Integration with Terraform

Terraform is an infrastructure as code tool that enables you to safely and predictably provision and manage infrastructure in any cloud.

About Terraform

Terraform is an open-source infrastructure-as-code (IaC) tool developed by HashiCorp that enables organizations to automate the provisioning and management of their IT infrastructure. Its declarative configuration language allows users to describe the desired state of their infrastructure, while the tool itself handles the necessary steps to achieve that state. Companies seeking to optimize their infrastructure management processes, enhance consistency, and reduce manual intervention rely on Terraform for its powerful provisioning capabilities and support for a wide range of providers.

Terraform’s Integration with Apache CloudStack

Apache CloudStack is supported by Terraform through the CloudStack provider, enabling seamless integration with Terraform configurations. This integration allows administrators to automate the provisioning and management of CloudStack resources, such as virtual machines, networks, and storage, using Terraform’s IaC approach. By leveraging Terraform with CloudStack, organizations can streamline their cloud infrastructure management, enhance operational efficiency, and ensure consistency across their environments.

Pros

Declarative, cloud-agnostic infrastructure-as-code tool suitable for diverse IT environments.

Cons

Has a steep learning curve, especially for those new to infrastructure-as-code.

Ease of Implementation

Moderate.

Ease of Use

Moderate.

Total Cost of Ownership

Moderate upfront investment, long-term cost savings due to increased efficiency and portability across cloud environments.

Support

HashiCorp provides commercial support for Terraform, with options for 24/7 coverage, fast response times, and access to updates, documentation, and consulting services. Community support is also available through forums and online resources.

Supported Integrations

Terraform, a widely-used open-source Infrastructure as Code (IaC) tool, integrates seamlessly with Apache CloudStack, enabling administrators to automate the provisioning, management, and maintenance of their cloud infrastructure. This integration simplifies cloud management tasks, reduces human error, and speeds up deployments. By utilising Terraform and Apache CloudStack together, organizations can achieve greater efficiency and agility in managing their IT infrastructure, meeting their specific business requirements and driving innovation.

Resources

Solution Brief

CloudStack and Terraform Integration

Video

Terraform Explorer – Manage your Terraform Cloud workspace data

Blog

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