People often ask us: “Why should I switch to Onboardbase? My solution works!”
Onboardbase drastically simplifies a complex problem. It’s not just a better way to manage secrets, it’s an entirely different way to think about environment configuration as a whole to match modern dev workflows in teams of diverse, distributed people. We focus on the humans who create the chaos, not just the machines.
We summarize more on this question below while trying to stay objective.
GitHub Secrets is a Github feature to store sensitive information securely in your repository. You can also define secrets at the organization’s level. Anyone with collaborator access to the repositories can access secrets.
GitHub Secrets is a free feature.
Available to use in GitHub Actions workflows and Github Codespaces.
Encrypts secrets in a secure vault.
There are access policies to control which repositories can use organization secrets. Approval is required.
Organization-level secrets let you share secrets between multiple repositories, which reduces the need for creating duplicate secrets. Updating an organization secret in one location also ensures that the change takes effect in all repository workflows that use that secret.
Secrets can be accessed through CLI and API.
buildcommand directly unless you use Github Actions or Codespaces. You’ll need to create a custom solution.
In summary, choose Onboardbase if you want maximum flexibility regarding environment config management without compromising security. Onboardbase is human-centric, whereas Github has a more repository-centric approach causing more back-and-forth to get projects running.
AWS Secrets Manager is the equivalent of Github Secrets in the AWS ecosystem.
$0.4 per secret per month and $0.05 per 10k API calls, with a 30-day trial period.
AWS Secrets Manager encrypts secrets at rest using encryption keys that you own and stores in AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS).
Secrets Manager integrates with AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) to control access to the secret using fine-grained IAM policies and resource-based policies.
When you retrieve a secret, Secrets Manager decrypts the secret and transmits it securely over TLS to your local environment.
Automatic secrets rotation for AWS services.
Programmatic retrieval of secrets via CLI and API.
AWS Secrets Manager enables you to audit and monitor secrets through integration with AWS logging, monitoring, and notification services.
The one of Onboardbase here is it's ease of use and flexible approach to environment management that matches startups that need to move fast without breaking things. AWS Secrets Manager suffers the same problems as Github Secrets while adding even more complexity and costs.
Vault is a secret vault, as its name suggests.
Free if self-managed. From $0.5 per hour for the managed cloud option.
Automated credential rotation (expiration date)
API and CLI access
HashiCorp Vault isn’t suitable for small and medium businesses or modern dev teams without security experts working around it. It’s costly if you opt for the cloud option, and it requires deep expertise to host yourself. With Onboardbase, you’ll save hundreds of dollars on installation alone.