ARM Templates Or HashiCorp Terraform - What Should I Use?

ARM Templates Or HashiCorp Terraform - What Should I Use?

Infrastructure as code has transformed the way we build and manage our applications, and cloud hosting has paved the way by giving us the power to spin up and tear down entire environments nearly instantly with only a few keystrokes at the command line.

Infrastructure as code has transformed the way we build and manage our applications, and cloud hosting has paved the way by giving us the power to spin up and tear down entire environments nearly instantly with only a few keystrokes at the command line.

There are many tools that can help tackle infrastructure as code and they range from cloud-specific tools like Azure Resource Manager Templates to open-source cloud or host agnostic tools like HashiCorp Terraform. Which is right for you?

What are you using now?

If you haven’t already looked into infrastructure as code, there is no better time than now. Infrastructure as code fits seamlessly into the CI/CD (Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery) portion of DevOps. Leveraging infrastructure as code gives your operations and engineering teams the ability to adopt DevOps best practices by allowing them to focus on reliably and consistently delivering value to your end-users.

If you’re an Azure customer, it’s likely you’ve already heard of or have looked at ARM Templates for automating some piece of your infrastructure. If you’re not an Azure customer, you may have looked at similar offerings that are specific to your cloud hosting provider. Offerings like ARM Templates or cloud-specific infrastructure as code tools work to deploy and manage infrastructure exclusively on the cloud hosting provider they were built for.

If you want to have your infrastructure span several cloud providers or platforms using these tools alone, you will need to work with each tool from each provider – and each cloud provider’s tooling will use different syntax and verbiage. This is where cloud or host agnostic tools like HashiCorp Terraform can really make life easier working across clouds as well as on-premises environments.

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