IaC Tools & Platforms
Let’s look at some IaC tools and platforms in this tutorial. IaC (Infrastructure as Code) tools allow you to manage and provision your infrastructure resources using code. With IaC tools, you can define your infrastructure resources such as Servers, Computer Networks, Databases, Load balancers(F5), etc in code, which can then be version-controlled, tested, and deployed.
Some popular IaC tools are as follows:
- Google Cloud Deployment Manager
- AWS CloudFormation
- Azure Resource Manager
Ansible is an open-source IaC platform that allows you to automate the deployment, configuration, and management of your infrastructure resources, including servers, networks, and applications.
Chef is an open-source IaC platform that provides a domain-specific language for defining your infrastructure resources and automating their configuration and management.
Puppet is an open-source IaC platform that provides a declarative language for defining your infrastructure resources and automating their management and provisioning.
Terraform is an open source Infrastructure as Code tool, created by HashiCorp, which helps us to create immutable infrastructure to avoid the problem of configuration drift.
Terraform supports different cloud providers and different services provided by cloud providers. It allows you to define, manage, and provision infrastructure resources across various cloud providers, including AWS(Amazon Web Services), Azure, GCP(Google Cloud Platform), etc.
Terraform Cloud is HashiCorp’s managed service offering that helps you with infrastructure automation.
Google Cloud Deployment Manager
Google Cloud Deployment Manager is a service provided by GCP that allows users to automate the creation and management of cloud resources using configuration files written in YAML or JSON format. Users can create and manage resources such as virtual machines, load balancers, databases, and other cloud services in a consistent and repeatable way. It integrates with other Google Cloud services such as Cloud Storage, Compute Engine, Kubernetes Engine, and Cloud SQL to enable more complex deployments.
Azure Resource Manager
Azure Resource Manager is a service provided by Microsoft Azure that enables users to deploy, manage, and organize resources in a consistent and repeatable way. Users can define and deploy infrastructure as code using templates written in JSON or YAML format.
Azure Resource Manager provides a central location to manage all Azure resources in a subscription, allowing users to manage infrastructure as a single entity rather than individual resources. ARM templates can be used to define resources such as virtual machines, networking resources, storage, etc.