Teleport: SSH server for clusters and teams
Apr 12, 2016 by Taylor Wakefield
Gravitational’s end goal is to help people manage their applications on multiple locations. Our flagship product Gravity solves two main challenges - deploying applications across multiple environments and then once they are there, operating and maintaining them. The second challenge requires an access layer that is compatible with existing (mostly SSH-based) workflows and scalable across multiple clusters of servers and multiple ops teams.
Gravitational Teleport is that access layer. And today we are excited to announce that we are open sourcing this fundamental component of the Gravity Platform.
Teleport was built with security and usability across distributed environments as the primary design principles. We made Teleport compatible with OpenSSH so it works with many existing systems and work flows with minimal changes. Beyond traditional SSH, we added features to make it secure and easy to use for teams with modern, distributed applications, including:
- Two-factor authentication
- Short-lived certificates
- Dynamic labeling for services
- Multi-user sessions (“hangouts for terminal”)
- The ability to playback sessions
- Mandatory auditing (every event is recorded and stored)
- A web-based user interface (in addition to the CLI)
You can learn more about Teleport’s design and internals at its landing page and Github repository. It is not ready for production use, yet, but we encourage people to review, play with it and provide feedback. We are currently undergoing a security review and will update the repo’s README.md when we are comfortable recommending it for production use.
Finally, we’d like to thank a few people that have helped us with Teleport:
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