Capital One Financial Corporation is the nation’s largest direct bank. They have a well-earned reputation as a data and tech pioneer in the financial services industry and have long been progressive in setting a bold agenda around digital and tech transformation. This has meant operating years ahead of most enterprises in moving to the cloud, scaling in-house engineering workforce and adopting agile, microservices, open source and a modern data ecosystem.
It’s no surprise that Capital One was also an early adopter of Open Policy Agent (OPA). In 2020, to tackle a new opportunity, Capital One turned to the creators of OPA and found that Styra DAS could deliver what they needed.
The opportunity: a new internal Kubernetes platform aimed at transforming and modernizing the software delivery experience. Capital One rolled out the platform in mid-2020 and began migrating containerized apps from older platforms to the new platform.
They needed to operationalize the platform with a standardized, central control plane that provided pre-built Kubernetes PSP policies and easy authoring of custom policies, as well as enabling decision log visibility, policy authoring, tenant/cluster management and impact analysis.