Gartner Information Technology Research

Assessing HashiCorp Terraform for Provisioning Cloud Infrastructure

Published: 06 March 2020

ID: G00383733

Analyst(s): Gregg Siegfried

Summary

Infrastructure as code powers the DevOps toolchain, but I&O technical professionals struggle with tool sprawl. As multicloud becomes pervasive, Terraform provides a common syntax and platform to manage cloud and software-defined infrastructure. This research assesses Terraform’s capabilities.

Table Of Contents

Analysis

  • Context
  • Application
  • It Takes More Than Provisioning
    • Transforming Infrastructure Into Code
    • The Normalization of Multicloud
  • What Is Terraform?
    • Terraform Packaging and Distribution
    • Terraform Open Source
    • Terraform Cloud
    • Terraform Provisioning Workflow
    • Use Cases
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses

Guidance

The Details

  • Example Configuration
  • More on Terraform Provisioners

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