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Revolutionizing Infrastructure Management with A Journey into Effortless Orchestration

In the ever-evolving landscape of cloud computing and DevOps, the quest for streamlined and efficient infrastructure management remains a perpetual challenge. Enter, a cutting-edge tool poised to redefine the way we approach Infrastructure as Code (IaC). This innovative solution addresses the pain points that have long plagued existing IaC tools, offering a refreshing perspective and a promise of enhanced simplicity and effectiveness.

What is IaC, and Why is it Important?


Before we unravel the intricacies of, let’s take a step back to understand the significance of Infrastructure as Code. IaC represents a paradigm shift in how we manage and provision infrastructure resources. Instead of relying on manual configuration and deployment processes, IaC allows developers and operations teams to define infrastructure components programmatically. This enhances repeatability and consistency, accelerates development cycles, and promotes team collaboration. In essence, IaC transforms infrastructure management into a code-centric, version-controlled, and automated process, aligning seamlessly with the principles of DevOps. Here are some popular IaC tools widely used in the industry,

  • Terraform
  • AWS CloudFormation
  • Ansible
  • Pulumi

Challenges in the Current IaC Tools

Although there are well-adopted IaC tools, teams often find themselves caught in a web of diverse tools, each with its own set of advantages and limitations. Orchestrating different infrastructure tools under the same roof presents a formidable challenge, requiring teams to navigate a complex maze of configurations, syntaxes, and deployment strategies. This lack of cohesion can lead to inefficiencies and increased learning curves.
Moreover, maintaining consistent usage of these tools across an organization presents another challenge — ensuring adherence to best practices for establishing a resilient and reliable infrastructure.

What Brings to the Current IaC Landscape?

Source: is a tool that uses Terraform, Helm alongside other infrastructure as code tools as building blocks to lay out complex infrastructures. It’s not competing with other IaC tools. Instead, it provides a higher abstraction, fixing the mentioned challenges while bringing different infrastructure tools under the same roof. Below are some key benefits introduced by

Orchestrating Diverse Tools acknowledges the diversity of tools in the IaC ecosystem and addresses the challenge of managing them cohesively. By providing a centralized platform that seamlessly integrates with various infrastructure tools, it enables teams to leverage the strengths of each tool without compromising on unity.

Templating for Consistency

One of the standout features of is its powerful templating system. Templating allows organizations to implement common infrastructure patterns with best practices across the board. This reduces the implementation effort and ensures a consistent and standardized approach to infrastructure management.

Multi-Cloud Deployments breaks down the silos between cloud providers by allowing the deployment of the same infrastructure pattern across multiple platforms. This feature empowers organizations to embrace a multi-cloud strategy, mitigating vendor lock-in and optimizing resource utilization based on specific provider strengths.

Template Sharing and Customization

In the collaborative landscape of modern development, time is of the essence. enables teams to share templates and tailor them to specific requirements swiftly. This fosters collaboration and saves valuable time by capitalizing on pre-defined templates that align with industry best practices.

Simplifying SaaS Deployments

For SaaS vendors, opens new frontiers by allowing the seamless integration of infrastructure templates into their products. This means SaaS providers can ship infrastructure as part of their product, simplifying enterprise software deployment for end-users and ensuring a smoother onboarding experience.

Enforce Best Practices and Standards

One of the most significant challenges in infrastructure management is the consistent application of best practices and standards across various projects within an organization. offers a solution to this predicament as well by allowing templates to be crafted and overseen by a dedicated platform/DevOps team possessing IaC expertise. This helps organizations to seamlessly implement and propagate best practices and patterns for infrastructure across all projects. Further, this ensures that development teams effortlessly adhere to standardized practices, fostering a more streamlined and efficient workflow.

Creating a Serverless API with

Now, let’s see this in action to see how convenient it is to use to provision infrastructure seamlessly. Suppose we are starting a new project, and we need to create a serverless API on the AWS cloud with an API Gateway backed by Lambda. Let’s use to initialize the project with a template for this use case.

