This article provides an Introduction to Terraform – Infrastructure as a Code Tool.
Infrastructure As A Code (IaaC)
Infrastructure as a code (IaaC) is a practice that enables the management of infrastructure through code, rather than manual configuration. It treats infrastructure resources, such as servers, networks, and storage, as code. Further, these infrastructure resources can be versioned, audited, and automated. This allows for more efficient and consistent management of infrastructure, as well as easier collaboration between teams. Basically, IaaC tools like Terraform, Ansible, and Chef allow users to define their infrastructure using code. So, we can automatically provision, update, and manage these infrastructure resources. Therefore, the practice of IaaC is popular among the developer community. This approach can also help to reduce errors and improve overall infrastructure security. Hence, overall productivity improves with the use of IaaC.
What is Terraform – Infrastructure as a Code Tool?
Terraform is an open-source infrastructure as a code software tool created by HashiCorp. It allows users to define and provision infrastructure for a variety of cloud providers and on-premises environments using a simple, human-readable language. Furthermore, we can use Terraform to manage the lifecycle of infrastructure resources such as virtual machines, DNS entries, and databases. Also, we can use it to manage the relationships and dependencies between resources. With Terraform, we can provision, update and version the infrastructure.
There are several features of Terraform that make it popular. These features are discussed here.
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