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Getting Started with Terraform

By : Kirill Shirinkin
Book Image

Getting Started with Terraform

By: Kirill Shirinkin

Overview of this book

Terraform is a tool used to efficiently build, configure, and improve production infrastructure. It can manage existing infrastructure as well as create custom in-house solutions. This book shows you when and how to implement infrastructure as a code practices with Terraform. It covers everything necessary to set up complete management of infrastructure with Terraform, starting with the basics of using providers and resources. This book is a comprehensive guide that begins with very small infrastructure templates and takes you all the way to managing complex systems, all using concrete examples that evolve over the course of the book. It finishes with the complete workflow of managing a production infrastructure as code – this is achieved with the help of version control and continuous integration. At the end of this book, you will be familiar with advanced techniques such as multi-provider support and multiple remote modules.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Getting Started with Terraform
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback

Chapter 5. Connecting with Other Tools

Even though Terraform is a great tool in order to describe your Infrastructure as Code (IaC), it still covers only the highest level components of your system. It is perfect when you need to create cloud resources. It's especially hard to replace Terraform when your company relies on many AWS (or other large cloud provider) services. However, it is not the only tool you need for your infrastructure. HashiCorp makes it clear in the Tao of HashiCorp:

The simple, modular, composable approach allows us to build products at a higher level of abstraction. Rather than solving the holistic problem, we break it down into constituent parts, and solve those. We build the best possible solution for the scope of each problem, and then combine the blocks to form a solid, full solution. -

In this chapter, you will learn how to connect Terraform with other tools, most importantly with configuration management systems...