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BLOGTerraform 05 Dec 2022
Managing cloud infrastructure is not an easy job. If you don’t have the right infrastructure, cloud apps with complicated setups can fall apart when used on a large scale. But cloud computing and virtualization tools have a lot of benefits. One of the best may be that they make it easier to manage infrastructure in a way that is consistent and easy to copy.
A significant paradigm change has taken place in the field of information technology as a result of the rapid adoption of cloud computing during the last few years. A growing number of small and large organizations and companies all over the world are now using cloud-based platforms to host their infrastructure and utilized tools such as Terraform in order to deploy and manage it.
This trend is being driven by the lower total cost of ownership and flexibility that come along with using cloud-based platforms. In this blog post, we examine the advantages that cloud-native infrastructure management tools have over tools like Terraform, which are used to manage cloud computing environments.
Terraform is an IAC tool that DevOps teams mostly use to automate different infrastructure tasks. One of the most common ways Terraform is used is to set up resources in the cloud. It is an open-source provisioning tool written in the Go programming language that can be used with any cloud. It was made by HashiCorp.
You can write code to describe your whole infrastructure with Terraform. Even if your servers come from different providers like AWS or Azure, Terraform helps you build and manage these resources in parallel across providers. Think of Terraform as the glue that holds your IT stack together and the common language you can use to manage it all.
Terraform does not have configuration management features like other declarative tools. But it works with configuration management tools and support to automatically set up infrastructure in the state described by configuration files and to change or update provisioning as needed when configuration changes.
Terraform has Blocks, Comments, Arguments, and built-in functions. Variables, locals, and data sources allow for clear, reusable code. Modules and Templates are Terraform’s biggest advantage. A Terraform module groups resources for easier, less repetitive programming. Terraform modules are comparable to libraries, packages, or modules in most programming languages and provide similar advantages. These modules may be saved locally or shared through the Terraform Registry, version control systems, HTTP URLs, etc. Engineers may share reused codes with other teams, saving time and money.
Existing infrastructure migration to Terraform provides various advantages, including:
UNINTERRUPTED, SIMPLE, TRANSFER OF ALL CURRENT INFRASTRUCTURE TO THE CLOUD
SIMPLE ADMINISTRATION OF CLOUD-BASED RESOURCES WITH CHANGE TRACING
SECURE RESOURCE DEPLOYMENT IN THE TERRAFORM CLOUD
TERRAFORM IS A RELATIVELY NEW TECHNOLOGY, SO USING IT TO MANAGE A COMPANYS CLOUD RESOURCES MAY REQUIRE SOME TIME AND WORK
Terraform requires particular expertise and training to operate cloud infrastructure successfully. Additionally, it may be difficult to utilize when dealing with ideas such as a remote backend. Despite these drawbacks, Terraform gives DevOps teams significant benefits for infrastructure management.
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