Top Infrastructure as Code tools for 2022

AWS's CloudFormation is a built-in IaC solution that addresses DevOps needs.

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Infrastructure as Code (IaC) is a descriptive model-based approach for configuring and managing infrastructure. The configuration modules are usually saved in version control systems in well-documented code formats, improving correctness, decreasing errors, and speeding up consistency. Many firms are migrating to this crucial DevOps practice to reap the benefits of its changeless infrastructure, increased delivery speed, scalability, cost savings, and risk avoidance.

Below, we review the top IaC tools that you can use in 2022.

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Terraform 

Terraform by HashiCorp is the most widely used open-source infrastructure automation technology. It assists with infrastructure as code configuration, provisioning, and management. Terraform makes it simple to plan and deploy IaC across numerous infrastructure providers using a single procedure. The required infrastructure is defined as code using a declarative approach. Before upgrading or provisioning infrastructure, Terraform allows users to run a pre-execution check to see if the settings fulfil the result expectations. Users can have their chosen architecture across numerous cloud providers through a single and uniform CLI procedure. You can quickly set up several environments with the same configuration and manage the entire lifecycle of your chosen infrastructure, eliminating human error and enhancing infrastructure automation.

Ansible 

RedHat created Ansible to promote simplicity. The tool contributes to IT modernisation and aids DevOps teams in deploying applications faster, more reliably, and in a more coordinated manner. Without worrying about meeting compliance standards, you can quickly create several identical environments with security baselines. Ansible is the simplest approach to automate the provisioning, configuration, and maintenance of applications and IT infrastructure. You can use Ansible to run playbooks to generate and manage the infrastructure resources. It can connect to servers and conduct commands over SSH without agents.The code is written in YAML, making the configurations relatively simple to comprehend and deploy. Ansible’s capabilities can be further enhanced by adding new modules and plugins.

Google Cloud Deployment Manager

Google’s infrastructure deployment service, Cloud Deployment Manager, automates the management, creation, provisioning, and configuration of Google Cloud Platform resources using a declarative language. You can manage the resources by using YAML or Python scripts and use the code to generate equally consistent deployments in the future on resource groups. It also allows you to see how modifications will affect your system before they’re implemented. You may also utilise the built-in console to check your current deployments if necessary. However, what distinguishes the Deployment Manager from the other Infrastructure as Code solutions on this list is how tightly it is linked to Google’s ecosystem. It essentially adds UI functionality to the developer’s console, making it easier to visualise deployment architecture. Deployment Manager also requires no additional configuration software and comes at no additional expense because it is built into the platform.

Azure Resource Manager

Azure Resource Manager is a service that allows users to deploy and manage Azure resources. The solution enables resources to be deployed, maintained, and tracked as a group rather than individually. Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) is built into the resource management system, allowing users to apply access control to all resources within a resource category. Resource Manager lets you utilise declarative templates instead of scripts to manage your infrastructure. You may reinstall your infrastructure solution several times during the application development lifecycle with Azure resource manager while being able to keep state consistency.

AWS CloudFormation


AWS’s CloudFormation is a built-in IaC solution that addresses DevOps needs. CloudFormation is another declarative method, and because the programme is designed exclusively for AWS infrastructure, the margin of error is minimal. Declarative declarations can be made in YAML or JSON. In the event of an error, CloudFormation also provides a Rollback Trigger function that instantly reverts to a working state.

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