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Assessing Terraform for Provisioning Cloud Infrastructure

Published: 13 November 2017

ID: G00328206

Analyst(s): Gregg Siegfried

Summary

Technical professionals seek consistency when setting up automated provisioning in AWS, GCP and Microsoft Azure. Terraform provides a common workflow to automate provisioning, which facilitates multicloud and hybrid IT. This note assesses Terraform's features and automated provisioning capabilities.

Table Of Contents

Analysis

  • Assembling Infrastructure as Code
    • The Normalization of Multicloud Workloads
  • What Is Terraform?
    • Terraform Open Source
    • Terraform Platform Support
    • Terraform Enterprise
    • Terraform Provisioning Workflow
    • Use Cases
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses

Guidance

The Details

  • Examples
    • Example Configuration No. 1
    • Example Configuration No. 2
  • More on Terraform Provisioners

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