Five Reasons Why Your Business Should Use Terraform to Deploy on the Cloud

By Anthony Merrington, Technical Support Engineer at Alibaba Cloud

If you’re working in the IT sector, you’ve probably heard some of the hype surrounding Terraform by HashiCorp. But what exactly are Terraform’s capabilities, and why should your business consider using it?

Put simply, Terraform is powerful infrastructure as code (IaC) tool that allows you to create, update, and control versioning of cloud infrastructure. With Terraform, you can generate and execute plans based on your desired end state and re-provision infrastructure based on configuration changes.

These are all great capabilities, but where Terraform really comes into its own is scenarios involving hybrid cloud and multicloud deployments. In days gone by, managing infrastructure deployed on different cloud providers as well as local data centers could quickly turn into a logistical nightmare, requiring great amounts of time and creating high operations costs. Terraform is an effective solution to this issue, allowing administrators to rapidly deploy and reconfigure infrastructure all from one place, and all at the same time. It is this ability especially that makes Terraform so powerful.

Terraform and Alibaba Cloud

Use Cases

  • You need to automate the orchestration of a large number of resources.
  • You have developer resources to support the development of Terraform code.
  • You need to scale up and down the infrastructure according to variable online workloads.
  • You need to deploy a large system that involves a complex topology.
  • You need to apply repeated, clearly defined procedures on cloud resources.
  • You need to perform orchestration on a large heterogeneous system that involves multi-cloud and hybrid cloud platforms.

Typical Scenario

Terraform allows you to provision and manage cloud resources with several key operations, such as plan, apply, and destroy, based on the target configurations of your infrastructure.

You can use the Alibaba Cloud provider to integrate Terraform with operations supported by Alibaba Cloud. As mentioned previously, Terraform uses Alibaba Cloud APIs to perform the actual operations on Alibaba Cloud services.

Five Benefits of Using Terraform

1) Improve multi-cloud infrastructure deployment

2) Automated infrastructure management

3) Infrastructure as code

4) Reduced development costs

5) Reduced time to provision

Summary

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