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Apr 2019
adopt?

Terraform, is rapidly becoming a de facto choice for creating and managing cloud infrastructures by writing declarative definitions. The configuration of the servers instantiated by Terraform is usually left to Puppet, Chef or Ansible. We like Terraform because the syntax of its files is quite readable and because it supports a number of cloud providers while making no attempt to provide an artificial abstraction across those providers. The active community will add support for the latest features from most cloud providers. Following our first, more cautious, mention of Terraform almost two years ago, it has seen continued development and has evolved into a stable product with a good ecosystem that has proven its value in our projects. The issue with state file management can now be sidestepped by using what Terraform calls a "remote state backend." We've successfully used AWS S3 for that purpose.

Mar 2017
trial?

With Terraform, you can manage cloud infrastructure by writing declarative definitions. The configuration of the servers instantiated by Terraform is usually left to tools like Puppet, Chef or Ansible. We like Terraform because the syntax of its files is quite readable and because it supports a number of cloud providers while making no attempt to provide an artificial abstraction across those providers. Following our first, more cautious, mention of Terraform almost two years ago, it has seen continued development and has evolved into a stable product that has proven its value in our projects. The issue with state file management can now be sidestepped by using what Terraform calls a "remote state backend." We've successfully used Consul for that purpose.

Nov 2016
trial?

With Terraform, you can manage cloud infrastructure by writing declarative definitions. The configuration of the servers instantiated by Terraform is usually left to tools like Puppet, Chef or Ansible. We like Terraform because the syntax of its files is quite readable and because it supports a number of cloud providers while making no attempt to provide an artificial abstraction across those providers. Following our first, more cautious, mention of Terraform almost two years ago, it has seen continued development and has evolved into a stable product that has proven its value in our projects. The issue with state file management can now be sidestepped by using what Terraform calls a "remote state backend." We’ve successfully used Consul for that purpose.

Jan 2015
assess?

With Terraform, cloud infrastructure can be managed by writing declarative definitions. The configuration of the servers instantiated by Terraform is usually left to tools like Puppet, Chef, or Ansible. We like Terraform because the syntax of its files is quite readable and because it supports multiple cloud providers while making no attempt to provide an artificial abstraction across these providers. At this stage, Terraform is new and not everything is implemented yet. We have also found its state management to be fragile, often needing awkward manual work to untangle.