Terraform Consulting

Automating complex infrastructure across any on-premises or public cloud platform to help you gain agility and independence.

Are you planning migration to cloud native infrastructure? Seeking a way to operationalize disparate infrastructure and deploy applications quickly for on-premise and cloud? Hashicorp Terraform is the answer. 

Terraform is an agnostic Infrastructure as Code (IaC) declarative language and an infrastructure provider. It enables you to accomplish orchestration, well-established infrastructure, declarative code, and client-only architecture. 

The main benefits of Terraform include:

  • Reduced dependency on your infrastructure provider. Terraform works independently of your provider. You can move freely between on-premise and cloud providers without complications or cost. Terraform supports cloud infrastructure providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), IBM Cloud, Google Cloud Platform, Linode, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, or VMware vSphere and OpenStack.
  • Full-stack application deployment efficiency enables you to deploy with more agility and fewer errors while optimizing computing resources.

Developers can define desired “end-state” cloud or on-premise infrastructure by using a high-level configuration language called HCL (HashiCorp Configuration Language). Terraform orchestrates the infrastructure to reach that end state automatically by following a plan developed for perfect resource optimization.

Infrastructure resource management has exponentially evolved in recent years making it easier to take advantage of cloud native computing structures that reduce cost, enable agility, improve performance, and relieve headaches. 

Terraform Consulting at Dinocloud

Our understanding and experience implementing the key principles and technicalities in cloud native development ensure our Terraform consulting and engineering services are effective for your business. Our engineers adeptly use Terraform’s declarative configuration files to treat the whole cloud infrastructure as code (IaC). The benefits of Terraform include real-time collaboration among programmers, deployment speed, change management, high scalability, and better customer experience.

Terraform integrates with on-premise VMs or platform services.

Terraform and Kubernetes are frequently used together. Terraform is about infrastructure orchestration and Kubernetes is about container orchestration. They both use declarative languages and orchestrate resources dynamically and intelligently. Kubernetes is an open-source platform for managing containerized workloads and services that facilitates both declarative configuration and automation.

When the whole cloud infrastructure is treated as code and all the parameters are combined in declarative configuration files, all team members can easily collaborate on the infrastructure configuration, as they would on any other code.

The IaC language of Terraform enables developers to implement faster with fewer errors, to increase security, and to enable scalability. Environment-desired states are coded which reduces error and allows teams to move faster and with greater nimbleness.

Terraform Benefits

Its vendor, Red Hat, refers to OpenShift as “Enterprise Kubernetes”, but that really only makes the 2 confusing as they are not alternatives but rather 2 elements of containerized cloud and on-premise solutions that work in tandem as Kubernetes is a structural and requisite part of OpenShift. Below highlights the differences between the two and clarifies some often misunderstood points.

Applications for Terraform include:

Software development.

Infrastructure management.

Cloud monitoring.

Software Development

  • Reduce bugs with uniform environments uniform across the whole cycle
  • Reduce deployment speed
  • Make deployments repeatable and predictable.

Infrastructure Management

  • Automate all actions that can be automated 
  • Backup databases faster
  • Deploy new feature releases faster with fewer errors.

Cloud Monitoring

  • Configure and provision Operations as Code quickly
  • Automate metrics, alarms, and dashboards creation.

Terraform Cloud or Terraform Enterprise?

Our Terraform consulting team will help you decide which is the best way to go. Below is a general overview of each.

Terraform Cloud

Terraform has evolved to Terraform Cloud which is a Collaborative Infrastructure as Code product which improves productivity across remote teams. 

Terraform Cloud features include:

  • Remote state management
  • API-driven runs
  • Policy management

Terraform cloud is a SaaS solution and a good option for companies that do not want to maintain the infrastructure to run it.

Terraform Enterprise

Is the same application as Terraform Cloud, but it runs in your cloud environment or data center. 

It is ideal for users who want more control over the Terraform Cloud Application. It also supports users who wish to run it in restricted networks behind corporate firewalls (private cloud). 

Terraform Cloud and AWS Consulting

Terraform can be used on almost any infrastructure or cloud service provider. At DinoCloud we have a deep understanding of coupling with AWS, using the official provider.

While AWS does have its own infrastructure as code (IaC) known as AWS CloudFormation, in many instances it is better to use Terraform. AWS CloudFormation allows this by means of a CloudFormationRegistry Cloudsoft::Terraform::Infrastructure resource type. 

The resulting architecture is shown in the following diagram.

Terragrunt

While declarative languages like Terraform have improved infrastructure management immensely, they are not perfect as they evolve. That is where Terragrunt comes in.

Terragrunt is an open source tool that was created in 2016. Today it has become part of Terraforms backend and it helps by 

  • Keeping your backend configuration DRY – This can be done by defining once in a root location and inheriting that configuration in all child modules.
  • Keeping your Terraform CLI arguments DRY – Terragrunt keeps your CLI arguments DRY by defining those arguments as code in your terragrunt.hcl configuration.
  • Promoting unchangeable, Terraform modules (versioned) across environments – Terragrunt defines your Terraform code one time and to promote a versioned, unchangeable “artifact” of that exact same code from environment to environment.

We apply Terragrunt in many situations to boost team productivity. One way Terragrunt helps the overall infrastructure development project is by enabling storage of Terraform state in a shared location where each team member can access it. 

The benefits of using Terragrunt are extremely significant and we make a point of bringing these benefits to our customers in projects where we use Terraform.

Case Study – Doing Terraform the Right Way

Challenge: TuNubi is a digital wallet that needs cloud native infrastructure and security. TuNubi was one of the first companies in Argentina to emit VISA cards and it also formed an alliance with Paypal and other services.

Methodology:  Dinocloud suggested that TuNubi use a cloud native approach to its infrastructure development which included using infrastructure as code, and using a modules library. 

DinoCloud Terraform Consulting Services

We approach our Terraform consulting services by building on the tools, techniques, and know-how in the industry with our own experience and knowledge. We have diverse experience applying Terraform technologies for clients across many industries including:

  • Fintech
  • Agricultural
  • Marketing
  • High Tech
  • Travel and Tourism

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