How simple Terraform plans make hybrid and multi-cloud a reality: an introduction

Most non-IT people will have heard about the word Terraform, will automatically think of this, changing dead planets into Earth like paradises.

Terraforming Mars will be an escapade in automation, just like terraforming your AWS environment.

But for those of us that work in Infrastructure and Cloud; Terraform is a language definition that allows the deployment of infrastructure as code. There is a loose analogy there, with Terraform you are building your environment exactly as you wish with a pre-configured script to create a predefined end point, just like the science fiction future environment building a new earth from barren rock.

Anybody who has utilized AWS will be aware of Terraform. It was written by Hashicorp and it is one of the primary methods used to automatically build AWS environments in this bold and new DevOps world.

What not a lot of people aware of is that Hashicorp’s Terraform can be utilized to build any infrastructure; all it requires is a provider. Currently Terraform is available for integration into all the major public cloud providers (AWS, Azure, GCP, Oracle Cloud and Alibaba Cloud). It is also available for on-prem environments with VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V.

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