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Getting Started with Terraform - Second Edition

By : Kirill Shirinkin
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Getting Started with Terraform - Second Edition

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By: Kirill Shirinkin

Overview of this book

Terraform is a tool used to efficiently build, configure, and improve the production infrastructure. It can manage the 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 the complete management of infrastructure with Terraform, starting with the basics of using providers and resources. It 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. The book ends with the complete workflow of managing a production infrastructure as code—this is achieved with the help of version control and continuous integration. The readers will also learn how to combine multiple providers in a single template and manage different code bases with many complex modules. It focuses on how to set up continuous integration for the infrastructure code. The readers will be able to use Terraform to build, change, and combine infrastructure safely and efficiently.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Title Page
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback

Chapter 5. Connecting with Other Tools

Even though Terraform is a great tool 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: how to...