  • Create a S3 bucket to hold the backend state to keep track the infrastructure changes. We can quickly do this with AWS CLI.
aws s3 mb s3://<bucket-name>
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  • Crete a project folder and initialize it with the appropriate template. When we run its interactive CLI command to create the project, it guides us in completing the needed configurations and preparing it for our new project.

Implementation of this template can be found on this GitHub repository.

mkdir cdev-serverless-api
cd cdev-serverless-api
cdev project create --interactive
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Let’s see the interactive CLI steps to understand how it guides us to complete the project setup.

Select the generator.

Check the guide and hit continue.

Provide the necessary configurations for the template and finish setting up the project.

  • You can see it’s generating all the necessary infrastructure code according to the configurations provided by us. With just a single command, the entire infrastructure code is at your disposal — a seamless and efficient process! 😎
  • Now, let’s deploy the infrastructure with the below command
cdev apply
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Before starting the deployment, this will reveal the infrastructure resource changes that will be applied so that we can review them before deploying.

Review the infrastructure resource changes that are going to apply

We can review them and hit continue to proceed with the deployment.

Deployment completion & verification

Once the deployment is complete, we can see it outputs the deployed API URL as well. We can verify that the deployment is complete by sending a request to the API using curl.

With handling the complete infrastructure setup following the best practices, the development team can now direct their attention solely to implementing the core functionalities of the service. This seamless division of responsibilities streamlines the development process, allowing for a more focused and efficient approach to building the service functionalities.

When to Use

We saw how convenient it is to use to manage our infrastructure effortlessly. Here are several scenarios where truly excels, bringing numerous benefits to your organization.

When your development teams lack knowledge in IaC

Managing infrastructure can be a daunting task, especially when your development teams may not be well-versed in IaC. comes to the rescue by providing a user-friendly interface for defining templates abstracting the complexities of infrastructure setup. This empowers development teams to work on their code efficiently without the need for extensive IaC expertise.

When you want to standardize your infrastructure

Achieving consistency and adherence to best practices across diverse projects becomes effortless with By enabling the creation and ownership of templates by a dedicated platform or DevOps team, organizations can standardize infrastructure configurations. This ensures a unified and standardized approach, facilitating easier maintenance and reducing the risk of inconsistencies across different projects.

When you are in a multi-cloud environment

Managing infrastructure across multiple cloud providers can be challenging. simplifies the orchestration of resources in a multi-cloud environment, offering a unified solution for deploying and managing infrastructure across various cloud platforms. This enhances flexibility and minimizes vendor lock-in while allowing organizations to make the most of the advantages offered by different cloud providers.

When you are on a microservices architecture

In a microservices architecture, the complexity of managing numerous services and their associated infrastructure can be overwhelming. aligns perfectly with this paradigm by allowing the definition of templates for each microservice, promoting scalability, flexibility, and efficient management of microservices-based infrastructures.

When you want to deploy repeatable complex infrastructure

Deploying complex infrastructure consistently is a challenge, but excels in this scenario. By defining templates that encapsulate intricate configurations, organizations can deploy repeatable and complex infrastructures seamlessly. This ensures reliability and reduces the likelihood of errors in the deployment process.

When you want to benefit from several IaC tools acts as a bridge to various Infrastructure as Code tools, enabling organizations to leverage the strengths of different tools based on their requirements. Whether it’s Terraform, Helm, or other IaC tools, provides a cohesive platform, allowing users to harness the benefits of multiple tools within a unified and streamlined workflow.


Infrastructure as Code (IaC) has become a cornerstone in modern development practices, and is at the forefront of revolutionizing this space. We’ve explored the significance of IaC, identified challenges in existing tools, and witnessed how brings a fresh perspective to infrastructure orchestration. Whether simplifying serverless API creation or addressing broader infrastructure challenges, emerges as a dynamic solution. With its versatility and adaptability, beckons organizations to embrace a more efficient, standardized, and future-ready approach to infrastructure management.

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