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Why Developers like Terraform? 6 Reasons to Know

pavanbelagatti profile image Pavan Belagatti ・2 min read

The goal of DevOps is to perform software delivery more efficiently, and we need some tools to make this delivery quickly and efficiently, this is where the tools like Terraform help companies with infrastructure as code and automation.

Terraform is revolutionizing the DevOps world by transforming the way infrastructure is managed, and making it faster and more efficient to execute DevOps. You might have used technologies like Ansible, Chef, or Puppet to automate and provisioning of software, Terraform starts from the same law, infrastructure as code, but focuses on the automation of the infrastructure itself. Your whole Cloud infrastructure (instances, volumes, networking, IPs) can be easily defined in Terraform.

Let us see the reasons to consider Terraform as one of your DevOps tools,

  • Terraform lets you define infrastructure in config/code and will enable you to rebuild/change and track changes to infrastructure with ease. Terraform provides a high-level description of infrastructure.

  • Terraform is the only sophisticated tool that is completely platform agnostic as well as supports other services while there are a few alternatives, but they are focused on a single cloud provider.

  • Terraform enables you to implement all kinds of coding principles like having your code in source control, the ability to write automated tests, etc

  • Terraform is the right tool for infrastructure management as many other tools have a severe impedance mismatch from trying to wrangle an API designed for configuring management to control an infrastructure environment. Instead, Terraform matches correctly with what you want to do- the API aligns with the way you think about infrastructure.

  • Terraform has a lively community and is open source, there is a massive community developing around this tool. Many people are already using it, and it’s easier to find people who know how to use it, plugins, extensions, professional support, etc. This also means Terraform is evolving at a much faster rate. They do releases very often.

  • Terraform’s speed and operations are exceptional. One cool thing about Terraform is, it’s plan command lets you see what changes you’re about to apply before you apply them. Code reuse feature and Terraform tends to make most changes faster than similar tools like CloudFormation.

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What is your take on this tool?
Let me know if you have any other reasons to use Terraform that I have not mentioned on the list.

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